PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) - The week-long search for Shane Miller, the man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters in Shingletown last week, 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 (http://bit.ly/19z8Pmo)
, 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.
Action News reported yesterday The Humbodlt County Sheriffs reported the Miller's dog, a tricolored Dachshund named Gigi unaccounted for the night of the murders, was found by a woman in Humboldt County who on the beach at the end of Lighthouse Road in Petrolia during the late evening hours of Wednesday May 8, 2013. Two hikers were walking off the beach and were carrying Gigi. The hikers said they found the dog and were not able to locate an owner. The woman offered to care for the dog and took possession of Gigi. Names were not exchanged with the hikers and their identity is not known. It would be greatly beneficial to this investigation and the search of Shane Miller, if the location Gigi was originally found was known.
The Humboldt and Shasta County Detectives are asking the persons who located Gigi call the following numbers to provide that information. Shasta County (530-245-6025) or Humboldt County (707-445-7251).