Monday, January 7, 2013 2:49 pm
The FBI on Monday began the excavation of an abandoned well in Central California in a renewed search for possible victims of two men known as the “Speed Freak Killers.”
Friday, July 6, 2012 6:57 am
A convicted serial killer could be temporarily freed from death row to help search for the remains of long-dead victims under a bill state lawmakers approved Thursday.
The measure is aimed at getting direct help from Wesley Shermantine, who is awaiting execution for four murders. The bill proposes temporarily releasing him into investigators' custody under heavy guard.
Authorities say Shermantine and his childhood buddy, Loren Herzog, engaged in a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and 90s.
Bounty hunters Robert Dick, left, and Leonard Padilla, right, visit with John Vanderheiden prior to the start of the funeral for Vanderheiden's daughter, Cyndi, at First Baptist Church in Lodi on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
Sunday, April 22, 2012 1:58 pm
Cyndi Vanderheiden was buried on Saturday under the shade of budding trees and next to a bench of iron horse shoes and wagon wheels, made in her memory.
Monday, March 26, 2012 12:00 am
John and Terri Vanderheiden had waited 14 years to bring their daughter, Cyndi Vanderheiden, back to their home in Clements.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:00 am
John and Terri Vanderheiden sat just inches from the sister of their daughter's killer as they recounted once again the grief they have had to endure for more than a decade during a taping of journalist Anderson Cooper's talk show "Anderson" that aired Tuesday.
Monday, February 27, 2012 12:00 am
Convicted California serial killer Wesley Shermantine Jr. says he knows where additional victims are buried, while also apologizing for taking years to reveal where he disposed of the bodies of two of his victims.
During an interview at San Quentin State Prison's death row with a reporter for the Stockton Record, Shermantine said Saturday that he was sorry it took so long for authorities to find the remains of Cyndi Vanderheiden, 25, and Chevelle Wheeler, 16, but denied that he had killed them.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:27 am
More human remains were found after investigation crews were out once again Thursday in Calaveras County, continuing the search for victims of serial killers Wesley Shermantine Jr. and Loren Herzog.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:20 am
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.
Monday, February 20, 2012 12:00 am
What is Gov. Jerry Brown thinking, letting killers out of
prison? Why do Brown, the parole board, department of corrections
and court of appeals release these killers?
Monday, February 13, 2012 1:04 pm
Due to unsafe conditions caused by rain on Sunday night and
Monday, investigators decided not to search on Monday for any more
remains of possible murder victims of Wesley Shermantine Jr. and
Monday, February 13, 2012 12:00 am
Just off Highway 88 in Clements, down a short gravel road, the
sign "Cyndi Search Headquarters" still hangs prominently against a
white wooden building next door to John and Terri Vanderheiden's
Sunday, February 12, 2012 7:34 pm
Bones that may belong to several murder victims dating back to
the 1980s were found on throughout the weekend, first in San
Andreas and then in a remote area east of Linden, according to the
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 9:57 am
One by one, the young women vanished from the dusty farm towns
of the Central Valley.
They were often addicts or prostitutes, and their disappearances
over a 15-year period in the 1980s and '90s didn't seem to draw
much official concern.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 5:37 pm
Local authorities announced late Saturday afternoon that after
two days of digging, human remains were found on a property in the
remote Linden-Peters area after convicted killer Wesley Shermantine
Jr. provided directions via a map he had created and mailed to
Friday, February 10, 2012 1:44 pm
A second set of human remains was found Friday on the former
property of convicted killer Wesley Shermantine Jr. in San
Thursday, February 9, 2012 1:07 pm
With the help of a cadaver dog and a hand-drawn map from a
killer, officials Thursday found remains in a remote Calaveras
County ravine that may be those of Cyndi Vanderheiden.
Monday, January 30, 2012 4:44 pm
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.
Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:38 pm
A joint search between two county sheriff’s departments for the
remains of Cyndi Vanderheiden yielded no results Friday.
Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:00 am
Leonard Padilla is a media darling, and for good reason. With
his black cowboy hat and Old West swagger, he's a colorful figure.
He's also outspoken, and most recently he's been lashing San
Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore for, in his view, blocking a
search for the remains of murder victim Cyndi Vanderheiden and
other victims of Wesley Shermantine and the late Loren Herzog.
Friday, January 27, 2012 5:29 pm
Take one step into bounty hunter Leonard Padilla's downtown
Sacramento office, and you'll see Charlie, a large parrot with
bright blue and yellow markings, and a hint of green.
Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla talks on his cellphone
at Flood and Waverly roads near Linden on Wednesday, Jan. 25,
Charlie, a macaw parrot, sits high on his perch in Leonard
Padilla's Sacramento office on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.
A collection of knives, firearms and photographs hang on the
walls in the Sacramento office of bounty hunter Leonard Padilla on
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.
Friday, January 27, 2012 12:00 am
Leonard Padilla is known throughout the country for his colorful
reputation as a bounty hunter who tracks down fugitives, searches
for the remains of murder victims and enjoys talking all about