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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 11:46 am | Updated: 9:11 am, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

Digging for the remains of victims of Wesley Shermantine Jr. and Loren Herzog resumed in Linden on Tuesday.

According to a press release sent by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, the location of the dig sits on Drais Road near Highway 4.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento division of the FBI excavated a site on a private property, the news release stated, but additional details regarding the investigation are not available at this time.

However, according to the news release, excavation at the site on Drais Road was completed using a combination of hand tools and “heavy equipment.”

The release stated no remains were found during the dig Tuesday, but that if remains are found in the future, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services “will continue to provide all necessary resources to process collected evidence and complete DNA testing.”

“We will continue working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services, utilizing whatever resources necessary in the recovery and identification of missing loved ones,” said San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore in the press release. “We all have a common goal, bringing them home to their families.”

Investigators cleaned up the site on Wednesday morning.

Herzog and Shermantine, friends since childhood, have been linked to over a dozen homicides between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s. Their killings allegedly spanned from California up to Oregon and as far east as Utah.

Thus far, investigators have identified two more sets of remains found in a well that was dug up in February in Linden on East Flood Road.

The remains belonged to two teenagers, both from Stockton — 16-year-old Joann Hobson and 19-year-old Kimberly Billy. A third set of remains found in the well has yet to be identified.

Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden, 25, was laid to rest last weekend by her family and friends. Stockton resident Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler, 16,  was laid to rest by her family in March. Their remains were discovered on land formerly owned by Shermantine’s family in February.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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