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Northern California District
Release Date: 05/15/13
Contacts: Lynda Roush (707) 825-2309    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-13-59

King Range to Reopen May 31

The King Range National Conservation Area  and Wilderness on California's Lost Coast will remain closed to public access through May 30 as law enforcement officers from various agencies continue searching for a triple homicide suspect.

Officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are coordinating with the Humboldt and Shasta County Sheriff's offices to keep the closure in place for public safety and to reduce the number of people in the backcountry while the search continues. Officials said the closure could end before May 30 if suspect Shane Miller is apprehended.

BLM Law Enforcement Rangers will continue increased patrols of the King Range NCA and Wilderness in cooperation with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

"We are sorry if the closure inconveniences people who had plans to hike or camp in the King Range," said Lynda Roush, manager of the BLM Arcata Field Office, "but public safety is our highest priority during this incident."

"There are many other opportunities for camping and hiking on the North Coast in national forests and in state and national parks" she continued. "We encourage people to check out those opportunites and enjoy the many other outdoor recreation destinations the North Coast has to offer."

Current information on the King Range NCA closure is available from the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300, from the BLM King Range Office, (707) 986-5400 or online at

Anyone with information regarding Shane Miller or related criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Department’s Tip Line, (707) 268-2539.


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Last updated: 05-16-2013