Amber Alert issued in Washington for teen abducted in California

TACOMA, Wash. -- An Amber Alert was issued in Washington Wednesday afternoon after investigators learned a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl near San Diego over the weekend may be heading to Canada.

Police are looking for 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, who is believed to have kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. Police say he is driving a blue Nissan Versa with California plate 6WCU986. Anyone who sees DiMaggio or the car is asked to call 911.

An Amber Alert has been in effect in California since the abduction, but police say they have now have had unconfirmed sightings of DiMaggio in northern California and southern Oregon and thus have reason to believe DiMaggio may be trying to head to Canada.

DiMaggio is also a suspect in the death of Christina Anderson, Hannah's mother, and the possible death or abduction of her 8-year old son Ethan.

On Sunday night, authorities found the body of Christina Anderson near a dead dog when they extinguished flames at DiMaggio's rural home. A child's body was found later as they sifted through rubble in Boulevard, a remote hamlet 65 miles east of San Diego on the U.S.-Mexico border.

An autopsy on the child was performed Tuesday but no positive identification was made, said sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.

"It is a possibility that it's Ethan," he said. "Right now we just don't know. And we're praying that it isn't Ethan."

Sheriff's investigators said Christina Anderson was close platonic friends with DiMaggio. The suspect was very close with Brett Anderson and like an uncle to his two children, Giannantonio said.

Christina Anderson's father, Christopher Saincome, said he had seen DiMaggio two or three times and described him as a good friend of his son-in-law.

Brett Anderson joined hundreds of family friends and neighbors at a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, an east San Diego suburb of 54,000 people, where Hannah was about to start her junior year. Pink paper cups stuffed between holes in the fence read, "Pray Hannah," and dozens of white, powder blue and pink balloons lifted into the air.

Hannah Anderson is a gymnast on her high school team who likes to dance and makes friends easily.

"You would never see her without a smile on her face," said Marlee Friszell, 16, who attended Hannah's birthday party last week.