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FBI renews search for victims of local killers

Officials: Wesley Shermantine, Loren Herzog may have hidden remains in another well

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 2:49 pm

The FBI on Monday began the excavation of an abandoned well in Central California in a renewed search for possible victims of two men known as the “Speed Freak Killers.”

A team of the agency’s forensic experts will be joined by local authorities, California State University, Chico anthropologists and other investigators for the next few weeks to painstakingly dig up the San Joaquin County site mostly by hand, said Herbert Brown, the agent in charge of the FBI’s Sacramento office.

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  • Ed Walters posted at 4:31 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 605

    It is very hard for me to gather in how a team of "special people" are going to dig close to 40' by hand, if indeed the well is 40' similar to the first dig, since it can`t be done. Machines of somekind will be needed such as an excavator similar to the kind used to find the bones of Cindy Vanderheiden and others. Even a trench over 6' requires shoring. No one at the original dig sight went down to the bottom of that excavation for fear of the sides caving in. Everything was brought up in the bucket of the excavator and processed for human remains. The only other way is to dig it like a cone, for every foot down, the sides have to go out 2' wide so a cave in would be near impossable. To dig it like a cone, the top of the trench would have to be 80' wide, then it would be save to enter to trench since it cannot cave in, with all of the spoil at least 6-10' from the side. Even at that angle, ladders along with ropes will be needed to insure safety. Good thing the FBI is conducting the dig, they have enough money and will need it.

     
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