Shane Miller
Shane Miller

The Humboldt County's Coroner's office has confirmed that the human remains recovered near Petrolia on Friday night belong to Humboldt County native Shane Miller, who was wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife and two young daughters.

"Using dental records the remains have been positively identified as Shane Franklin Miller, age 46 of Shingletown, California," a release from the office states. "Additional examination of Mr. Miller's remains will be conducted this week."

No cause of death was listed.

Miller, 45, was the subject of a massive manhunt in the Mattole Valley last May. Authorities say he gunned down his wife Sandy and daughters Shelby Miller, 8, and Shasta Miller, 4, in their Shingletown home in Shasta County on May 7, 2013, before fleeing 200 miles to the Humboldt County, where he abandoned his truck and the family dog.

The Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department contacted the sheriff's office around 11 p.m. Friday to report humain remains had been found on a Mattole River bar. The sheriff's office and members of the Department of Justice responded to the scene.

Miller made contact with a woman he had a past relationship with in Petrolia the day after his family was found dead, and his truck was later found on Mattole Road. High school friends and others who knew him during his time in Humboldt told the Times-Standard that he has outdoor survival skills and knows the wilderness area where he was last seen.

Miller was added to the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" list last July, with a wanted poster that describes him as "an individual who has no regard for human life" and the only suspect in his family's "cold-blooded murder.


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Miller's criminal history includes arrests for possession of a firearm, ammunition, cultivation of marijuana, resisting an officer, and hit-and-run causing death or injury. In 2007, Miller was released from federal custody after serving a 46-month sentence for possession of a machine gun and marijuana cultivation.

Last June, officials searched an underground bunker on a property east of Redding that belongs to Miller. Investigators told the Redding Record Searchlight that search teams found the prefabricated bunker, but no sign of Miller. Inside the bunker, deputies found a "large cache of weapons and ammunition," including various types of rifles, shotguns and handguns, the paper reported.