Search underway for suspected killer, missing children

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An urgent search is underway Tuesday for a man
suspected of killing a friend, kidnapping at least one of her two children and
setting fire to his own East County home, where the woman's body was found last
weekend along with that of an unidentified child.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, allegedly killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson,
whose remains were found in the charred rubble of his house in the 2000 block
of Ross Avenue in Boulevard, according to sheriff's officials.

Firefighters extinguishing the blaze came across the body of the woman
along with the deceased young child and a dead dog shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities believe DiMaggio killed Anderson, a Lakeside resident with
whom he had a “close platonic relationship,” before torching his rural
residence, homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio told reporters.

The whereabouts of Anderson's children, Ethan, 8, and 16-year-old
Hannah, have been unknown since the night of the fire. Investigators believed
DiMaggio abducted the teenager and perhaps her brother, then fled the region.

Detectives also suspect that the body of the child found in the burned-
out residence could be that of Ethan, Giannantonio said.

The apparent homicide victims' causes of death were under investigation.

A statewide child-abduction alert in the case was issued Monday evening.
Authorities believe DiMaggio may be driving a blue 2013 Nissan Versa sedan,
California license No. 6WCU986, and possibly fleeing to either Texas or Canada.

The suspect is 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 150 pounds, with brown
hair and brown eyes. Hannah is 5-foot-7 and 115 pounds, with blond hair, blue
eyes, a navel ring, nose stud and pierced ears. Ethan was described as 4-foot-
11 and 65 pounds, with sandy-blond hair. All three are white.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect or the missing
children was asked to call sheriff's communications at (858) 565-5200 or San
Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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