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No 'Speed Freak Killers' victims found at well site, FBI says

February 22, 2013 |  8:07 am

Nothing has been found inside an abandoned well in San Joaquin County, where federal agents have been digging for about a month, hoping to find remains of victims of the "Speed Freak" serial killers.

The FBI started digging in the well in Linden last month after information from convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine and other sources seemed to suggest victims were buried there. The well was about 100 feet below pasture land.

No human remains were found during the dig -- only animal bones, trash and other discarded items, FBI officials said.

Last year, another well site was excavated by San Joaquin County and several human remains were found.

The FBI spoke with reporters Thursday, and said while they would like to speak with Shermantine, who is currently in San Quentin, he has not been receptive.

At this time, the FBI says it has no other digs planned.

“We are disappointed that our efforts did not yield remains, offering closure to families who suspect that Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog were involved in the disappearance of their loved ones,” said Herb Brown, special agent in charge for the FBI’s Sacramento office.

Shermantine and Herzog were convicted of killing four people during their alleged 15-year, methamphetamine-fueled killing spree. Investigators believe the two may have killed as many as 19 people.

In January 2012, Shermantine, a death row inmate in San Quentin, led authorities to the Linden well. Herzog, who was on parole in Lassen County, committed suicide on Jan. 16, 2012, the same day he learned from a bounty hunter that Shermantine was speaking to investigators.
-- Fox 40 Sacramento