The Washington State Patrol has responded to several unconfirmed sightings of a blue Nissan Versa linked to the abduction of a 16-year-old Southern California girl.
A California Amber Alert has been expanded to Oregon and Washington as police continue to search for James Lee DiMaggio, 40, who is suspected of kidnapping Hannah Anderson and wanted in the death of her mother and a child who might be her 8-year-old brother. Investigators suspect DiMaggio might be headed to Canada, which is why the Alert was expanded into the Northwest.
Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Hicks said several of the sightings reported in Washington have been in the south part of the state, around Vancouver. The State Patrol is looking into every reported sighting, no matter how vague, Hicks said. The Vessel and Terminal Security, a department of the State Patrol devoted to policing the state’s ports and ferries, is also on the lookout for DiMaggio, he said.
Oregon State Police said there was a possible sighting of DiMaggio’s blue Nissan Versa in Northeast California near Alturas on Wednesday, followed by another about 50 miles along the same highway near Lakeview, in south-central Oregon.
Anderson’s 8-year-old brother, Ethan, might also be with the two, though investigators said a charred body discovered along with the mother could be the boy.
DiMaggio is driving a 2013 blue Nissan Versa with the California license plate 6WCU986.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.