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Update: Amber Alert Activation in Oregon Related to San Diego County, California Investigation

August 8, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

The AMBER Alert in Oregon activated Wednesday afternoon, August 7, to assist San Diego County, California Sheriff's Office in locating a 40-year old homicide suspect and two children is still in effect. Updated information indicates the vehicle color is DARK BLUE.

Since Oregon's AMBER Alert activation there have been 134 tips received into the AMBER Alert tip line (1-866-5AMBER5). A large majority of tips reported similar vehicles or vague details. OSP and other law enforcement agencies have attempted to locate vehicles of interest mentioned in the tips, and in a few cases vehicles were located and stopped leading to confirmation that it was not the suspect vehicle or suspect/abducted children. Up to this point there have been no tips received in Oregon providing solid leads for San Diego County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect, JAMES LEE DIMAGGIO, age 40, is believed to be operating a dark blue 2013 Nissan Versa with California license plates 6WCU986. Two children identified as HANNAH ANDERSON, age 16, and ETHAN ANDERSON, age 8, may be with the suspect.

Many people may initially have received a Wireless Emergency Alert on a wireless device shortly after the AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon. The alert may have been a unique audible signal and vibration. The unique signal and vibration are intended to indicate the urgency of the message and make the alert accessible to people with hearing or vision-related disabilities. The message contains up to 90 characters and gives basic information.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a FAQ section about the Wireless Emergency Alert program at www.missingkids.com/amber/wea. A link is also available on the OSP website.

Until otherwise advised, please continue to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle, suspect, and missing children. Information related to the activation, along with photographs of the suspect, children, and vehicle, are available at:

Questions about the original case should be directed to San Diego County Sheriff's Office at 1-858-974-2321.

Significant developments related to Oregon's AMBER Alert activation will be provided through update news releases and on Twitter @ORStatePolice. No other information available for release by OSP.

Additional information about Oregon's AMBER ALERT program is available on the Oregon State Police website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERALERT/pages/index.aspx


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