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'Speed Freak' killings: Cadaver dogs, cameras search for remains

February 16, 2012 | 12:01 pm

Authorities said they plan to send cadaver dogs and a camera down with hopes of finding more remains linked to the so-called "Speed Freak" serial killer case.

Crews have dug about 50 feet deep into the old well in a remote area of San Jouquin County.

Already more than 1,000 bones or bone fragments have been found in the well. Investigators believe the remains belong to victims of the “Speed Freak" killers, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

Officials reported Wednesday that they think they have reached the bottom; the last several piles they pulled to the surface have not contained any remains or clues.

Officials on Thursday said they are finishing up separating out human remains from the soda cans, articles of clothing and other debris pulled up from the well. All of these other items are being considered evidence, and are being carefully cleaned and logged.

There is no word on how long it will take the Department of Justice’s crime lab to identify some of the remains pulled up from this well. Read more about the crime lab here.

The search started at the site last week, at the same time that remains were discovered in another location in Calaveras County. Both searches are connected to information from Shermantine about the location of some of his and Herzog’s victims.

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--Sam Cohen, Fox 40 Sacramento

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