Search Scaled Back in Family Killing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) - The weeklong search for a Northern California man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters is being scaled back.

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said at a community meeting on Wednesday that Shane Miller has most likely killed himself or left the area. According to the Times-Standard of Eureka, Downey said the Sheriff's Office and other local agencies will remain in the area for the next week. But outside law enforcement agencies were leaving, and road blocks being lifted.

Investigators were searching for Miller in the Petrolia area of the county. His family was discovered slain on May 7 at their home about 200 miles away, but investigators found Miller's abandoned pickup truck the next day near Petrolia, and say he made contact with a woman he had previously had a relationship with there.

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