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'Speed Freak' serial killer allegedly reveals third body dump site

Photo: The site where a skull and teeth were found in San Andreas. Credit: Fox 40 Sacramento

As investigators get ready to dig at a second well in San Joaquin County looking for victims of the so-called "Speed Freak" serial killers, Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla says one of the killers, Wesley Shermantine, has told him that there’s a third well.

Padilla told Fox 40 News that the well was near Copperopolis Road and Waverly Road in Linden. Shermantine allegedly told Padilla that there was one body at that site. Padilla said Shermantine specifically told him the site was near a TV tower.

Shermantine had pointed investigators to the wells in recent weeks. At the first well, 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 resealing it.

Forensic crews are now working to identify those remains. Nearly a hundred phone 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 where Shermantine says there are bodies buried. Padilla accompanied Fox 40 personnel on a helicopter flyover of the area last week and pointed out the second site, about a quarter-mile east of the first well.


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--Ian McDonald, Fox 40 Sacramento

Photo: Site where some remains were found. Credit: Fox 40

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