On August 4, firefighters and police responded to a fire at a log cabin near San Diego belonging to 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio.
They soon found a green tarp in the garage. When officers lifted it, they “saw a human body was face down and noticed the tarp was partially melted to the head, and what appeared to be human hair.” Next to the woman’s body was the body of a burned child, along with a bloody crowbar and a dead dog.
They eventually identified the woman as 44-year-old Christina Anderson and put out an Amber Alert for her two children: 16-year-old Hannah and her 8-year-old brother Ethan, who was later identified as the second body found at the fire.
Five days later, authorities spotted DiMaggio’s Nissan truck parked near a trailhead in Cascade, Idaho. After getting a tip from some horseback riders about a suspicious-looking man and a teen girl, local, state, and federal officials began combing the wilderness nearby.
The search ended the next day with a shootout at a campground where DiMaggio was shot at least five times by police before dying. Anderson, unharmed, was returned to her father. Now that the search is over, police are releasing details about this tragic kidnapping and murder case.