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Amber Alert suspect dead; Missing teen found safe in Idaho

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Updated: 8/10/2013 9:04 pm
CASCADE, Idaho (KTVU) -- A Southern California man wanted in connection with two murders and the abduction of a 16-year-old girl has been killed in a confrontation with FBI agents,  authorities said.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department confirmed that 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio had been killed in a confrontation with FBI agents at 5:22 PDT p.m. in a rural area.

Hannah Anderson, 16, had been rescued and was being transported to a local hospital to be examined. Authorities said she appeared to be in good shape.

About 150 FBI agents – some from the San Francisco office -- converged on The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Saturday morning.
They joined roughly 100 law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshal's Service, Idaho State Police, Valley and Ada County sheriff's offices, the San Diego Sheriff's Department and other agencies.

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area is roadless, which means federal law prohibits motorized vehicles from going in. Instead, searchers are hiking or riding horseback, aided by trained search dogs which may be able to track the missing pair. There are a few airstrips in the 300-mile search area, where fixed wing aircraft and helicopters can land.

"It's called the River of No Return for a reason," said Mike Medberry, a 57-year-old writer and backpacking enthusiast who hiked in the area three summers ago. "This is country that is really up and down. 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 Anderson, whose bodies were found Sunday night in DiMaggio's burning house in California near the Mexico border.

Ethan Anderson's remains were not positively identified until Friday night, when the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said its crime lab had used DNA to determine Ethan's identity. An Amber Alert was initially issued for both children.

DiMaggio's car was found Friday morning about 40 miles east of the tiny town of Cascade, parked where the dirt road ends and the Sand Creek trailhead enters the wilderness area. A bomb team determined Friday afternoon the car contained no explosive devices; officers from San Diego planned to search the vehicle for any clues Saturday.

The discovery of the car came about two days after a horseback rider reported seeing the man and girl hiking in the area. Ada County Sheriff's department spokeswoman Andrea Dearden, who is helping the Valley County sheriff's department handle the case, said the rider didn't realize the pair were being sought until he got home and recognized them in news reports.

There have been no other reported sightings of the pair since Wednesday, but the discovery launched a massive search in the southwest corner of The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
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c9bcrewman - 8/11/2013 8:41 AM
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he got what he deserved.

cheriamour - 8/10/2013 9:59 PM
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The community of hopeful families is thankful for the rescue of Hannah Anderson. Thank you to all of the public servants and volunteers who worked to return Hanna to her Father. Our thoughts and prayers are for Brett. May the peace of Jesus rest with Christina and Ethan.
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