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Witnesses on horseback say they saw a man and a teenager matching the description of DeMaggio and Hannah Anderson, 16, on Wednesday. Crews began searching the grounds on Thursday and found a car without license plates but matching DiMaggio's Nissan Versa description.
Law enforcement is continuing to search the area.
San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said Thursday that evidence recovered at James Lee DiMaggio's home east of San Diego suggests he might have fled with explosives.
The search for Hannah Anderson and her younger brother has reached four Western states, Canada and Mexico. The FBI and various state and local law enforcement agencies are assisting.
Fraser says it's possible DiMaggio was infatuated with the girl. Her mother was found dead at DiMaggio's burning home near a dead child who might be the girl's younger brother.
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Amber Alerts expanded to Nevada, Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for a California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.
Oregon state police said there was a possible sighting of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa in northeast California near Alturas on Wednesday, followed by another about 50 miles along the same highway near Lakeview, in south-central Oregon.
In Washington, State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger told KOMO Radio that a driver near Bremerton reported seeing a blue Nissan hatchback on Highway 101 on Thursday morning with a man driving and a woman passenger.
Winger said a trooper checked the area and was unable to locate the car.
The Amber Alert in Nevada was posted on Thursday.
Investigators have said DiMaggio may be headed to Texas or Canada with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and possibly her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, though investigators said a charred body discovered along with the mother could be the boy.
Also Wednesday, a friend of Hannah Anderson said DiMaggio told Hannah he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age.
DiMaggio explained that he didn't want the girls to think he was weird in an effort to defend himself after noticing they exchanged glances, 15-year-old Marissa Chavez said. She said he spoke while driving them home from a high school gymnastics meet a couple months ago.
Hannah Anderson asked Chavez to join her from then on whenever DiMaggio, 40, drove her to meets.
"She was a little creeped out by it. She didn't want to be alone with him," Chavez said.
DiMaggio was like an uncle to Hannah and Ethan. He was very close with their parents for years.
On Sunday night, authorities found the body of 42-year-old Christina Anderson when they extinguished flames at DiMaggio's rural home. A child's body was found as they sifted through rubble in Boulevard, a tiny town 65 miles east of San Diego on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The child's body has not been identified but it may be Ethan's, sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said late Tuesday.
Christina Anderson's father, Christopher Saincome, said Wednesday that his daughter visited DiMaggio's home last weekend to say goodbye before he moved to Texas. DiMaggio, who works as a telecommunications technician at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, was a regular presence at the Anderson family apartment in Lakeside, a suburb of 54,000 people.
"He must have had this planned," Saincome said.
Saincome said nothing seemed amiss when he called his daughter at work Friday to let her know she didn't call on his birthday. Anderson, a medical assistant, said she would call back that night but never did.
Investigators had no evidence that the relationship between DiMaggio and the missing girl was more than friendly.
"We're not looking into that directly at this point," Giannantonio said.
DiMaggio is wanted on suspicion of murder and arson in the search that began in Southern California and spread to Mexico and neighboring states.
DiMaggio's sister, Lora Robinson, told U-T San Diego that the allegations against her brother were "completely out of character." She said he spent four years in the Navy, left military service to care for her after their mother died of cancer and volunteered rescuing animals.
"He is the kindest person in the world," Robinson said.
She told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she believed her brother was also a victim of foul play, along with the Andersons.
"He tried to take care of those kids, and he took care of them as if they were his own," Robinson said.
Oregon state police said there were two possible sighting of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa on Wednesday.
In Washington, state police told KOMO radio that a driver near Bremerton reported seeing a blue Nissan hatchback on Highway 101 on Thursday morning with a man driving and a woman passenger.
The Amber Alert in Nevada was posted on Thursday.
On Sunday night, authorities found the body of 42-year-old Christina Anderson and a child when they extinguished flames at DiMaggio's rural home about 65 miles east of San Diego.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says it has received several reports of people spotting a car wanted in connection with two deaths and a child abduction in Southern California.
Sgt. Jason Hicks says people up and down the Interstate 5 corridor have reported seeing the blue Nissan Versa being sought by authorities. Some reports came in from the Vancouver, Wash., area; some from the Tacoma area; and at least one near Bremerton.
Troopers have been responding to each report but haven't located the car.
Hicks also says State Patrol personnel at Washington's ferry terminals are keeping an eye out, and that once the Patrol received information about the Amber Alert from California authorities, it forwarded the information to Canadian officials, the U.S. Border Patrol and Idaho police.
Authorities are searching for James Lee DiMaggio, who is believed to be with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. The car has California plates 6WCU986.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police say nearly 60 tips have been received from the public after an alert was issued in the hunt for a man wanted in a California killing and kidnapping, but so far there have been no confirmed sightings.
Police issued Amber Alerts Wednesday in Oregon and reported possible sightings that day of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa in northeast California and then near Lakeview in south-central Oregon.
Senior Trooper Daniel Swift, a police spokesman, said that as of 9 a.m. Thursday a total of 58 tips had been received, but no possible sightings have been confirmed.
Swift said he did not know the nature of the tips.
DiMaggio is suspected of abducting a 16-year-old California girl and killing the girl's mother and possibly the girl's brother.
The alert posted Thursday by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan Anderson, are believed to be with James Lee DiMaggio in a blue Nissan Versa with California license plates.
Amber Alerts were previously issued in California, Oregon and Washington.
DiMaggio is sought in the death of the girl's mother, Christina Anderson. Her body was found Sunday in the charred remains of DiMaggio's home in a suburb 65 miles east of San Diego.
Authorities reported possible sightings of DiMaggio's car on Wednesday near Alturas, Calif., and Lakeview, Ore., and Thursday near Bremerton, Wash.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger told KOMO Radio that a driver near Bremerton reported seeing a blue Nissan hatchback with a man driving and a woman passenger. The caller said the car was westbound at 7:45 a.m. Thursday on Highway 101 near the Jefferson-Clallam county line, which is about 40 miles northwest of Seattle.
Winger says a trooper checked the area and was unable to locate the car.
A California Amber Alert was expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities search for James Lee DiMaggio who is believed to be driving a blue Nissan Versa with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.
Authorities said that the teen and boy may be in the company of 40-year-old James DiMaggio. He is described as a white man, with brown hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.
Authorities said DiMaggio may be traveling to Canada, and the teen and boy are believed to be in danger.
The three may be traveling in a blue Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or authorities at 253-538-3240.