On August 3, 2013, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was abducted by kidnapped by family friend James Lee DiMaggio in Boulevard, San Diego County, Califorina, but was found safe in the Idaho wilderness a week later.
After a week-long manhunt, DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents during a shootout at the Frank Church- River of No Return Wilderness, where he had been camping with Anderson.
DiMaggio allegedly killed Hannah's mother and brother, burned down his house in Boulevard and then took Hannah on the run.
DiMaggio tired to hide his Nissan Versa by covering it with brush and debris. The Los Angeles Times reported that DiMaggio appeared to be fortifying a patch of wilderness when he was fatally shot to death by an FBI agent.
According to San Diego Superior Court records, DiMaggio’s late father – James Everet DiMaggio – also had a criminal record. In 1988, DiMaggio's father professed his love to a teenager girl and said he wanted to "take her away" from her family. Now a woman, the victim claims the elder DiMaggio held her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her, her boyfriend and her brother.
Shortly after her rescue, Hannah Anderson discussed her kidnapping on social media. She fielded anonymous questions on the website ask.fm, where she stated that she was "absolutely" glad that DiMaggio is dead.
A few days after being rescued in the Idaho wilderness, Hannah Anderson attended a fundraiser Thursday for her and her family at a Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, a community located 20 miles northeast of San Diego.
"This is a small community that we are a part of, and the community came together putting on this great fundraiser for Hannah and hopefully for her future and healing," her father, Brett Anderson, said. "This is how Lakeside rolls."
An Anderson family stated that DiMaggio left a life insurance policy from his job as a telecommunications tech that named Hannah and Ethan's grandmother, Bernice Anderson, as the beneficiary. The policy reportedly states specifically that DiMaggio didn't want to give it to either parent because he didn't trust them."
The family of James Lee DiMaggio now suspects that he may have had a relationship with Christina Anderson, who he killed, and that her children may be his and not Brent Anderson's, reports CBS station KCBS in Los Angeles.
Phone records indicated that DiMaggio and Anderson called each other approximately 13 times shortly before both their phones were turned off on August 4. Later, while searching DiMaggio's home, San Diego deputies discovered handwritten letters to DiMaggio from Hannah. Contents of the letters have not been revealed. and the handwritten note were not revealed in the affidavit.
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It was a summer slam in Santa Barbara from what was once Hurricane Marie. Now it has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but the force coming in from the Pacific Ocean has roughed up some of our coastline.
A catalytic converter in a passing vehicle is suspected to be the cause of a brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on the Harris Grade, near Lompoc. Firefighters were able to limit the blaze to less than 20 acres.
A Hurricane making its way through the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring high surf and strong currents to Ventura County south and southeast-facing beaches this week. Rescuers are urging the public to be cautious while entering the water, but surfers are enjoying the bigger sets.