Sheriff: Rural CA Man Killed Wife, Two Girls

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in rural Northern California say the man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters at their home shot them to death.

The Shasta County sheriff's disclosed how the three victims were killed at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect, 45-year-old Shane Franklin Miller, remains on the loose.

Lt. Dave Kent says authorities found Miller's wife, 34-year-old Sandy, and his daughters, 8-year-old Shelby and 4-year-old Shasta, suffering from fatal gunshot wounds when they arrived at the home in Shingletown on Tuesday night.

Shane Miller wasn't there.

Investigators have released a photo of Miller and said he may be driving a gold-colored 2010 Dodge Mega Cab pickup with a camper shell. He's considered armed and extremely dangerous.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Authorities in rural Northern California were searching on Wednesday for a man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters.

Shane Franklin Miller, 45, was on the loose a day after the killings six miles west of Shingletown, Shasta County Sheriff's officials said. Shingletown is about 230 miles northeast of San Francisco.

"There is a manhunt for him right now," Lt. Dave Kent said. "He's a prime suspect. We're not looking for anybody else." Schools in the area were under lockdown, The Record Searchlight of Redding reported (http://bit.ly/18WtPDn).

Kent said deputies received a call from Miller's residence around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff's officials have identified the victims as Miller's wife, Sandy, 34, and two daughters, Shelby, 8 and Shasta, 4.

Kent declined to say how they were killed.

Investigators have released a photo of Miller and said he may be driving a gold-colored 2010 Dodge Mega Cab pickup with a camper shell. He's considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Miller may be heading to a cabin in Ferndale where several weapons may be stored, sheriff's officials said.

Shingletown, which lies near the Lassen National Forest, has a population of about 2,000 people.

The two-story house that authorities were called to is nestled among pine trees with a barn and greenhouse in the back, The Record Searchlight reported. Horses and llamas graze on the property.


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