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By The Associated Press
Monday, May 13, 2013, 7:03 p.m.
 

PETROLIA, Calif. — Authorities hunting for a Northern California man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters have brought in dogs trained to search for cadavers.

While investigators have said they have no indication Shane Franklin Miller may be dead, the canines are part of a larger search through California's rugged and remote North Coast terrain.

More than 70 law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions are scouring the area for Miller, 45, suspected of killing his family last Tuesday in the rural community of Shingletown. All three victims were shot multiple times.

Investigators found Miller's abandoned pickup the next day near Petrolia, about 200 miles west of the home that Miller shared with his wife, Sandy, 34, and daughters, Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 5.

But they have found no traces of him.

“We're going up and down the area trying to figure out where he may have disappeared to,” Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Wayne Hanson said.

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