UPDATE: Search For More Human Remains Suspended Due To Weather

LINDEN, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — Authorities have suspended a search for more bones and other evidence in a well at a rural Northern California ranch due to wet weather.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Les Garcia says the search was suspended for the day because the site at the well is too dangerous. Deputies are covering the well with tarps to protect any possible evidence or remains.

Authorities have found more than 300 bones in the area where convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine said there might be 10 or more victims from a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree he and a childhood friend were part of in the 1980s and 1990s.

The 300 bones and other items were found 45 feet deep in the well on an abandoned cattle ranch near Linden, Calif.

“They’re going through on their hands and knees and combing through the dirt with their fingers and removing large bones,” explained Stockton Record reporter Scott Smith.

Sunday marked the fourth straight day that remains were found with the help of a map prepared by death row inmate Shermantine.

Shermantine and his childhood friend, Loren Herzog, were called the “Speed Freak Killers” for a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree that had as many as 15 victims. Although, some speculate there could be even more.

Deputies won’t say how many different victims they may have found.

Crews are expected to be searching the ranch in Linden for several days. The property, about 60 miles south of Sacramento, was once owned by Shermantine’s family. Deputy Garcia says another well about ¼ miles east of the property may be searched in the coming days.

Investigators have established a hotline for family members who believe their loved ones may have fallen victim to Herzog or Shermantine at (209) 468-5087.

Garcia says people who believe their loved ones are victims will be asked to submit a DNA sample.


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