The U.S. Marshals Service today announced the addition of alleged murderer Shane Franklin Miller to the 15 Most Wanted fugitives list. He is wanted by the Shasta County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office (SCSO) for three counts of murder, as a primary suspect in the deaths of his wife and two daughters.
He also is wanted by federal marshals in the Eastern District of California for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
"The U.S. Marshals Service reserves placement on our 15 Most Wanted for those suspected of heinous crimes such as the ones Miller is accused of committing," said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton. "Our deputies will use all of our available resources with our federal and local law enforcement partners to bring this suspect to justice."
In a news release, the U.S. Marshals Service released new details about the case and the events leading up to the deaths of Miller's wife and children.
The news release reads:
On April 20, the SCSO deputies responded to a domestic dispute involving Miller and his wife Sandra at their residence in Shingletown, Calif. During the dispute, Sandra left the residence with the assistance of SCSO deputies and drove to Humboldt County, Calif. Later that day, Miller traveled to Humboldt County, located his wife at a motel and returned her to the residence.
On May 7, the SCSO dispatch received a 911 call from the Miller residence. During that call, the dispatcher heard a female sobbing and several loud banging sounds over the phone. SCSO deputies immediately responded to the location where they discovered the lifeless bodies of Miller's five-year-old and eight-year-old daughters, and his wife. Investigators determined that the deaths were caused by gunshot wounds.
Miller is a 45-year-old white male with a criminal history which includes arrests for possession of a firearm, ammunition, cultivation of marijuana, resisting an officer and hit and run causing death or injury. In 2007, Miller was released from federal custody after serving a 46-month sentence for possession of a machine gun and marijuana cultivation. He poses an extreme threat to the community and should be considered armed and dangerous.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Miller's arrest. If you have information, contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102."
On a wanted poster, the Marshals Office said "Shane Miller is an individual who has no regard for human life. He is the only suspect in the cold blooded murder of his two young daughters and his wife in May 2013. Prior to this incident Miller made threats to kill his his wife, daughters, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her children. Miller is a convicted felon who has convictions for drug and weapons offenses. He is known to be an avid outdoorsman with survival skills."