Kidnapping suspect James Lee DiMaggio, 40, has now been on the run for six days after police found his home burned down with the body of 44-year-old Christina Anderson inside. There was also an unidentified body of a child that some are speculating is her 8-year-old son Ethan. Anderson's 16-year-old daughter Hannah Anderson, whom DiMaggio was said to have a "crush" on, is missing.
The news is horrifying and it just keeps getting worse. Police are now warning that his car -- the blue, four-door Nissan Versa that may be abandoned now -- is rigged with explosives.
No one is sure where DiMaggio is or where Hannah is. But the search that began in California quickly spread to Oregon, Washington, Nevada, British Columbia, and Baja, California. A possible sighting was reported in northeast California a couple days ago quickly followed by another about 50 miles along the same highway in Oregon. Officers called the tip "very credible."
In fact, getting the warning about explosives may very well mean they are closing in on the suspect. They have known for days that his car might be rigged after they found evidence of explosives at his home. But until now, they have kept it mum.
Friday may also be a tragic day in the case because some are speculating that autopsy results will be revealed on the child who may or may not be 8-year-old Ethan. It's hard to know what to hope for. Even if it's not him, a child is dead and whoever did this is one sick and dangerous man who may have access to a 16-year-old girl.
DiMaggio's ex-wife has said that her biggest issue with him was that he played computer games all night and that he was more of a nerd than a criminal. So what could have prompted this crime? It was so clearly planned and plotted in advance. Who would do such a thing?
It seems a hopeful sign that police are releasing new information. They must feel they are closing in on him. Let's hope Hannah is returned safely to her poor father. After all, she is all he has left.
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.
Do you think they are getting close to finding them?
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