As the search for triple homicide suspect Shane Miller continues, law enforcement is entering into a night-time surveillance operation in the Petrolia area.
According to Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey, police expect to resume active ground operations on Friday. As of right, they are going door-to-door to cabins and residences searching for Miller.
Miller is a suspect in the triple homicide of his wife, 34-year-old Sandy Miller and his two daughters Shasta, 4, and Shelby, 8.
Downey told us that the terrain they are searching is rugged and remote. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is on the search, being assisted by CAL FIRE and California Highway Patrol.
Downey said there are no new leads as of Thursday evening. He said they believe Miller is hiding somewhere because they received very few tips on Thursday.
Law enforcement is prepared to search for Miller for another 24 to 48 hours depending one whether they believe he is still in the area.
Downey told us he believes that Miller does not have a cabin in Ferndale or any other property in the Humboldt areas, dispelling rumors that have been circulating about his whereabouts.
The area law enforcement is searching is vast and remote, said Downey, who warned that it could potentially take a long time to locate Miller.
According to the Lost Coast Outpost, Downey has compared the manhunt to the 2011 search for suspected killer Aaron Bassler. In the Bassler case, it took law enforcement about a month to locate the suspect and in Miller's case, Downey says the area is even more vast with backroads in and out of the area.