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FBI continues preparations at Linden site in search for human remains

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:12 am, Wed Jan 9, 2013.

A team of FBI personnel and technical experts is continuing site preparations at an old well on private agricultural land off of Flood Road in Linden, in the hope of locating remains of other victims killed by Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine.

No specific victim identity has been tied to this location, but a variety of investigative resources has shown that the site may contain the remains of one or more individuals.

On Monday, San Joaquin County Department of Public Works cleared a 40-foot square site and began excavating an interior operational area. The well walls were located during this phase.

By the end of the day on Tuesday, enough earth was moved to create an area 10 feet wide, 13 feet long and 10 feet deep, large enough to install safety equipment. Workers also took a sample of the well to determine soil conditions.

The well is unlined and five feet in diameter. The narrow width will require destruction of the well walls as the teams proceed by hand with their excavations.

Excavation of the land surrounding the well may require use of machinery to continue to achieve uniform depth.

Site preparation will continue through today. The hand digging will begin soon thereafter. During the hand digging process, a modest gain of only approximately 5 feet each day is anticipated.

In addition to personnel from the FBI Sacramento Field Office, the following agencies will have personnel on site throughout the dig: FBI Technical Hazard Response Unit from FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., FBI Evidence Response Team Unit from FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, among others.

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