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 1985.
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 property.
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 morning.
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 killings.
— Katie Nelson