SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY-
As investigators get ready to dig at a second well in San Joaquin County, Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla says Wesley Shermantine told him that there’s a third.
Padilla told FOX40 that the well is on Copperopolis Road and Waverly Road in Linden, according to Shermantine. Shermantine allegedly told Padilla that there’s one body at that site. Padilla said Shermantine specifically told him the site is near a TV tower.
At the first Linden well dig site along Flood Road, investigators unearthed around 1,000 bone fragments. That well was dug to a depth of about 50-feet, then cameras and experts checked for more remains before re-sealing it.
Forensic crews are now working to identify those remains. Nearly a hundred calls have come in to a hotline designated to identify possible victims of the “Speed Freak Killers”.
San Joaquin County Officials are working with cadaver dogs to pinpoint a second well that Shermantine says there are bodies buried at. Padilla went in a helicopter with FOX40 last week and showed us from the air where the convicted killer says the second site is, about a quarter mile east of the first well.
The third location Shermantine is now mentioning is about five miles southeast of the first well site along Flood Road.
Shermantine and his childhood friend Loren Herzog are thought to have killed dozens of people, the majority of the bodies have not been located. They were arrested in 1999 after the disappearance of Cyndi Vanderheiden, but prosecutors say the pair, dubbed the “Speed Freak Killers”, started their crimes in the mid-1980’s.
A related search in Calaveras County near a property that used to belong to Shermantine’s family uncovered remains of Vanderheiden and Chevelle Wheeler.