SAN DIEGO, CA - A search was underway Tuesday for a man suspected of kidnapping at least one of two missing children, killing their mother and setting fire to a home in Boulevard, where the woman's body was found, along with that of an unidentified child.
Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8, may have been taken by James Lee DiMaggio, 40, who is believed to have been in a "close platonic relationship" with their mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson of Lakeside, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Anderson's body and a dead dog were found as fire crews were extinguishing the blaze at DiMaggio's home and detached garage at 2071 Ross Ave. shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said. The body of a child was also found as crews searched through the rubble of one of the burned buildings, he said.
Investigators determined that Anderson was the victim of homicide, Giannantonio said without elaboration. How the child died was not immediately determined, he said.
An amber alert was issued after the disappearance of Hannah and Ethan Anderson. Investigators believe one or both of them were abducted by DiMaggio, who may be driving a 2013 blue Nissan Versa, California license plate 6WCU986.
DiMaggio is 5 feet 9, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Hannah is 5 feet 7, 115 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes, a belly button ring, nose stud and pierced ears. Ethan is 4 feet 11, 64 pounds, with sandy blond hair. All three are white.
Giannantonio said they have requested FBI assistance in locating them.
On Monday, ABC San Diego spoke with DiMaggio's ex-wife, who did not want to be identified.
She said DiMaggio met Anderson when she worked together with her as a receptionist more than a decade ago.
She said DiMaggio was best friends with Anderson's husband.
She described DiMaggio as an introvert who enjoyed video games but was never known to be violent. She divorced him in 2003 because she said he was getting distant.
Investigators from the sheriff's Homicide Detail, Bomb/Arson and Crime Lab are participating in the investigation.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the children or suspect should call the San Diego Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.