Dental records confirm remains belong to Shane Miller

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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sunday that remains found near Petrolia belong to accused triple-murderer Shane Miller. Authorities have been searching for Miller since May of 2013 after he allegedly killed his wife Sandy and daughters Shelby and Shasta.

"This is closure for the officers involved, the comunity and the case itself," said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office responded to the River Bar in Petrolia Friday around 11:00 p.m after a person, who choose to remain anonymous, reported finding possible human remains on the river bank of the Mattole River in Petrolia, south of Eureka. This was in the same area where Miller's truck was found after he disappeared.

Saturday, dental records confirmed the remains were those of Miller. Palo Cedro dentist Dr. William Farrell, a forensic odontologist, positively identified the remains.

When asked about the case Bosenko said, "I'm relieved that the case is over. The community of Shingletown has been in a state of anxiety, not knowing whether that person is at large or not."

Authorities believe Miller shot 5-year-old Shasta and 8-year-old Shelby before shooting his 34-year-old wife Sandy. Just weeks before their bodies were discovered, Sandy had visited One Safe Place, the local women's shelter, but chose not to stay in the shelter.

In July Miller was the subject of a CNN special show called "The Hunt, with John Walsh." Walsh is known for catching criminals through his former show "America's Most Wanted." Miller was the subject of the first show in the series.