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Friend: Kidnap suspect told girl he would date her

  • Amber Alert still in effect for 16-year-old Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson after mother found dead
  • Murder warrant issued for Amber Alert suspect, James DiMaggio
  • Best friend reveals disturbing details about missing girl's relationship with suspect
Friend: Kidnap suspect told girl he would date her

Disturbing new details surfaced Wednesday night about California Amber Alert suspect James Lee DiMaggio’s alleged relationship with
Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl authorities believe he abducted after allegedly murdering the girl’s mother and setting his own home on fire.

Hannah Anderson’s best friend Alan MacNabb told Nancy Grace Wednesday that DiMaggio, 40, told the teen he had romantic feelings for her before he allegedly abducted her.

“She had told me that when she had gone to a dentist appointment that he had told her that she’s beautiful and pretty and he had told her that he would date her if she was his age,” MacNabb said.

“She was really weirded out by it and concerned. I told her not to talk to him because I thought that it was really strange,” he added.

The best friend also revealed DiMaggio would often invite Hannah to his cabin in Boulevard, allowing her to bring friends, but said the suspect was always “really weird about guys going.”

During one of the trips, Hannah reportedly wanted to invite a boy she had a crush on, but DiMaggio refused to let the boy go to the cabin.

“He was very generous with her, he gave her whatever she wanted,” MacNabb said about DiMaggio’s relationship with the girl.

For Hannah’s 16th birthday, MacNabb says DiMaggio took the girl on a trip to Hollywood, but the trip was cut short after the two got into an argument.

During the long drive, MacNabb says DiMaggio “was really mad that she was on Facebook so much and not talking to him. She had deleted all the pictures that she took on his phone and he was crying and yelling at her and very upset that she deleted all of them.”

“They ended up cutting the trip short because of that,” MacNabb added.

When asked by Grace if Hannah had any concerns about going on the trip, MacNabb responded, “She was definitely nervous about it. She said that it was going to be weird being with him alone for that long.”

The best friend also revealed DiMaggio never missed one of Hannah’s gymnastic and cheer practices.

“She really appreciated it but she always said it was weird that he came to every single one,” he said.

The last time McNabb spoke to his best friend was Friday night around 11 p.m. The two exchanged text messages before Hannah said she had to go to bed because she had cheer camp coaching the next day.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued in California the following Monday for the 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother Ethan after their mother’s body -- 44-year-old Christina Anderson -- was recovered from DiMaggio’s burned home.

Earlier Wednesday, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told CNN the remains of a child found in the burned-out rubble of the suspect’s home are consistent with those of an 8-year-old, but authorities are still awaiting DNA tests to identify the body.

A San Diego Sheriff’s Department official told CNN Wednesday that the child’s remains could be Ethan, but they are still searching for both children and are hopeful they will be found alive.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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