Kidnapping Suspect's Car May Be Rigged With Bombs

James DiMaggio's Nissan Versa may be ready to explode: sheriff
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
Calif. Murder Suspect May Have Rigged Car With Bombs
This photo shows James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16, whose mother, Christina Anderson, 44, was one of two people found dead in a house fire Sunday night.   (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department)

The San Diego Sheriff's Department has issued a warning to keep away from a blue, four-door Nissan Versa that appears abandoned: It may be rigged with explosives. This is the latest in a multi-state manhunt for James DiMaggio, accused of murdering a female friend in California and abducting one or two of her children. Police say he liked hiking and camping, and could be "hunkered down" in a West Coast rural area anywhere between Mexico and Canada. In other developments:

  • DiMaggio was very close to the family whose lives have been upended. "He basically became part of our family," said Brett Anderson, the husband. "I can't fathom what happened in Jim's head. He obviously just lost it."
  • DiMaggio's ex-wife doubts he was having an affair with Brett's wife, Christina Anderson, whose remains were found in DiMaggio's burning home Sunday. It was a "brother-sister type of deal," she said.
  • The ex-wife, who asked to remain anonymous, said DiMaggio was "nerdy" rather than violent during their 6-month marriage. "I would complain about the virtual reality game he would play all night. It was ridiculous."
(More James DiMaggio stories.)

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