Survivalist Still Missing After Family Found Dead

Shane Miller's wife and two young girls were both shot to death

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 23, 2013 2:13 PM CST | Updated Dec 23, 2013 2:35 PM CST

(Newser) – A California survivalist remains missing seven months after his wife and two girls were found dead—and his hometown is still grappling with the loss, NBC News reports. Shane Miller, 45, was a marijuana grower with a criminal history in Shingletown, a village nestled amid northern California's wooded mountains. When a woman at Miller's house called 911 in May, sobbing with loud bangs in the background, sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene—to find Miller's 34-year-old wife Sandra and two young daughters shot dead. Miller, of course, was gone.

Authorities found his abandoned truck the next day, but the hunt has gotten complicated. Finding a true survivalist amid the Douglas firs and redwoods of California's "Lost Coast" isn't easy, and Miller could be hiding in Mexico or even India. Investigators also searched other property of his and found a homemade, underground bunker with all kinds of guns—but no sign of Miller. And authorities say they are deluged with about 30 tips a day. Meanwhile, Shingletown residents have planted three memorial trees for the victims. "I really would like closure on this," says Sandra's hairdresser, who still feels her "very sweet" spirit. "When they get him, I know that I’ll feel peace."

This undated photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's office shows Shane Miller, 45.
This undated photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's office shows Shane Miller, 45.   (AP Photo/Shasta County Sheriff)
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