August 7th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Amber Alert: CA Search for Missing 16-year-old and 8-year-old

A manhunt is underway for a suspected killer in California today.

Police are desperately searching for 40-year-old James DiMaggio, who investigators say murdered a family friend and may have taken off with her 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, and 8-year-old son, Ethan.

Anyone with information about the case can contact:

-San Diego County Sheriff's Department Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321
-Submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477

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“Time is critical, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports. “DiMaggio is considered dangerous and possibly armed.” (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

A vigil was held overnight for the children allegedly kidnapped by DiMaggio, followed by the an emotional plea from the children’s father, Brett Anderson.

He spoke directly to the man he considered a family friend, saying, “I'm begging you to let my daughter go, you've taken everything else.”

Anderson also addressed his daughter Hannah, saying, “If you have a chance, you take it. You run. You'll be found.”

“The body of the children's mother, 42-year-old Christina Anderson was found on Sunday night inside DiMaggio's burning home,” Marquez reports. “Investigators believe DiMaggio set the fire.”

Deputies also found the body of a child, but he has not yet been identified.

According to investigators, DiMaggio may have changed his appearance and Hannah’s. If her little brother Ethan is with them, his appearance may be changed as well.

“I don't want any of the public to think if they see someone fitting the description of DiMaggio and Hannah it's not them because Ethan isn't with them,” says Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. (WATCH VIDEO)

“But we're holding out hope that Ethan is still alive and okay with Hannah and hopefully we'll be able to get them both back.”

Lieutenant Giannantonio says they are following up on all tips and leads from the public in their search of DiMaggio, Hannah and Ethan.

“If anybody sees anything that they believe might be them, please, call 911,” Lieutenant Giannantonio says.

“We don't want anybody to try to contact them, go up and talk to them, find out if that is them.”

 

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