Shasta County Sheriff's deputies found a 'prefabricated bunker' and a cache of weapons on a property in Whitmore late Friday, after serving a search warrant in an attempt to find Shingletown triple-murder suspect Shane Miller.
Miller is accused of shooting and killing his wife Sandy, and young daughters Shelby and Shasta on May 7.
According to investigators, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has been conducting follow-up on information and tips that Shane Miller has been hiding in a bunker on his personal property and his family’s property located in the Morelli Ranch Road area.
On Friday, June 28, detectives apparently received credible information that there was in fact a bunker on one of the properties in Whitmore. An initial report to detectives was that there were vent pipes found coming out of the ground which had been concealed by wood and debris. Detectives and a tactical unit from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the Whitmore property while other tactical units were being assembled to assist.
At around 6:00 p.m., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of tactical units from the Redding Police Department, Tehama and Butte County Sheriff’s Offices, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Shasta Inter-Agency Task Force (SINTF) and air support from CHP Air Operations ultimately served a search warrant on the Whitmore properties to find Shane Miller. The properties totaled approximately 55 acres which were covered in manzanita, trees, shrubs, residences and numerous outbuildings.
Deputies say after an extensive search of the properties, Shane Miller was not located.
However, a prefabricated bunker was found buried on one of the properties in a wooded area.
During a search of the bunker, investigators say a large cache of weapons and ammunition was found. The weapons included various types of rifles, shotguns and handguns, all of which were seized.
According to residents, there was a small amount of panic out there in the remote area of Whitmore.
Neighborhood watch coordinator, Robert Prosser, said his phone was ringing off the hook Friday night with neighbors trying to get more information.
He said he had a chance to speak with deputies, and said they were only able to offer a basic understanding of the situation.
“We saw the CHP helicopter come by and it started circling around the area,” said Prosser. “We have a neighborhood watch system here and all the neighbors started calling. We made probably a dozen phone calls letting people know what was going on.”
Investigators are sorting through what was found last night and are currently processing the evidence.
There was no indication found during the search that Shane Miller was or has been on the properties since his wife and two daughters were found shot to death in their Shingletown home.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shane Miller is urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office or Shasta County Secret Witness.