San Diego Manhunt: Two Kids Missing After Mom Dies in Housefire

San Diego Man Subject of Manhunt for Murder, Kidnapping
James Lee DiMaggio (far left), wanted for allegedly kidnapping Hannah Anderson and Ethan Anderson

08/06/2013 AT 02:00 PM EDT

Californians received the first-ever statewide cell phone Amber alert Monday night after a San Diego-area man allegedly abducted a 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is also suspected of burning down a house where firefighters recovered the body of the children's mother, Christina Anderson, 44, as well as the body of a child whose remains have not yet been identified and the remains of a dog.

San Diego County Sheriff's officials alerted that DiMaggio was suspected of murdering Anderson. They said he might be driving Hannah and Ethan Anderson in a blue, 2013 Nissan Versa, with California license plate 6WCU986, towards Texas or Canada.

But they had no suggested motive for the apparent murders or abduction. They said that, based on a preliminary investigation, DiMaggio and Anderson were close platonic friends and not romantically involved.

The fire was reported at about 8 p.m. Sunday at the house, which is owned by DiMaggio and in Boulevard, a community in San Diego County near the Mexican border.
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