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Amber Alert tracks suspected California abductor north toward Canada

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(Read caption) Athena Stewart lights a candle during a vigil for Hannah and Ethan Anderson Tuesday night at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, Calif. The siblings have been missing since Sunday night and are believe to have been kidnapped by James Lee DiMaggio who is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, the children's mother.

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Smart phone owners in Oregon and Washington State were jarred by insistently loud “Amber Alerts” on their mobile devices this morning, notifying them that a suspected child abductor could be headed from Southern California north toward Canada.

Law enforcement authorities reported possible sightings of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa, California license 6WCU986, in Alturas, Calif. and then Lakeview, Ore. If accurate, this information means Mr. DiMaggio is avoiding major Interstate highways, traveling north on two-lane Highway 395 through the remote Oregon outback.

DiMaggio is a suspect in the death of Christina Anderson, the abduction of her 16-year-old daughter Hannah, and the possible death or abduction of her 8-year old son Ethan. Ms. Anderson's body was found in DiMaggio's burning home east of San Diego, near the dead body of a child who may be Ethan Anderson.

DiMaggio, 40, reportedly was a close friend of the family, joining them on camp-outs and described as “like an uncle” to Hannah and Ethan.

"He basically became part of our family," Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson, told CNN on Thursday. "There was nothing ever to show any indication of this. I can't fathom what happened in Jim's head. He obviously just lost it.”

At some point, DiMaggio apparently had developed a crush on the teenage girl, according to a friend of Hannah’s.

Marissa Chavez, 15, said DiMaggio told Hannah he would date her if they were the same age.

She said he spoke while driving them home from a high school gymnastics meet a couple months ago.


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