Coordination between local and federal agencies results in recovery
On Wednesday, May 7 we honored law enforcement from across the U.S. for their work to protect children. Check out all the case summaries on our blog.
On Aug. 3, 2013, after last being seen leaving a cheerleading event, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, were reported missing from Boulevard, California, a suburb just east of San Diego. The following day, a fire—later confirmed as arson—was reported at the residence of a family friend, James DiMaggio. Inside the residence, the remains of an adult female and child—which were later identified as the bodies of Hannah’s mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson—were discovered. There was no sign of either Hannah or the suspected abductor, James DiMaggio, in the home. An AMBER Alert was issued for Hannah.
After capturing the suspect’s vehicle on video surveillance at a California Border Patrol checkpoint, investigators were able to narrow down a possible location. Posters were disseminated to national parks and campgrounds situated near the last known location of the suspect’s car.
On Aug. 7, 2013, while horseback riding near Boise National Forest in Idaho, a man unaware of the outstanding AMBER Alert issued for Hannah Anderson, encountered an adult male and female child who he deemed suspicious. Upon returning home and hearing a news report about Hannah, he called the authorities.
On Aug. 10, 2013, through aerial surveillance, the FBI identified a possible campsite and the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team was deployed. After hiking to the remote area, the Hostage Rescue Team conducted an operation on the campsite that resulted in the death of the suspect, James DiMaggio, and the successful rescue of Hannah Anderson.
Congratulate the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and FBI.