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

(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."

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Dec 27, 2013 4:24 AM CST
Where do you get the idea your rights are protected by the government? The constitution is there to protect you from the government and the Second amendment was put there to protect the citizens from having their guns taken away by the government. That was in case the need came up to up rise against a repressive government! Look up your history of the constitution! The first amendment is there to allow you to speak out against the government and it allows you to speak your mind with out fear of reprisal from the government, It also allows the press to do the same! It also was put there to prevent a state religion to be established like the church of England at the time! I never have figured out how having a prayer said at a high school football game violates that right!
Dec 25, 2013 8:17 PM CST
I'm willing to bet he's in Mexico.
Dec 24, 2013 9:58 AM CST
1. It's simple. Back in the day, a simple: "$10,000 reward, Wanted: Dead or Alive" poster by the Sheriff would get many deer hunters and bounty hunters into those woods real quick. 2. It also would save a ton of taxpayer's money. What a great sport! LOL