Crews Excavate New Site In 'Speed Freak Killers' Case

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Sun, 07 Oct 2012 11:01:16 -0800

LINDEN (KRON)--More than two months after authorities identified the recovered remains of two victims of the accused 'Speed Freak Killers,' the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to excavate another site in Linden.
 
On Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office and the Evidence Recovery Team from the Sacramento Divison of the FBI began excavating a site on a private property parcel in Linden. The ongoing investigation by the Sheriff's Office and other agencies led authorities to that location but additional details about the investigation were not immediately available.
 
"We will continue working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services, utilizing whatever resources necessary in the recovery and identification of missing loved ones," said Sheriff Steve Moore, San Joaquin County Sheriff. “We all have a common goal, bringing them home to their families.”
 
Authorities say excavation was performed using a combination of hand tools and heavy equipment and that preserving the safety of the excavation teams remains a priority. 
 
“Our experienced FBI ERT will safely and carefully proceed to recover remains that may be identified and returned to family members of the missing, offering long-awaited closure,” said Herb Brown, Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Division of the FBI. “The intent of all agencies involved is to locate and identify victims so they may be returned to the families who have been searching for them for many years to bring closure and peace. Unfortunately, the
credibility of investigative resources is eroding and the hope of finding additional victims is beginning to fade.”
 
The latest excavation comes after DNA tests positively identified the remains of 25-year-old Cyndi Vanderheiden and 16-year-old Chevelle Wheeler whose remains were found earlier this year. Authorities say Vanderheiden and Wheeler are two of the four victims of 45-year-old convicted killer Wesley Shermantine. Shermantine, along with Loren Herzog, are suspected of murdering as many as 20 people in a drug-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and 1990s. Herzog, released from prison on a technicality, committed suicide earlier this year.
 
Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON.com for updates on the 'Speed Freak Killers' case.
 
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