Saturday, August 10, 2013

UPDATE: Manhunt for Murder/Kidnap Suspect Ends With Suspect Killed in Idaho Backcountry

Posted By on Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

UPDATE: 6 p.m., Aug. 10, 2013

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, suspected of killing two people and kidnapping the 16-year-old daughter and sister of the murder victims, was shot and killed Aug. 10 while trying to elude nearly 200 members of various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Law enforcement officials confirmed that DiMaggio had been shot by an FBI tactical agent during an arrest attempt near the north end of Morehead Lake. The incident happened at approximately 5:20 p.m..

The girl, who had been reported missing since the murder of her relatives, was transported to a local hospital.

ORIGINAL POST:

More than 150 law enforcement officials participated in the Aug. 10 manhunt, on the ground and in the air.

Anyone familiar with Valley County understands how many places there are to hide in the backcountry surrounding the tourist meccas of McCall and Cascade. That's why multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have descended on the region in their search for a man wanted in connection with two murders and a kidnapping in San Diego, Calif.

Shortly after an Amber Alert started flashing on smartphones throughout the region, law enforcement officials said they had discovered a car belonging to 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, who is believed to be traveling with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, whose mother was found dead—her body charred, along with an unidentified second victim believed to be Anderson's 8-year-old brother—in the burned wreckage of DiMaggio's San Diego area home Sunday, Aug. 4.

The car—a Nissan Versa—was covered with brush in an apparent attempt at concealment about six miles outside of Cascade. Camping gear was found inside the vehicle. Witnesses told police that they spotted two people matching the suspect and girl walking in the Cascade area on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

"It's treacherous terrain. It's backcountry," said Ada County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Dearden, who is also serving as a point person for the joint law enforcement effort. "We're going to bring in any resources we can on the ground and in the air to make this search successful."

Police worried that DiMaggio's car might have been wired with explosives, but none were found.

Investigators said DiMaggio was a "family friend" of the Andersons—who reportedly admitted to having a crush on 16-year-old Hannah—and had allegedly lured her and her brother to his house before killing the mother and boy, setting his house ablaze and kidnapping Anderson.

Saturday's search area is massive: more than 300 square miles.

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