Southern California Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother after their mother and another child was found dead inside a burned rural house near the U.S.-Mexico border early Tuesday.
The Amber Alert was part of a partnership between cellphone companies and the California Highway Patrol to send out urgent Amber Alerts via text messages.
Authorities were trying to locate Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8, whose mother, Christina Anderson, 44, was one of two people found dead by authorities sent to extinguish the fire Sunday night, a San Diego County sheriff’s statement said.
A second body, that of a child, was found dead in the rubble of the house’s detached garage, but the identity and manner of death remained undetermined. Authorities who released the news of the deaths Monday night wouldn’t say whether the body may have belonged to one of Anderson’s children. A dog was also found dead inside the house.
The suspect is the house’s owner, 40-year-old James DiMaggio. Authorities say he was in a close platonic relationship with Anderson. And it is believed Anderson may have abducted them. He is believed to be driving a blue 2013 Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986.