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.