- Cyndi Vanderheiden case never over
Though two men were convicted in the Nov. 1998 death of Cyndi Vanderheiden, her body and others have never been found.
Now that the case has returned to the public spotlight, investigators and prosecutors are once again receiving tips from the public. San Joaquin County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Les Garcia declined to say how many tips his office has received, but he said detectives are following leads.
Thomas Testa, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog in murder trials, encourages the tips. He hopes the victims’ bodies are one day uncovered, and he wonders if other unnamed victims could also be revealed.
“There might be people who have been sitting on the fence all these years and are now willing to come forward,” Testa said. “It could turn out to be a piece of the puzzle.”
Anyone with information may call the Sheriff’s investigations unit at 468-4425. Garcia said anonymous calls may also be made to Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 333-6771.
— Layla Bohm
Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:00 am
How many people may have died at the hands of convicted multi-murderer Wesley Shermantine Jr.? Did his lifelong friend Loren Herzog play roles in other deaths, in addition to the ones to which he pleaded guilty of manslaughter or accessory?
Those questions haunt Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, and it’s the reason she is fighting to keep Herzog in prison for as long as possible.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:00 am.