Warrant reveals items seized from James DiMaggio's burned Boulevard home
Investigators: DiMaggio used devices to set fires
Last Updated: 118 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A handwritten note, ammunition and arson wire were among the items seized by investigators at the burned-out Boulevard home of kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio, according to a search warrant.
In a warrant obtained by 10News, investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said they believed 40-year-old DiMaggio used an explosive device to set a fire at his home on 2071 Ross Avenue on August 4. The body of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson was found in the home, according to investigators.
- Click here to view part 1 of the search warrant for DiMaggio's home (mobile users: http://bit.ly/17QoSuU)
- Click here to view part 2 of the search warrant for DiMaggio's home (mobile users: http://bit.ly/14PMKRq)
According to the warrant, fire crews battling the house fire noticed that a fire was burning in the detached three-car garage on the property. Investigators said DiMaggio detonated another device in the garage, which is where the body of 44-year-old Christina Anderson was found face down under a tarp. The family's dog was also found dead in the garage.
Investigators determined Anderson and her son were tortured before being killed. A crow bar and blood was found near her head; the exact cause of Ethan's death has not been released.
According to the warrant, investigators seized numerous items from the property, including: arson wire, boxes of ammunition, shotgun shells, cartridges, wiring, camping equipment, clothing, two used condoms and a handwritten note.
Investigators also found something labeled in the warrant as "Letters from Hanna" (sic), but the contents of the note and letters were not revealed in the warrant.
The document also does not indicate who wrote the note, or how it's related to the investigation.
Click here to view the listing of items seized from DiMaggio's home (mobile users: http://bit.ly/16fn4O8)
Authorities said that after DiMaggio set the fires, he fled the state with Anderson's 16-year-old daughter Hannah as his captive, prompting a nationwide Amber Alert.
DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson were located last Saturday near Morehead Lake, about 80 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho. Authorities said when a federal hostage-rescue team spotted the pair, the suspect shot at them with a rifle.
At least one agent returned fire, killing DiMaggio, according to law enforcement officials.
Hannah, who was unharmed, was told of the deaths of her mother and brother following her rescue. She returned to San Diego County earlier this week.
According to a separate search warrant, Hannah was picked up from cheerleading practice at Sweetwater High School about 4 p.m. on Aug. 4.
Records show that prior to her phone and DiMaggio's phone being shut off that afternoon, they called each other 13 times, according to the warrant.
Authorities learned through interviews with Hannah's friend that DiMaggio -- who the family called "Uncle Jim" -- took her on multiple day trips, the most recent one to Malibu and Hollywood.
Also in the documents, during the active search for DiMaggio, it was noted by authorities that DiMaggio's sister, Lora Robinson, made "multiple/unusually large volume of calls to DiMaggio's phone on the day of the crime."
DiMaggio had been a friend of Hannah's dad's for about 20 years, and Brett Anderson, who was separated from his wife, had asked him to look after his family when a job transfer took him to Tennessee several months ago, according to published reports.
SEARCH WARRANTS RELEASED WEDNESDAY:
Warrant 1 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/18vO1NI)
Warrant 2 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/13lk2Kd)
Warrant 3 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/16cMxHK)
Warrant 4 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/13BklLE)
Warrant 5 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/19uepfe)
Warrant 6 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/13BkoHl)
Warrant 7 (mobile users: http://bit.ly/1d8H6xr)
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