Search Warrants Reveal Details In Double Homicide, Abduction
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A crow bar and what appeared to be blood was found next to the body of a 44-year-old woman believed to have been tortured before being killed in Boulevard, along with her 8-year-old son, by her estranged husband's best friend, according to search warrants released Wednesday.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio, 40, killed Christina Anderson, her son, Ethan, and their dog at his East County log cabin on Aug. 4, and kidnapped her 16-year-old daughter before setting the cabin and garage on fire.
Authorities located DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson last Saturday near Morehead Lake, about 80 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho. He fatally shot and the girl, who was unharmed, was told of the deaths of her mother and brother.
According to a search warrant released Wednesday, a fire captain found Christina Anderson's body face-down under a tarp in the garage and the body of the dog under a sleeping bag about 8 p.m. The crow bar and blood was found by her head.
The badly burned body of a child -- determined to be Ethan -- was located later in the residence.
According to a separate search warrant, Hannah Anderson was picked up from cheerleading practice at Sweetwater High School about 4 p.m. on Aug. 4.
Records show that prior to her phone and DiMaggio's phone being shut off that afternoon, they called each other 13 times, according to the warrant.
Authorities learned through interviews with Hannah Anderson's friend that DiMaggio -- who the family called "Uncle Jim'' -- took her on multiple day trips, the most recent one to Malibu and Hollywood.
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