People of Northwest Public Radio
Fri August 9, 2013
Updated: Missing California Teen Could Be In Remote Idaho Wilderness
Update at 5:30 p.m. PT:
Federal and western law enforcement agencies are scouring the southern portion of Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area for a missing California teenager. The car belonging the teen’s suspected abductor was found at a remote trailhead.
A man on horseback reported seeing who he believed was 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 40-year-old James DiMaggio hiking in a remote backcountry region of southern Idaho on Wednesday, the day an Amber Alert was issued for the teenager.
Ada County Sheriff spokesperson Andrea Dearden says half a dozen agencies are searching the area.
“It is a very large area that we’re talking about, it’s treacherous terrain," Dearden says. "It is backcountry. Like what you would expect. We’re going to bring in any resources we can on the ground and in the air to make this search successful.”
James Lee DiMaggio is wanted on suspicion of murder and arson after the bodies of Hannah Anderson’s mother and an unidentified child were found Sunday at DiMaggio’s burned home near San Diego.
Law enforcement officials have not closed any portions of the Frank Church or surrounding recreation areas.
If you have any information please call this tip line: 208-846-7676.
A missing California teenager could be in a remote wilderness area of Idaho. Authorities in both states have confirmed the car belonging to suspect James Lee DiMaggio was found near the rural town of Cascade, Idaho.
Two horseback riders reported seeing James DiMaggio and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson hiking in a wilderness area 70 miles north of Boise on Wednesday. That’s the same day a regional Amber Alert was issued for the teenager.
Authorities across the west have been searching for Anderson and DiMaggio since Sunday.
The Associated Press reports DiMaggio is wanted on suspicion of murder and arson after the bodies of Anderson’s mother and an unidentified child were found Sunday at DiMaggio’s burned home near San Diego.
Investigators in Idaho are working with federal law enforcement agencies. Given the remoteness of the area, gathering credible information could take several hours.
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