Police warn of explosives, booby-trapped car in multi-state search for southern Calif. Amber Alert suspect

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Doug Stanglin and Michael Winter
USA Today

Despite reported sightings of murder and kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio in California, Oregon and Washington state, authorities said Thursday that they still have no solid leads on his whereabouts.

Nevada became the fourth state to issue an AMBER Alert for a 2013 blue, four-door Nissan Versa with California license plates 6WCU986. Authorities in Canada and Mexico are also on the lookout.

California authorities have said DiMaggio may be headed to Canada or Texas with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and possibly her 8-year-old brother, Ethan.

Charred remains of a child found with their mother in DiMaggio's burned down home east of San Diego have not been positively identified. Investigators said they were unable to obtain DNA from the body because it was too badly burned.

Citing a source, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Anderson died from blunt trauma and may have been hit with a crowbar.

DiMaggio, a telecommunications technician at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., may have fled with homemade explosives, San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser told KNSD-TV. He provided no details.

His car might be booby-trapped, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities have not said whether DiMaggio might also have firearms.

Dozens of tips have poured in from Oregon and Washington, but none of the reported sightings has panned out, homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

"For all we know they could be hunkered down in the Cleveland National Forest camping or something and waiting until this blows over and then they're going to come out," he told KNSD-TV.

Friends said DiMaggio is an experienced camper.

Giannantonio described DiMaggio as desperate and dangerous, saying the kidnapped teen "is in grave danger."

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