SAN DIEGO — A spokesman for the family of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old Southern California girl and killing her mother and brother wants DNA samples to determine whether the suspect fathered the children.
However, a spokeswoman for Hannah Anderson’s family disputes the suggestion, saying James Lee DiMaggio didn’t meet Hannah’s parents, Brett and Christina Anderson, until Christina Anderson was six months pregnant with Hannah.
Andrew Spanswick told KGTV-TV in San Diego that there are rumors that DiMaggio fathered Hannah and her brother, Ethan, 8, and that it’s odd that the suspect named their maternal grandmother as a life insurance beneficiary.
Anderson family spokeswoman Stacy Hess says Brett Anderson’s DNA was used to confirm the identity of 8-year-old Ethan.
According to authorities, DiMaggio kidnapped Hannah after killing her mother and brother. Investigators found their bodies Aug. 4 among the remains of DiMaggio’s burned-out home outside San Diego. DiMaggio died in a shootout with FBI agents after investigators tracked him and Hannah to a remote area of Idaho.
The DiMaggio family spokesman didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.