Originally posted 1:58 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 6, 2013
Another relative has come forward Tuesday to say that the family believes one of two children who are the subject of an Amber Alert is dead.
Ethan Anderson, 8, and his sister Hannah, 16 – whose late mother resided in Lakeside – have been missing since Saturday and authorities are conducting a nationwide search to locate them.
Andrea Saincome, of Texas, however told Headline News's “Raising America” show that she believes Ethan's body was the other found following a Sunday fire in Boulevard. She is Ethan's and Hannah's aunt.
She made a plea to Jim DiMaggio, the man being sought for questioning in the deaths and suspected abduction.
“I want him to bring my niece home to her family. She needs her family and he needs to get her home,” Saincome said.
Investigators are not confirming the identity of the body at this time and say they may need up to two more days before making an announcement.
Also pulled from the fire was the body of a woman, Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside, the children's mother.
DiMaggio, a family friend who Saincome had met once, appeared to be harmless, she said.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary about him,” she told the network.
Saincome said Anderson's husband, who had been out of town, “is a wreck” and returned to San Diego Tuesday morning. She added that the only children who should have been at the Boulevard residence with Anderson were Hannah and Ethan.
Another relative posted on a Facebook page, Prayers for Hannah Anderson, Tuesday morning that the family is certain that the dead child found in Boulevard is Ethan.
“Although it has not been confirmed that the childs body is Ethan, the reality is that we are sure it is him,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, locally an El Capitan High School official confirmed friends of the Anderson family are planning to host a 7 p.m. vigil for Hannah and Ethan near the Lakeside campus.
It is not a sanctioned event for El Capitan, at 10410 Ashwood Street, the official said, so it won't be on school property, but the adminitration has been informed of the organizers' plans.