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Authorities Searching For ‘Very Dangerous’ Man Who Allegedly Recruited Friend To Help Him Kill Ex-Girlfriend
Hannah Miller, who had dated Christopher Anderson for about four years before breaking up, was found shot to death along the side of a road in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin authorities are still searching for a man who allegedly recruited a friend to help him carry out a plan to kill his ex-girlfriend, leaving the woman’s body abandoned alongside a road.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is now trying to track down Christopher Terrell Anderson after authorities discovered evidence linking him to the slaying of 26-year-old Hannah Miller, an aspiring dental assistant with whom he shared a child, according to a statement from authorities.
“We would consider him very dangerous and very much want to get him in custody,” Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman told Oxygen.com Friday morning.
Miller’s body was discovered around 11 a.m. on June 30 along River Bend Road near Highway 8 by a couple driving in the area, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com.
Just minutes before making the gruesome discovery, the couple had driven by the same spot and noticed a man wearing a green hoodie standing outside a small white SUV alongside a female standing near the ditch.
When they returned to the spot about 10 to 15 minutes later, they saw Miller’s body in the ditch and called 911.
Deputies arrived to find Miller had been shot to death in the torso and had a defensive wound on her right forearm suggesting she had tried to shield herself from deadly gunfire, according to the complaint.
Anderson was identified as a suspect in the case after the couple identified him from a photograph as the man that they had seen just minutes before the shooting.
Friends of the victim had also alleged to authorities that Anderson had been physically abusive to Miller during their approximately four-year relationship. Friends told detectives that Miller had sent them photos of abuse she said she had suffered after “physical altercations” with Anderson in the past, according to court documents.
Before her death, Miller had also called the Rhinelander Police Department on June 2 to report that Anderson had borrowed her car and never returned it. At the time, she told an officer that she was afraid Anderson was going to kill her.
Investigators said she had broken up with Anderson before her death and he “had no parental rights” to the child they shared, according to court documents.
The investigation into the shooting led them to Seth Wakefield, 24, a friend of Anderson who authorities allege had helped him carry out the slaying.
Wakefield reportedly told police that Anderson had wanted to kill Miller and her parents and abduct their child.
Investigators said Wakefield “was aware” of Anderson’s plan for “at least several weeks” before the shooting and had assisted by conducting surveillance on Miller.
Receipts show that Wakefield rented a U-Haul on June 24 and staked out Miller’s Rhinelander apartment and a second location that authorities believe may have been her parent’s home, according to the court documents.
“Seth indicated that on all three surveillance trips, Seth was aware that if an opportunity presented itself, Christopher would have committed the homicides at that time,” investigators wrote.
Seth allegedly told law enforcement officers that he also carried out surveillance on foot at the apartment on multiple occasions.
When investigators asked whether he thought he should ever contact police about the plan to kill Miller, he allegedly told authorities he didn’t consider the option because it “was not his business,” the court documents state.
The night before the murder, Anderson stayed at Wakefield’s apartment and when he left the next morning, Wakefield “was aware Christopher was leaving with the intent to commit a homicide,” authorities said.
Wakefield believed he would be financially compensated for his help carrying out the slaying because Anderson “had resources of some kind,” according to the complaint.
Wakefield is now facing charges of party to a crime of first-degree intentional homicide and conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
He’s currently being held in the Oneida County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
As the search for Anderson continues, Miller’s family is left grieving the loss of the 26-year-old.
Miller had recently gotten her certification as a dental assistant from The National Dental Academy in Wisconsin, according to her obituary.
“She was looking forward to starting a new career and had hopes of getting into management in the dental field,” it said.
Miller welcomed her daughter in 2019 and had been a “dedicated mother” who was working to change her life so that she could spend more time with the young girl.
“Watching them laugh at each other is a memory that will always stick with Hannah’s parents,” the obituary said. “The world is lucky to have a part of Hannah carry on in (her daughter) for years to come.”
Anyone with information about Anderson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.