The FBI’s Evidence Recovery Team will be involved in future searches for human remains of possible victims of Wesley Shermantine Jr. and Loren Herzog.
According to a press release by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Steve Moore will be submitting an official written request for the assistance of the FBI’s specialized team if and when the sheriff’s office excavates any future search sites.
The press release went on to state that the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Forensic Services will continue to assist the sheriff’s office in any future digs as well. The bureau will also continue to process collected evidence that is currently being tested for DNA to help identify potential victims of Shermantine and Herzog.
The decision to bring in the FBI in the ongoing search was made Friday afternoon after the sheriff’s office and representatives from the FBI and the Department of Justice met in French Camp.
“This matter continues to be an ongoing, collaborative effort and all agencies involved intend to recover all victims to return loved ones home to their families while assuring safety to all involved,” the press release stated.
The ongoing negotiations in the search for more remains of possible victims of Shermantine and Herzog is part of a months-long investigation that is currently being conducted in San Joaquin County and Calaveras County.
Thus far, more than 1,000 bones and bone fragments have been recovered between the two counties, including the remains of 25-year-old Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden and 16-year-old Stockton resident Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler.
This week, members of the Wheeler family held a memorial service for Chevy Wheeler in Lodi.
Wheeler’s mother, Paula Wheeler, said she has always believed Shermantine, who knew her daughter through a mutual friend, was involved in of Chevy Wheeler’s disappearance.
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