Hunt for Fugitive, Teen Turns to Idaho Wilderness
Horseback rider spotted them on foot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2013 5:55 AM CDT
This composite photo provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows: James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her suspected abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, has spanned three states and thousands of miles. But now that law enforcement officers are at their closest yet to finding the pair, they face perhaps the most challenging search area of all. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is the largest roadless area in the lower 48 states, sprawling across central Idaho and reaching north to the Montana border. To call the mountainous terrain rugged is an understatement.

"It's called the River of No Return for a reason," says Mike Medberry, a 57-year-old writer who hiked in the area three summers ago. "It's harsh and rugged, with steep terrain, lots of downed logs and thick brush." DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah's mother Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan, whose bodies were found Sunday in DiMaggio's burning house in California near the Mexico border. DiMaggio's car was found yesterday about 40 miles east of the tiny town of Cascade, parked near the wilderness area. The discovery came about two days after a horseback rider reported seeing the man and girl hiking in the area. The rider didn't realize the pair were being sought until he got home and recognized the pair in news reports.

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Who_Cares
Aug 10, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
What you expect in country of murderers. Everyone is just a ticking time bomb and you don't know when they going to go off. The guy must got training at CIGNA Healthcare where they murdering employees and patients every day. You all laugh because you may think that you are immune. Just wait for your turn and there will no shoulder to cry on.
Smitty6398
Aug 10, 2013 11:17 AM CDT
There was an 8yr old brother, don't remember any mention of a sister? The 2nd body in the burned house has been ID'd has the brother. As rugged as that country is, I suspect that local Outfitters and hunters will be the resourses they use to establish the hunt. THEY are local and are well versed at stalking prey in those mountains (although the prey usually doesn't usually shoot back).
squiggysmom1
Aug 10, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
No mention of the younger sister worries me.