Since Thursday, multiple human remains have been found in both
San Andreas in Calaveras County and in the Linden-Peters area in
San Joaquin County.
The remains, believed to be those of the victims of Wesley
Shermantine Jr. and Loren Herzog, have yet to be positively
identified by the California Department of Justice. However,
preliminary results from one dental exam on a human skull found in
Calaveras County on Thursday have identified the remains as that of
25-year-old Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden, who disappeared
in November 1998.
Investigators in Calaveras County, with the help of cadaver
dogs, unearth a second set of human remains on Wesley Shermantine
Jr.'s former property on Linden Road in San Andreas. The remains,
which include a partial skull, are found with remnants of a purple
jacket. According to Paula Wheeler, they are believed to be the
remains of her 16-year-old daughter Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler, who
disappeared after ditching class at her Stockton high school in
Investigators also begin digging efforts at a property on the
27000 block of East Flood Road in Linden. Despite digging down
roughly 30 feet, no remains are found.
Investigators stop their digging efforts in Calaveras County as
the California Department of Justice begins to analyze DNA samples
on the two partial human skulls found on Shermantine's former
Digging crews along with cadaver dogs in Linden unearth human
remains, including a partial skull, around 4:00 p.m. San Joaquin
County Sheriff's Department spokesman Les Garcia says the remains
were found after digging down the well to roughly 35 feet.
Though digging efforts are suspended well after sunset, and
investigators say digging efforts would resume early the next
Investigators begin digging again at the Flood Road property at
7 a.m. According to Garcia, more than 300 human remains were
unearthed throughout the day.
At roughly 45 feet down the well, investigators begin to find
multiple human bone fragments. Investigators also find shoes,
women's jewelry and a purse.
The well could contain anywhere from 10 to 20 bodies, according
to Shermantine, who has labeled the well "Loren's boneyard." Garcia
says he won't call it a "massive grave."
Garcia said roughly 34 piles of dirt have popped up at the dig
site as investigators comb through the well, which could contain
remains of victims of Shermantine and Herzog from decades-old
— Katie Nelson