Sunday Update: Manhunt Continues For Shane Miller, Community Briefed on Search
Updated On: May 13 2013 01:53:48 AM CDT
More than 70 law enforcement officers were in the Mattole Valley and the Kings Range Recreation Area, also known as the Lost Coast, searching for Shane Miller on Sunday.
Miller is accused of murdering his wife Sandy, 34, and their two daughters, Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 4, at their Shingletown home on Tuesday.
On Sunday a spokesperson with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said law enforcement held a community meeting to address the public's concerns and questions about the search.
People who live in the area are no longer being asked to stay in their homes, however they are being advised to stay in at night and lock their doors.
The Sheriff's Office is also requesting that homeowners report any break-ins or other unusual activity immediately.
Sunday marked day five of the search for Miller who has remained elusive since his truck was discovered in Humboldt County on Wednesday.
A spokesperson with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said S.W.A.T. Teams from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County Sheriffs Office, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and California Department of Corrections were on scene, along with law enforcement officers from Arcata Police, Eureka Police, Fortuna Police, Rio Dell Police, the California Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Also aiding in the search are helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and Kern County Sheriff’s Office, along with a team of United States Marshals, who brought a specialized communications truck with them.
According to the Sheriff's Office the Kings Range Conservation Area is 65,000 acres in size, and has no paved roads.
Officers are re-searching some areas that have been previously searched and are expanding their search area as well. 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 on Wednesday.
Shane Franklin Miller is described as a white male, 45 years-old, 5'10", and 200 lbs. He has blue eyes and red hair.
He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
If you see him, you are asked to call 911.
According to court records Miller has been previously convicted of felony cultivation of marijuana as well as money laundering and possessing firearms.
The records also indicate he served 46 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm.
Miller is believed to have fled to Petrolia, in Humboldt County about 200 miles west of Shingletown shortly after the alleged murders that took place on Tuesday night.
Miller grew up in Humboldt County and is believed to be very familiar with the rugged terrain in the area.