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Docs: Teen's mom, brother 'tortured & killed'

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  • Search warrant documents unsealed Wednesday reveal new info about the man who abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson
  • “DiMaggio tortured and killed" Hannah Anderson's mother & brother before setting home on fire, documents state
  • Crowbar found next to body of 44-year-old Christina Anderson, police said
Docs: Teen's mom, brother 'tortured & killed'

Hannah Anderson's dad thanks public for help

Hannah Anderson's dad thanks public for help

The California man who abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after she left cheerleading practice “tortured and killed” her mother and younger brother before setting his home on fire and fleeing with the teen girl, according to search warrant documents unsealed Wednesday.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, was shot and killed over the weekend by an FBI tactical agent in a remote area of Idaho. A preliminary autopsy report released Wednesday revealed DiMaggio had been shot at least five times. His death ended a massive, weeklong search for Hannah Anderson after the bodies of her mother and brother were discovered inside DiMaggio’s burned-out Boulevard home on Aug. 4.

The documents do not revealed exactly how DiMaggio tortured 44-year-old Christina Anderson and her son, 8-year-old Ethan, but they do shed light on how firefighters discovered their bodies in the suspect’s burning home.

According to the documents, firefighters noticed smoke billowing from a three-car, detached garage as they attempted to douse the flames coming from DiMaggio’s cabin.

Upon entering the garage, a firefighter noticed a green tarp with human feet sticking out, the document stated.

The body -- which was later identified as Christina Anderson -- was lying face down, and the tarp covering her was partially melted to her head, the document added.

“A crow bar and what appeared to be blood on the ground” was found next to her head, authorities said.

Also in the garage, officials found a medium brown dog under a sleeping bag with “blood near the head,” the document stated.

After securing the garage, officials worked their way through DiMaggio’s home and found “the burnt remains of a child,” which was later identified as Ethan Anderson.

“The remains could not be identified at the scene due to their condition,” officials said in the documents.   

“DiMaggio tortured and killed his best friend’s wife and eight year old son,” police said in one of the affidavits. “After the double homicide, DiMaggio set the house on fire.”

Unable to identify the child’s body found in DiMaggio’s home, authorities issued a nationwide Amber Alert for Ethan Anderson and his sister Hannah the following day.

Search warrant documents reveal Hannah Anderson’s cell phone was turned off at about the same time she was last seen leaving cheerleading practice at her high school on the afternoon of Aug. 4.

San Diego County Sheriff’s investigators subsequently placed “tap and trace” devices on DiMaggio’s e-mail, Facebook and cell phone accounts as well as Hannah’s phone.

The search warrant documents reveal that, prior to both Hannah and DiMaggio’s phones being turned off, they called each other approximately 13 times.

After the stunning rescue in the Idaho wilderness that ended her week in captivity, it was revealed that Hannah did not know that her mother and brother had been killed until her rescuers told her.

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old has gone online -- specifically to Ask.fm, using the profile name @Hannahbanana722 -- to field questions about her abduction from other people on the Q&A social site.

HLN has confirmed that the account belongs to Hannah Anderson through the father of one of Anderson's friends. 

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