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Rural California man killed wife, 2 girls

Posted: May 8, 2013 1:31 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 1:31 p.m.

Shane Franklyn Miller killed his wife and 4-year-old and 8-year-old daughters in Northern California according to law enforcement officials.

 

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — 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.

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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