James DiMaggio left money to Hannah Anderson's grandmother

James DiMaggio left money to Hannah Anderson's grandmother

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The Amber Alert search for James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson intensifies in Idaho, where DiMaggio's car was found in a remote wilderness area near the town of Cascade.

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by NBC News

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Posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:30 AM

SAN DIEGO -- A man who died in a shootout with FBI agents after kidnapping San Diego teen Hannah Anderson and killing her mother and brother, named a member of the victims' family as his life insurance beneficiary, a spokesman for the man's family said Monday.

James Lee DiMaggio left $112,000 to Hannah Anderson's paternal grandmother, said family spokesman Andrew Spanswick. He didn't know why but believes it was for the benefit of Hannah, the 16-year-old he abducted.

Hannah was rescued in the FBI shootout on Aug. 10 in the Idaho wilderness and returned home to San Diego.

DiMaggio, 40, had been like an uncle to the Anderson children and the father's best friend.

DiMaggio named Bernice Anderson as the beneficiary of his employer-issued life insurance policy in 2011. DiMaggio once lived with Anderson and had substituted her in the policy for his sister Lora Robinson, the lone survivor of his immediate family, Spanswick said.

DiMaggio worked as a telecommunications technician at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. Spokeswoman Jan Coury declined to comment.

Steven Weisbart, chief economist at the industry-backed Insurance Information Institute, said insurers generally won't challenge a claim unless the beneficiary is suspected of involvement in the death.

Investigators have given no indication that DiMaggio had any accomplices.

"Pretty much as long you're dead, the insurance company has very little opportunity to deny the claim," Weisbart said.

Lora Robinson has taken possession of her brother's cat, Princess, from Hannah Anderson, Spanswick said. DiMaggio, a cat-lover, took Princess while on the run, and the cat was reunited with Hannah after the rescue.

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