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Friday, May 10, 2013

Search for triple homicide suspect continues in Petrolia area-update 5/16 Featured

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 Photo above shows murder suspect Shane Franklin Miller, white male, red hair, blue eyes, 5’10”, 200 pounds, DOB 05/08/1968, 45 years of age.

Important Note: Due to on-going law enforcement activity related to this case, the Bureau of Land Management has announced that the King Range National Conservation Area wilderness and recreation sites, including the Lost Coast Trail, are closed until further notice. Click here for more information.  Additional note: Audio updates below are ordered in chronological order (older first).

Update for Thurs., May 16, 2013 highlights: On day 8 of the massive manhunt for triple-murder suspect Shane Miller, there have been no confirmed sightings of Miller since his pickup was found in Petrolia on May 8; currently plans are being made to scale back the search force in the Mattole Valley, but patrols in the area will be intensified; King Range will be closed through May 30, but local Schools in the area will remain open. Click here for the May 16 audio update.

Update for Wed., May 15, 2013: Hikers found Shane Miller's dog- click here for that story.

Update for Mon., May 14, 2013 highlights: Search for Shane Miller continues; swat team searches cabins and trails in King Range; 100 people attend community meeting with Humboldt and Shasta County Sheriff's Offices representatives on Sun., May 12; search for Miller will continue in King Range area until evidence is found that Miller is not in the area; a second public meeting is scheduled for Wed., May 15 at the Honeydew School at 5 pm; checkpoints north and south of Petrolia are still in effect. 

Update for Mon., May 13, 2013 highlights: Search for Shane Miller continues; swat teams search cabins and trails in King Range; 100 people attend community meeting with Humboldt and Shasta County Sheriff's Offices representatives on Sun., May 12; search for Miller will continue in King Range area until evidence is found that Miller is not in the area; a second public meeting is scheduled for Wed., May 15 at the Honeydew School at 5 pm; checkpoints north and south of Petrolia are still in effect. Click here for the May 13 audio update.

Update on the Miller manhunt for Sat, May 11, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

Highlights from the Press Release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office indicate:

  • Over 70 law enforcement officers are in the Mattole Valley and BLM Kings Range Recreation area searching for triple murder suspect Shane Miller.
  • Resources include: SWAT Teams from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Shasta County Sheriffs Office, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office and California Department of Corrections, law enforcement officers from Arcata Police, Eureka Police, Fortuna Police, Rio Dell Police, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, Cal-Fire, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Also involved in the search are helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and Kern County Sheriff's Office, and a team of U.S. Marshalls, along with a specialized communications truck which they brought with them.
  • Officers are re-searching some areas that have been previously searched and are expanding their search areas. They are also checking numerous cabins in the area. There has been no sighting of Miller since his truck was located in the 30000 block of Mattole Road.
  • The Tour of the Unknown Coast Bike Race is currently taking place, and law enforcement officers are providing additional security for the racers who are traveling through the Mattole Valley area. There have been no issues regarding the race as of noon today (Sat.).
  • Area residents are no longer being requested to shelter in place.  However, they are being advised to stay in at night and lock their doors. They are also requested to report any break-ins or other unusual activity immediately. The law enforcement checkpoints have been lifted during the race. However, check points will continue during night time hours.

Hear KMUD newscasts and updates (most recent at the bottom) about this on-going incident- see the original post on this incident below.


In the afternoon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, a tip that the vehicle, a Gold Dodge 2010 pickup truck belonging to triple murder suspect, Shane Miller, was seen at the mouth of the Mattole River prompted action from local Humboldt County Sheriff's Officers, CHP, Fortuna Police Department and Rio Dell Police. A search of the area resulted in locating Miller's empty truck in the 30000 block of Mattole Road in Petrolia, Calif. (see map below). A command post for the on-going manhunt has been set up at the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department.

The suspect, Shane Miller, is believed to have killed his wife, 34-year-old Sandy Miller, and their two daughters, 8-year-old Shelby and 4-year-old Shasta. The three were found dead at their home in Shingletown, Shasta County, Calif., at around 8 p.m. on Tues., May 7.

Miller is considered armed and dangerous, possibly having access to a cache of weapons. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office (530) 245-6025 or, in Humboldt County, call the Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The public should not approach Miller.  If he is seen call 911.

Use the player below to hear more on this unfolding story. This piece, including an interview with Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer for the BLM, was aired on the KMUD Local News by News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad on Thurs., May 9, 2013.


Additional late breaking information is found in this piece by KMUD News Correspondent, Eileen Russell which also aired on Thurs, May 9 on KMUD Local News.

The audio below is from a piece aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., May 10, 2013. It contains updated information and several interviews submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell, reporting on the ground from Petrolia, the active current search location for wanted triple-murder suspect Shane Miller.  Audio highlights include an interview with one of the hikers evacuated from the Loast Coast area due to the manhunt, the scope and protocol for the search, and public awareness that checkpoints have been set up in the area.

 The player below contains audio from the update on the Shane Miller Manhunt. This update was aired Mon., May 13, 2013 by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, and contains content provided by Community Journalist, Willow Rain, on the Community Meeting which took place in Petrolia Sun., May 12.

 Use the player below to hear the Shane Miller manhunt update, aired Thurs., May 16, 2013 by KMUD News Correspondent, Eileen Russell.

On-Scene Photos of Shane Miller Manhunt - taken by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell

 

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