Nationwide Amber Alert for Missing Siblings Issued After Chilling Discovery of Mom's Body

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Hannah Anderson Ethan Anderson, James DiMaggio
Missing children Hannah Anderson and Ethan Anderson and kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio

An Amber Alert is out for two missing children after their mother was found dead in a house that had been set on fire. Christina Anderson and an as yet unidentified child died when the house burned down, and cops in California believe a man Christina called a friend set the blaze. What's more, James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is believed to have taken off with Christina's two kids from San Diego, possibly heading to Canada.

Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother, Ethan Anderson, 8, have been missing since Sunday, although the Amber Alert wasn't issued until a day later. Their photos are being spread far and wide, along with a photo of their alleged kidnapper, and the hunt is on.

And mark my words, this hunt is serious.

There's always an air of desperation with an Amber Alert. In order to issue one, Amber Alert criteria require police to believe the child (or in this case children) is at "risk of serious injury or death."

In the case of the Anderson kids, we're talking about a man believed to have murdered a woman and a child. If DiMaggio set the fire that killed Christina and that poor kid, that means he has no qualms about killing, no qualms about killing kids in particular.

This is no sad dad who lost custody sneaking his kids out for ice cream.

This is an alleged sadistic killer on the run with two kids who could just as easily kill them as he could keep running with them.

The only way to stop him is to spread his picture far and wide and spread the photos of the children as well. Anyone who spots these kids and/or DiMaggio should call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's homicide unit at 858-974-2321 and after hours at 858-565-5200, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 888- 580-8477. 

Will you be passing this Amber Alert along?


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lulab... lulabellalula

Both my hubby & my phone started buzzing & emitting this alarm sound late last night, about 11:15pm and it was an Amber Alert. Didn't have much information on it, just said "Boulevard, amber alert. and then the car info" I hope these kids are found safe...what a tragedy for all involved :( 

Tiffany Goucher

The aunt is saying the childs body in the house was Ethan and this dude only has the 16 y o daughter. 


Looks very much like a sick bastard that would kidnap a teen and do things to her. Hope they find the guy quickly before he does anything else.

nonmember avatar Linda Claudia

This could not possibly be a case of a single mom trusting a random man I to their child's life? That type of thing never happens!

Darlene Clemson

hope they both are found safe and sound god bless the family of the mother


nonmember avatar Krystal

Linda she wasn't a single mom, read about it her husband the kids father was out of state for work. This man was close friends with the couple.

nonmember avatar Alexis

Actually crystal she is getting divorced and this guy is her lover. It's all over the news here. It is sad either way.

nonmember avatar Krystal

Well he still wasn't a random guy that some single mom had around.

nonmember avatar Alexis

Don't understand your logic Krystal but ummm...ok.

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