Developing: No Explosives Found In California Kidnapper's Car Near Idaho Wilderness


By Andrew Reed

Cascade, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Boise Police Bomb Squad did not find any explosive devices in or near James DiMaggio's car during their initial search Friday afternoon.

The car remains parked at a trailhead in remote area of Valley County.

The car has not yet been processed for evidence. A San Diego County Sheriff's crew is on their way to Idaho to work on that.

Crews continue to search for James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson in a remote, mountainous area of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.

Some work will continue through the night. That effort will increase Saturday as more people arrive to join the search.

Idaho State Police found DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa — which was covered with brush and had the license plates removed — near a trailhead by the Landmark and Sandy Creek area around 9 a.m. Friday.

That was about a day and a half after a man on horseback saw two people who he now believes may have matched the description of James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson near the Morehead Lake area.

That area is about 6-to-8 miles from the trailhead. There have been no other sightings of those people since around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The pair was hiking with what looked to be camping gear.

At this time, investigators from multiple local, state and federal
law enforcement agencies are searching for the pair.

The area being searched — over 300 square miles — is in the deep wilderness and some very steep topography.

The horseback rider who saw the pair Wednesday contacted Idaho State Police later that night after reading about the Amber Alert issued in connection with the DiMaggio case.

The rider told law enforcement he felt the pair were acting a little odd but did not feel threatened by them or detect any imminent danger.

Idaho State Police then began searching the area, finding DiMaggio’s car around 9 a.m Friday.

Officers have set up checkpoints on the forest roads lead back to the trailhead and Morehouse Lake areas to monitor any people coming in or out.

As of Friday night there have been no reports of any stolen cars by recreationists in the area, which is popular with campers, rafters, and hikers.

Crews are searching the area by foot, horse, and by air. Over 100 people are either working on the search or are on their way to help.

At this time, the location of Hannah Anderson, Ethan Anderson and James Dimaggio is not known.

Agencies working on the search include: The Valley County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshals Office, Bureau of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Idaho Army National Guard, Idaho State Police, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho Fish and Game.

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