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Police scour remote Humboldt County for triple-murder suspect

  • This undated photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's office shows Shane Franklyn Miller. Sheriff’s officials say Miller killed his wife and 4-year-old and 8-year-old daughters in Northern California. Shasta County Sheriff’s officials released the victims’ identities and relationship to the suspect on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, a day after the killings six miles west of Shingletown. (AP Photo/Shasta County Sheriff)

PETROLIA — SWAT teams from three counties and a team from the California Department of Corrections, as well as federal law enforcement officials and local police have joined the hunt for a Northern California man wanted in the killing of his wife and two young daughters.

The extra help — which includes two helicopters and an armored vehicle — comes as law enforcement officials continued Saturday to search through the rugged terrain of California's remote North Coast for Shane Franklin Miller, said Humboldt County sheriff's Lt. Wayne Hanson, a spokesman for the department.

Miller, 45, is suspected of slaying his family Tuesday night in the rural community of Shingletown, then fleeing to Humboldt County.

Miller — who is considered armed and extremely dangerous — grew up in the area and knows the thick forests of the region very well, officials said.

Authorities were searching for Miller through a rugged wilderness area, much of it federal land, with poor roads and limited access.


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