Preliminary identifications of the skull and teeth found near the former property of convicted killer Wesley Shermantine, Jr. in San Andreas on Friday appear to be those of victim Cyndi Vanderheiden.
According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, a forensic analysis including dental charting, dental x-rays and photographs by a forensic odonthologist suggest that the remains are that of Vanderheiden, who has been missing since 1998.
However, all remains have been submitted to the California Department of Justice for DNA analysis for identification confirmation, the department stated in a press release Friday.
The remains of what could be those of Vanderheiden were found in a ravine Thursday morning around 10:45 a.m.
John Vanderheiden, Cyndi Vanderheiden's father, said Thursday he was hopeful that he and his wife may finally have found their daughter but will wait until DNA tests confirm anything.
The site has proven to be a successful location area for retrieving remains for possible victims — Friday's dig resulted in the uncovering of another set of humans remains, believed to possibly be those of Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler of Stockton.
Paula Wheeler, Chevy Wheeler's mother, said she is almost certain her daughter was found Friday.
"Friday was a great day," she said.
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