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Search grows for Southern California man in death of woman, kidnap

SAN DIEGO — The husband of a woman whose body was found in a burned house near the U.S.-Mexico border said Tuesday that he knew the man suspected of killing his wife and abducting one or both of their children.

The disclosure came as a manhunt for James Lee DiMaggio, 40, expanded. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has said DiMaggio and the victim, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, had been in a close, platonic relationship.

Brett Anderson said he knew DiMaggio "very well" but declined to answer further questions as he arrived from out of town to meet with investigators. He did confirm that he had fathered the two missing children — 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson.

Brett Anderson said the couple was married but declined to elaborate further on their relationship.

Christina Anderson's father, Christopher Saincome, said he had seen the suspect two or three times through his daughter and described him as a good friend of his son-in-law.

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