The well that once housed over 1,000 bones that was labeled as "Loren's Boneyard" by convicted killer Wesley Shermantine Jr. has been sealed once again.
Though the dig at that well is done, investigators are searching for a second well in the Linden area that could hold more remains of victims who died at the hands of Shermantine and his accomplice, Loren Herzog.
While the search for the second well is just getting underway, Shermantine spoke from death row Sunday to Sacramento-based bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, claiming that there was yet another well that contains another body, just off of Copperopolis Road at Waverly Road in Linden.
This newest site is about a mile and a half away from the original dig site and the alleged second well location on East Flood Road.
Padilla headed out to Linden on Tuesday to take a look at the site, which is supposedly just northwest of a television tower that is clearly visible from Copperopolis Road.
Padilla has been following the case for years, he said, and even offered to pay Shermantine $33,000 in exchange for the locations of the remains of Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden and Stockton resident Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler.
Padilla and others, including retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek, were initially part of a team working on what they dubbed "Operation Closure" where, for one day, Shermantine would be released from prison in order to pinpoint the exact location of the burial sites of victims' remains.
However, just two days before Shermantine was set to be brought off of death row at San Quentin State Prison and back into San Joaquin County, Sheriff Steve Moore stopped the group's plan in order to ensure the safety of the county's residents, Moore said.
According to Shermantine, the newly revealed well location contains remains of one of Herzog's victims.
Herzog, who committed suicide at age 46 in January, allegedly took his life after learning from Padilla that Shermantine had given up the locations of where the two had buried their victims.
In less than two weeks, the locations provided by Shermantine — the two Calaveras County burial sites and a well on a property on the 27000 block of East Flood Road — yielded more than 1,000 bones and bone fragments as well as shoes, a purse and even women's jewelry.
All of the remains from the various digs were taken to the San Joaquin County morgue before being transported to one of two Department of Justice crime labs, said Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia. One lab is located in Richmond, the other in Ripon.
The second location in Linden where remains are believed to buried is another well, reportedly located just a quarter-mile east of the first dig site.
Garcia said crews will be out searching for the second well, but will not dig unless the location is suspected to contain human remains.
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