Officials Working Through Evening To Find Murder Suspect, Missing Girl
Cascade, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A nationwide manhunt has been narrowed down to our own backyard.
This morning, the car of suspected kidnapper James DiMaggio was found near McCall, outside of the small town of Cascade.
Authorities say that's where he's been spotted with missing teen, 16-year old Hannah Anderson.
Today, Idaho joined the list of states that sent out an Amber Alert for Anderson and DiMaggio.
Idaho's First News has been following the story since Amber Alerts were issued in four surrounding states earlier this week.
We have reporters on the scene who attended a Friday evening press conference.
DiMaggio's car was found in the remote River of No Return wilderness area.
The car's license plates were removed, but authorities were able to confirm it as DiMaggio's through the VIN number.
The car has been found, now a number of federal, state and local agencies are joining together to find Hannah.
Hannah was last spotted Wednesday by hikers and campers on horseback.
At the time, they didn't know about the Amber Alert out for her.
They say Hannah and DiMaggio were carrying backpacks and a tent... and Hannah seemed to be in good health.
That's despite authorities' description of James as a "very dangerous man."
We also spoke to local residents about what's happening.
When you think Cascade, you think mountains and rivers...
That's why residents of this small mountain town say they were shocked to know the place they call home is now the scene of a national manhunt.
Randy Fritzmeier, a tourist says, "Everybody is kind of nervous and in the edge. It's a big deal and he's not exactly known for his kindness. It's not normal for Cascade."
Locals and tourists are on edge in the small town of Cascade. Many aren't sure what's going on. One thing they do know– a dangerous man is in the back-country.
"A good wake up call if people think nothing happens in small towns or from people in bigger areas who come through here. It's a good thing to be aware of," says Nancy Henningson, local resident.
Nancy Henningson, a longtime resident, describes the forest as a thick terrain.
Henningson explains, "It's a wildness area with no motorist areas, it'd a huge area and I certainly wouldn't want to go out there unless I was completely prepared. I hope this person isn't because there are many elements."
People in the area are on high alert, but remain hopeful James DiMaggio will be caught.
"I think he probably figured out where it is best to run to and maybe ditched the car. Maybe he's underestimating Idahoans and I think a lot of people will be searching for him and I hope they find him," says Trisha Wirdzek, tourist.
A massive manhunt in Western Idaho that isn't showing any signs of slowing soon.