Father to Abducted Teen: If You Get a Chance, Run

Body of brother might have been found

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2013 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police are still hunting for James DiMaggio, suspected of killing a female friend of his in California and abducting one or possibly two of her children. Police originally thought DiMaggio left with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, but now it appears that Ethan never made it that far. Charred remains found in DiMaggio's burned home in San Diego are consistent with that of a boy Ethan's age, reports CNN. The remains of the children's mother were previously identified in the house.

A statement from the children's father also suggests authorities think Ethan is dead, because he didn't mention the boy. "Jim, I can't fathom what you were thinking. The damage is done. I'm begging you to let my daughter go. You've taken everything else," said Brett Anderson. "Hannah, we all love you very much. If you have a chance, you take it, you run. You'll be found." The case is the first in California in which a statewide Amber Alert went out to the general public via cell phones, notes the Los Angeles Times.

This composite photo released by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee Dimaggio, 40, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.
This composite photo released by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee Dimaggio, 40, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.   (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department)
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