Over the past several weeks, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit has been conducting follow-up on information and tips that Shane Miller has been seeking refuge on his personal property and his family's property located in the Morelli Ranch Road area of Whitmore. Shane Miller is wanted for the murders of his wife Sandy Miller and their two daughters, Shelby and Shasta, after they were found deceased in their Alpine Way home in Shingletown on May 7, 2013.
The Major Crimes Unit has received multiple tips through follow-up efforts, in addition to tips from Shasta County Secret Witness, that Shane Miller has been hiding in a bunker located somewhere on the property. On June 28, 2013 a Friday, detectives received credible information that there was in fact a bunker on one of the properties in Whitmore. The initial report to detectives was that there were vent pipes found coming out of the ground which had been concealed by wood and debris. Detectives and a tactical unit from the Sheriff's Office responded to the Whitmore property while other tactical units were waiting to assist if needed. That same day at approximately six in the evening, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of tactical units from the Redding Police Department, Tehama and Butte County Sheriff's Offices, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Shasta Inter-Agency Task Force (SINTF) and air support from CHP Air Operations ultimately served a search warrant on the Whitmore properties to find Shane Miller. The properties totaled 55 acres which were covered in manzanita, trees, shrubs, residences and numerous outbuildings.
After an extensive search of the properties, Shane Miller was not located. A prefabricated bunker was found buried on one of the properties in a wooded area. During a search of the bunker, a large cache of weapons and ammunition was found. The weapons included various types of rifles, shotguns and handguns found inside the bunker which were all seized and lead to an additional search warrant obtained by detectives. There was no proof during the search that Shane Miller was or has been on the properties since the homicides.
Shasta County Sheriff's detectives will continue to seek information and follow up on leads on the whereabouts of Shane Miller until he is taken into custody. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shane Miller is urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office or Shasta County Secret Witness.