On August 3, James had invited Hannah, Christina and Ethan to visit him at his home in Boulevard, CA. Apparently, he told them that he was resettling in Texas, and that he wanted a chance to say his farewells. Meanwhile, he drove to the San Diego suburbs to collect Hannah from a cheerleading camp.
What happened next is still unclear. The following day, authorities arrived at James’ home to find it reduced to ashes. Inside, they discovered two bodies, burned past the point of recognition. On closer investigation, they realized that they belonged to Christina and Ethan.