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Dogs join hunt for Northern California triple homicide suspect

  • Shasta County Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of a triple homicide Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Shingletown, Calif. Authorities in rural Northern California on Wednesday were searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting his wife and two young daughters at their home. Shane Franklin Miller, 45, was on the loose a day after the killings in Shingletown, Shasta County sheriff’s officials said. (AP Photo/Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

PETROLIA — Authorities hunting for a Northern California man wanted in the killing of his wife and two young daughters have brought in dogs trained to search for cadavers.

A Humboldt County sheriff's lieutenant says that while investigators have no indication that Shane Franklin Miller may have taken his own life, the canines are part of a larger search through California's rugged and remote North Coast terrain.

More than 70 law enforcement officers are scouring the area for the 45-year-old suspected of killing his family last Tuesday in the rural community of Shingletown.

About 100 people attended a community meeting on Sunday. And while schools have reopened, authorities are asking people to be cautious in their daily activities and to stay in and lock their doors at night.


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