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August 7th, 2013
09:06 AM ET

Authorities Search for Family Friend in Connection to Amber Alert

The hunt continues this morning for a California man after the remains of a woman and a child were found in his burned out home near San Diego.

The suspect is on the run, possibly with a 16-year-old girl. Now the children's family is pleading for a safe return.

“Overnight, a vigil of hope for children allegedly kidnapped by James DiMaggio,” reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez.

The children’s' father Brett Anderson made an emotional appeal speaking directly to DiMaggio following the vigil.

“Jim, I can't fathom what you were thinking. The damage is done,” Anderson said. ”I'm begging you to let my daughter go, you've taken everything else.”

Investigators believe DiMaggio killed Anderson's ex-wife and possibly his 8-year-old son, then kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah.

“Hanna we all love you very much,” Anderson said, addressing his daughter. “If you have a chance, you take it. You run. You'll be found.” 

The case led to California's first statewide Amber Alert over cellphones late Monday night, with “road signs calling motorists' attention to the nationwide alert, investigators anxious to catch a break,” Marquez says.

Investigators are now updating pictures of the kids and the alleged kidnapper, “even a mockup of a bald James DiMaggio,just in case he's shaved his head to disguise his appearance.”

“Authorities are still analyzing the remains of a child found in the burned out home,” “Early Start” anchor John Berman reports.

“They won't say if it was 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, but his father did not mention the boy, when he called on DiMaggio to set his daughter free.”

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April 1st, 2013
05:36 AM ET

Manhunt for suspect in Texas D.A. death two months after assistant D.A. was killed – George Howell reports


Kaufman County, Texas (CNN) - Frayed nerves and a palpable tension cloak this quiet Texas county as half a dozen agencies hunt for the killer or killers bent on taking out top criminal justice officials.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in their house Saturday, two months after an assistant district attorney was gunned down in broad daylight outside the county courthouse.

The killings have residents and prosecutors in Kaufman, east of Dallas, on edge - and on guard. Are the deaths connected? Are they the work of a lone wolf? Are they retribution? Most troubling, will there be more?

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's George Howell reports on the intense search for suspects in the deaths of Texas D.A. Mike McLelland and his wife.

READ MORE: Who's killing Texas prosecutors? Chilling mystery leaves county on edge

Filed under: Investigation • Manhunt
March 21st, 2013
08:09 AM ET

Who killed Colo. prison chief and why? Jim Spellman reports on the manhunt

The manhunt for a killer continues in Colorado this morning. Police are searching for leads as to who gunned down the chief of the state's corrections department and a possible motive for the murder.

The family of 58 year-old Tom Clements says they lost a devoted husband and father. He was shot in cold blood Tuesday night as he opened the front door to his home outside of Denver. Authorities have not identified a suspect or a motive but want to talk to a woman who may have been seen walking in the area. Investigators are also looking for the driver of car seen in Clements' neighborhood the night of the murder. Jim Spellman is live in Denver with the latest on the search.

“So far, there are few leads, only a car seen idling nearby around the time of the shooting,” Spellman reports. “The same witness who saw the car idling near the crime scene, minutes later saw it driving…towards Interstate 25. Near the on-ramp to the interstate, there are numerous cameras. Police are checking them to see if they spot the car.”

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March 13th, 2013
08:26 AM ET

Motel standoff ends in Oregon for suspect in grandparents' death – Dan Simon reports


A standoff at a beachside Oregon motel ended Tuesday evening with the focus of the police's attention - the suspect in his grandparents' deaths over the weekend - being taken from his room and transported away in an ambulance.

Members of a "tactical team" entered the Lincoln City, Oregon, room of 26-year-old Michael Boysen around 7 p.m. (10 p.m. ET), emerging with no injuries, said city police Chief Keith Killian. The suspect had suffered apparently self-inflicted cuts, he added.

The image of him on a stretcher being placed in a waiting ambulance closed a day full of drama at the WestShore OceanFront Suites.

Boysen was taken into custody about an hour after authorities used water cannons to blast down part of the front door to the suspect's room, a move that showed authorities' intent to "just kind of step ... things up a little bit," according to Killian.

Dan Simon reports the latest on "Early Start" this morning.

READ MORE: Police: Motel standoff ends for man wanted in grandparents' deaths

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February 13th, 2013
07:08 AM ET

What are the next steps in the Chris Dorner case? Fmr. cop Lou Palumbo weighs in

Fmr. Nassau County police officer Lou Palumbo on the next steps in confirming charred remains in Chris Dorner case.

Filed under: Chris Dorner • Manhunt
February 11th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Police offer $1 million reward for help capturing ex-cop wanted in manhunt – Nick Valencia reports

CNN's Nick Valencia on the manhunt and $1 million reward offered for the capture of ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

Filed under: Manhunt
February 8th, 2013
10:25 AM ET

The danger of searching for ex-cop Christopher Dorner

Fmr. LAPD officer David A. Klinger on the danger of holding a manhunt for former officer Chris Dorner.

Filed under: Manhunt