The bizarre case of James Lee Dimaggio keeps getting stranger by the day, and now police are saying that he may be armed with explosives, and, if anyone in the public comes across his car, they should use extreme caution.
DiMaggio is wanted for allegedly kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother Ethan. The 40-year-old fugitive had an “unusual infatuation” with the missing girl, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Duncan Fraser.
At least that is the theory that the police is working with. Fraser said, “that it may be something of a motivator” in the case.
Events started when, on Sunday night, police found the body of Hannah’s mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, after a fire was put out at James Lee DiMaggio’s home.
At the same time, a child’s body was found in the rubble, which could be that of the teen’s little brother, Ethan.
Fraser said it could take several days to identify the remains since investigators were unable to extract DNA, because of it being badly burned.
Captain Fraser added that evidence found at the scene suggests that DiMaggio may have fled with homemade explosives, without adding any additional details.
He also said the car may be booby-trapped.
“In the event that someone comes across the car, they need to use caution.” Fraser said.
The search for James Lee DiMaggio started in California and spread to several states including Oregon, Washington, Nevada, British Columbia, and Baja California in Mexico.
State and local police are on alert and the FBI is involved in the investigation, adding eight agents to a command post at the San Diego Sheriff’s headquarters.
DiMaggio is traveling in a blue Nissan Versa with California license plates. Possible sightings are being reported in California and Oregon.
Alfredo Arenas, international liaison for the Baja Californis state police says that, in Mexico, airports, bus, and taxi companies are on alert.
James Lee DiMaggio was like an uncle to Hannah and Etan Anderson and was close with their parents for years.