A Sacramento TV station has announced that it has received a letter from convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine Jr.
In the hand-written letter dated Feb. 14, Shermantine said he has never written in any previous letters to the media that he killed anyone or put anyone in a well.
Crews from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department searched for about a week in a well on Flood Road, east of Escalon-Bellota Road near Linden, for remains of victims believed to have been murdered by Shermantine, Loren Herzog or both.
Crews spent the weekend filling the well with dirt after searching with cadaver dogs from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department and the Department of Environmental Health to make sure the area no longer contained any traces of evidence.
In his letter to KOVR, Channel 13, Shermantine says that Herzog, not him, used the well to store bodies.
"Herzog has two more sites where he has dumped his victims," Shermantine told KOVR.
Sheriff's officials have not indicated whether they plan to investigate any wells other than the one they've already investigated.
Meanwhile, Sheriff's spokesman Dave Konecny sent an email to the media Monday morning, stating that the twice-daily press briefings will be suspended indefinitely.
"There is no new information to provide at this time," Konecny wrote.
The approximately 1,000 bones and bone fragments found in the well have been shipped to the morgue to be inspected by a forensic anthropologist before being sent to two Department of Justice DNA testing labs — one in Richmond, Calif. and one in Ripon.
The site is the third in which investigators have successfully recovered remains that are believed to belong to victims killed by Shermantine and Herzog.
The two other sites, located in Calaveras County on Shermantine's former property in San Andreas, yielded two sets of partial human remains last week. Dental exams by a forensic odontologist have preliminarily identified the remains as those of Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden and Stockton resident Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler.
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