Missing children's father Brett Anderson explains ties to murder, kidnap suspect James Lee DiMaggio

Manhunt continues in murder, kidnapping

SAN DIEGO - The father of two missing children spoke Thursday about his family's ties with the man suspected in the kidnapping.

Brett Anderson expressed shock at the possibility that his longtime friend, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter Hannah and possibly his 8-year-old son Ethan, and allegedly killed his ex-wife Christina Anderson.

Authorities confirmed Thursday that tips are coming in, but concern is growing for Hannah's safety.

"We are very concerned for Hannah … that is a dangerous and desperate person," said sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.

The charred remains of a child consistent with that of an 8-year-old boy was also found inside DiMaggio's Boulevard home. Police are awaiting DNA test to confirm if the child is Ethan.

Anderson described Ethan as someone who wore his heart on his sleeve.

"He would give, do anything for everybody, loved everybody," he said. "He was just my buddy."

Anderson said in an interview that the hardest part is still ahead of him.

"I believe the hardest thing emotionally is still to come, when I have to go … and start cleaning out apartments and rooms," he said.

Anderson said DiMaggio has known Hannah since she was six months old.

"He was always around and we always did stuff together as a family," he said. "Sometimes [DiMaggio] took the kids camping, but we just were just very good friends."

Anderson said he was at a loss as to why DiMaggio would commit the alleged crimes.

"You know, I've come up blank," he said. "I've been through every scenario in my brain. There was nothing to show any indication of this, everybody you could even talk to loved him."

As he awaits word about his daughter, Anderson has the following words for DiMaggio.

"You've taken everything, the damage is done," he said. "Just let my daughter go, let her go home safe and let her be with me and try to mend things from there."

On Tuesday evening, Anderson also addressed the suspect through the news media. He also directed a few urgent comments to his daughter.

"Hannah, we all love you very much," he said at the Tuesday. "If you have a chance, you take it. You run. You'll be found."

An arrest warrant has been issued for DiMaggio.

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