Sheriff Steve Moore: No more searches for now
Sheriff Steve Moore, of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's
Department, answers questions regarding plans to temporarily
release convicted killer Wesley Shermantine Jr. to locate the
remains of his victims, during a press conference Monday, Jan. 30,
- Sheriff Steve Moore apologizes to Tracy Melton family
San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore shouldered the
responsibility for not informing the family of Tracy Melton about
the discovery of her remains for nine months after they were
“ ... I accept responsibility for our failure to provide
notification to the family upon our receipt of identity
confirmation of Ms. Melton last April,” Moore said in a prepared
statement on Monday. “There are no excuses forthcoming; only the
pledge that we will do whatever we can in support of the Melton
family in this case.”
Moore added that an internal review is being conducted to ensure
that similar failure to notify the family not occur in the
Melton, 32, disappeared in June 1998, with one of her femurs
discovered by a road crew near Holt Road and Highway 4 in 2003,
Moore said. However, it was not identified as Melton’s femur until
April of 2011.
— Source: Sheriff Steve Moore
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 4:44 pm
Updated: 9:11 am, Tue Jan 28, 2014.
San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore said on Monday there are
no immediate plans to conduct further searches for the remains of
Cyndi Vanderheiden and other victims of the same killers.
The idea of bringing convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine Jr.
to San Joaquin and Calaveras counties to show authorities where the
remains are is a possibility, but only if Moore believes the public
will be safe with Shermantine outside of San Quentin State Prison
for a day, Moore said.
Monday, January 30, 2012 4:44 pm.
Updated: 9:11 am.