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Skeletal remains found by a river in northern California have been identified as those of a man wanted in the killings of his wife and two young daughters and the object of an intense manhunt featured on John Walsh's CNN television show.

Shasta County sheriff's Detective Dave Eoff said the department had used dental records to confirm that the remains were those of Shane Miller, who had been wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife Sandy and their two young children at their home in Shingletown, Calif., in May 2013.

Eoff said an anonymous tip Friday led authorities to the body by the Mattole River in Petrolia, Calif., a coastal area 200 miles east of Shingletown.

Investigators searched the Petrolia area last year after Miller's pickup truck and dog were found near there.

Miller, 46, was featured in the initial episode of CNN's ''The Hunt with John Walsh'' last month.

Miller was considered the main suspect in the shooting deaths of wife and daughters, Shelby Miller, 8, and Shasta Miller, 4.

KRCR-TV in Redding, Calif., reported that Sandy Miller had sought refuge with her children at a women's shelter prior to the deaths.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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