Wednesday night police received calls that Miller's vehicle may have been spotted in both Petrolia and Honeydew towns near the California coastline. Deputies and officers from the other agencies converged on the area. A search turned up the truck parked and vacant.
Local residents living in the midst of a manhunt along California's north coast are on high alert as continue their search for Shane Franklin Miller who they say is a prime suspect in a Shasta County triple homicide.
The discovery forced four Mattole river valley area schools - Mattole Elementary, Triple Junction High School, and Honeydew and White Thorn Elementary Schools - to close for the day as a precaution.
Miller is considered heavily armed and dangerous, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. The 45-year-old is believed to have gunned down his family at their home in rural Shingletown Sunday.
The bodies of Miller's wife, Sandy, 34, and two daughters, Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 4, were discovered after a call was received from the family's residence just before 8 p.m. It is unclear who placed the call, but authorities said that it came from one of the victims while the shooting was in progress.
Police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting. Kent said last month officers went to Miller's home on a domestic dispute call.
The search continues in Humboldt County for Shane Miller, the man suspected of murdering his wife and children in Shingletown earlier this week. Law enforcement has established a perimeter around the town of Pertolia, and will conduct a cabin-to-cabin search throughout the day. We will bring you the latest information as it comes in.