Friend: Suspected Calif abductor had crush on girl

Posted: August 7, 2013 - 5:22pm


This composite photo released by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16, whose mother, Christina Anderson, 44, was one of two people found dead in a house fire Sunday night. Dimaggio, suspected of killing the woman may have abducted the children. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department )

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — A friend of a missing Southern California girl says the suspected abductor told the girl he had a crush on her.

Marissa Chavez said Wednesday that she witnessed 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio tell the teen that he didn't want the girls to think he was weird, but that if the 16-year-old were his age he'd want to date her.

Chavez says Hannah Anderson was unnerved by the comment, which came a couple of months ago when DiMaggio was driving the girls home from a gymnastics meet.

DiMaggio was like an uncle to Anderson and close with her parents.

The girl's grandfather says his daughter visited DiMaggio to say goodbye because he was planning to move to Texas. The bodies of the mother and a child were found in DiMaggio's burned home east of San Diego.