State and federal authorities hunt man suspected in killing of wife and daughters

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 7:02 PM

PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) — Officers from at least a dozen California and federal law enforcement agencies have now fanned out across an area of rugged terrain along the state's remote northern coast.

They believe Shane Miller -- a man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters -- is hiding out in the area.

Miller, who is considered armed and dangerous, is familiar with the tree-lined canyons of Humboldt County, where he grew up.

Investigators found his pickup truck abandoned near Petrolia. That's about 200 miles west of the home he shared with his wife and their two daughters, ages 8 and 4.

Miller is suspected of killing them Tuesday night, then fleeing to Humboldt County, where low fog and dense brush offer plenty of cover.

Authorities are continuing to search the home where the killings occurred, for evidence and for clues as to where Miller might have been headed.

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