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San Diego Sheriff's deputies confirmed at a briefing this morning (August 9) that the blue Nissan Versa sedan belonging to James DiMaggio, suspected of murdering Christina Anderson, setting his house on fire, and abducting her children Ethan and Hannah, has been located near Cascade, Idaho, about 75 miles north of Boise.

Horseback riders reported seeing a man and a teenager matching the description of DiMaggio and Hannah in the area on Wednesday, then notified local authorities yesterday. After a ground search of the area, officers found the sedan, with the license plates removed. A check of the VIN number confirmed that it was registered to DiMaggio, though neither he nor the children were located.

The Sheriff's department has declined to release any further information at this time, including any update on the identification of the second body found in the rubble following the fire set at DiMaggio's house, believed to be that of a child.

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Visduh Aug. 9, 2013 @ 1:12 p.m.

I'd say that cops in other regions and in Mexico can stop looking for them. If they're on foot they can't move fast, and can't go far. But I'm familiar with that part of Idaho, and it has some densely forested areas (probably old growth), and is rugged and steep. However, there are some very good trackers in Idaho--the sort who hire out in the fall as hunting guides--who know the area well, and will find them if used in the search. A few days will bring this to a conclusion, unless they managed to hitch a ride out of the area, and that is always a possibility. The web is tightening. Hope/pray for the best.


Visduh Aug. 10, 2013 @ 5:32 p.m.

I stand corrected. The Fibbies are taking over the wilderness search, saying that volunteers would be endangered, since DiMaggio is wanted for murder. Hence the searchers need to be cops. The FBI is bringing in their "best of the best" searchers. Personally, I'd rather see them put a couple agents together with a local mountain man who knows the area in forming each search team. But nobody asked me, and nobody cares what I think. (The FBI has various specialty teams and it is likely that the majority of these agents are from Quantico, VA. They may be good, but that local guide/tracker can bring much to the hunt.) We will have to wait for this all to play out. Just keep praying, if you are into that sort of thing.


Visduh Aug. 10, 2013 @ 6:32 p.m.

It didn't take as long as I thought. He's dead, she's OK and will be reunited with her family tomorrow morning, according to the Idaho Statesman newspaper website. About as happy ending as could have been expected, given what had already been reported. Let's all give thanks.


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