Wesley Shermantine, Loren Herzog
LINDEN, CA - A partial human skull and other bones were found in an abandoned well the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office had been excavating since Friday morning.
The discovery was made shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday evening after investigators dug down 35 feet into the well on a private property near Flood Rd and Escalon Bolleta Rd.
The Sheriff's Office says the at this time it is unclear how old the bones are and if they belong to one person or multiple people. DNA analysis is needed to identify the remains.
"This is not something we will be walking away from any time soon," said Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia.
"We're going to be out here for days and we may need to search other wells in the area."
The Department of Justice is onscene investigating the bones. Garcia said cadaver dogs made the initial conclusion that the remains were human.
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office and Public Works conducted the search. This is part of the ongoing search for victims of serial killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. Shermantine claims Herzog disposed of several bodies there.
Deputy Dave Konecny with the sheriff's department said, "We're at the point now where we are getting to reasonable depths where something over the years, 20-30 years, could be down there."
"Some of the stuff down there looks at least 20 years old."
The Sheriff's Office said it plans to continue digging deeper into the well throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning.