Teen kidnap suspect DiMaggio died of gunshot wounds, coroner says

James DiMaggio -- the man accused of kidnapping San Diego County teenager Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and brother -- died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest and extremities, an Idaho coroner confirmed Tuesday.

DiMaggio, 40, died after he was shot six times, Valley County coroner Nathan Hess said.

Hess said the final autopsy report was not complete because the toxicology results had not come back -- he said he expected them “any day” -- but said the cause of death would not change.

“Even if the toxicology came back positive, it’s not going to change the fact that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds,” he said.


The manner of death was listed as homicide, Hess said.

DiMaggio was killed Aug. 10 as FBI agents raided the remote Idaho campsite where he and 16-year-old Hannah were found after a days-long search that stretched across the western United States.

Officials have offered few details about the shooting, but said DiMaggio was armed and fired at least once at authorities as they moved in on the campsite, located about 75 miles north of Boise.

Hannah was rescued safely and returned to San Diego County.

The search for Hannah began Aug. 4, after firefighters found the bodies of the teenager’s mother and brother at DiMaggio’s burning home in eastern San Diego County. Investigators say DiMaggio killed Christina and Ethan Anderson before kidnapping Hannah.

Christina Anderson, 44, was bound, gagged and beaten to death, an autopsy showed.

The body of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson was so badly burned that the medical examiner was not able to determine a cause of death, according to the report.


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