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FBI Ends 'Speed Freak' Victim Search

By February 25, 2013

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After spending a month digging through an abandoned well in San Joaquin County with no results, the FBI has decided to call off the search for more possible victims of the "Speed Freak Killers." The search of the 100-foot deep well turned up only animal bones, trash and discarded items.

The FBI was led to the well by convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine.

A year ago, a well site given to authorities by Shermantine turned up the remains of four adults and a fetus. At the time, Shermantine said that investigators had still not found the "boneyard" where the majority of his and his co-defendant Loren Herzog's victim are buried.

Death row inmate, Shermantine began talking about more possible victims after last year's findings and was offered $28,000 by bounty hunter Leonard Padilla. Shermantine began talking to authorities about more locations, including the Linden well recently searched, but then complained that he received no money and he stopped talking.

Shermantine Not Talking

"We are disappointed that our efforts did not yield remains, offering closure to families who suspect that Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog were involved in the disappearance of their loved ones," said special agent Herb Brown.

Brown said the FBI wants to talk with Shermantine about more possible burial sites, but he has not been forthcoming.

Shermantine told the FBI about the Linden well in January 2012. Shortly thereafter, on Jan. 16, 2012, his co-defendant Herzog, who was on parole, committed suicide.

See Also:
No 'Speed Freak Killers' Victims Found at Well Site, FBI Says

Earlier Articles:
More 'Speed Freak Killers' Victims Found
Death Row Inmate to Help Find Bodies
Killer Hints at 72 More Victims
Serial Killer's Tips Leads to Burial Sites

Profile: Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog

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