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Amber Alert suspect's car may have been found in rugged Idaho

Amber Alert suspect's car may have been found in rugged Idaho
James Lee Dimaggio, 40, and Hannah Anderson, 16. (Associated Press)

A car matching the Amber Alert description of a vehicle wanted in an alleged murder and kidnapping out of San Diego County was found in a remote area of Idaho, state officials confirmed Friday.

Ada County sheriff's officials said the vehicle matches the description of the blue Nissan Versa believed to be driven by James Lee DiMaggio, and was found in a remote location two hours north of Boise.

The whereabouts of DiMaggio and missing 16-year-old Hannah Anderson were not known.

Federal, state and local authorities were heading to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Valley County, described as a "very remote, mountainous area" in a press release from the Ada County Sheriff's office. It was not immediately known when the vehicle was found or by whom.

Because the vehicle was found in "rugged terrain," Ada County sheriff's Deputy Angie Lowber said responding authorities will likely have to use all-terrain vehicles to reach it.

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Authorities said teams are stationed at "multiple access points around the wilderness area to monitor any people coming in or out."

California authorities are also on their way to Idaho, Lowber said. 

DiMaggio is believed by authorities to have abducted the teenager Sunday after allegedly killing her mother and 8-year-old brother in Boulevard, a rural border town in eastern San Diego County, and setting his house on fire.

DiMaggio has been described as a close friend of the Anderson family, but his relationship to Hannah is unclear. He was described by authorities and neighbors as an outdoorsman.

An Amber Alert was issued in California and later extended to Oregon, Washington and Nevada. On Friday morning, it was activated in Idaho.

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