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  • Oregon alerted to watch for homicide suspect, two kidnapped youngsters

  • Oregon State Police received word Wednesday afternoon that a homicide suspect from the San Diego area accused of kidnapping the victim's two children might have entered Southern Oregon.
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  • Oregon State Police received word Wednesday afternoon that a homicide suspect from the San Diego area accused of kidnapping the victim's two children might have entered Southern Oregon.
    A witness called OSP at about 2 p.m. after spotting a blue 2013 Nissan Versa similar to the one believed to being driven by James Lee DiMaggio, 40, the primary suspect in the murder of Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside, Calif.
    OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said troopers and sheriff's deputies from Southern Oregon rushed to several highways and roads at the Oregon/California border after DiMaggio's car was supposedly spotted along Highway 395 near Alturas, Calif. The car was seen heading north toward Oregon, Hastings said.
    "There is a possibility that it could have entered Nevada, too," Hastings said. "We are taking this very seriously because there are two kidnapped children involved."
    The children are identified as Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8.
    Hastings is asking drivers in Southern Oregon to keep an eye out for a vehicle matching the description of DiMaggio's Nissan. The suspect's car has California license plates 6WCU986.
    Christina Anderson's body was found Sunday in the ruins of a burned house in east San Diego County, according to the Los Angeles Times.
    The two children could have been kidnapped the previous evening, officials said.
    An AMBER Alert was sent via text message to cellphones throughout the country, including the Rogue Valley. The case represented the first time such an alert was disseminated through cellphone messages, the Los Angeles Times reported.
    Southern California police believe DiMaggio might be heading to Canada to evade capture.
    Anyone who sees the suspect vehicle or the people involved are asked to immediately call 911 or Oregon State Police at 1-866-5AMBER5.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471, or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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