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Murder Suspect May Be On The Run With Victim's Kids; Reward Offered

Hannah and Ethan Anderson, ages 16 and 8, were abducted in Boulevard, California, on Saturday, according to an Amber alert. Hannah and Ethan Anderson, ages 16 and 8, were abducted in Boulevard, California, on Saturday, according to an Amber alert.
James Lee Dimaggio, 40, has been named as a suspect in the abduction of Hannah and Ethan Anderson. James Lee Dimaggio, 40, has been named as a suspect in the abduction of Hannah and Ethan Anderson.

NBCNEWS.COM - The prime suspect in the murder of a woman whose charred remains were found alongside a dead child in a burned San Diego County home may have abducted her children, officials said Monday evening.

Sheriffs said Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother Ethan, 8, were "in danger" and a statewide Amber Alert was issued for the pair.

Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio told the Union Tribune that officers were "working nonstop" to find the children as the search continued for James DiMaggio, the owner of the log cabin-style house where their mother Christina Anderson's body was found.

"We believe he murdered Anderson, and we believe that he set the structure on fire," Giannantonio told reporters Monday night.

A $1,000 reward is on offer for information leading to an arrest.

Officials now believe DiMaggio may be heading with them to either Texas or Canada in a 2013 Nissan Versa with the license plate 6WCU986.

Fire personnel found Anderson's body as they tackled the blaze on Ross Avenue in the unincorporated community of Boulevard at around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Sheriff's officials did not reveal how she died, but they told NBC San Diego that she had a "close platonic relationship" with DiMaggio, who neighbors told the station had moved to the area around five years ago from the city.

Arson investigators later found the remains of the child as they searched through the rubble of the burned buildings.

"The child's identity and cause and manner of death have not been determined at this time," they said in a statement.

Officials said they also found a dog that had been killed.

Hannah is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches, 115 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes, a belly-button ring, nose stud and pierced ears, while her brother Ethan is described as white, 4 feet 11 inches, 65 pounds, with sandy blond hair, according to the Union Tribune.

DiMaggio is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may have shaved off a mustache and beard, detectives told the paper. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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