Sacto 9-1-1
February 11, 2013
Crews find debris, no human remains, as Linden well-site excavation continues

The FBI announced today that crews excavating a Linden-area well in a search for murder victims have located debris more than 95 feet below grade, but no human remains have been found.

Excavation of the well on private land off Flood Road began five weeks ago in an effort to locate remains of victims of serial killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

To date, the team of FBI personnel and technical experts have removed and sifted more than 50 cubic yards of loamy fill dirt from within the well. The debris was located over the weekend, according to an FBI news release.

Excavation work continues nearly four stories below the surface as the team uncovers, documents, removes and examines debris from the narrow, 5-foot-wide well, officials said.

The well was filled in more than 20 years ago. So far, fencing material and other miscellaneous refuse have been excavated from the muddy soil.

Officials said excavation will continue until the historic bottom of the well is reached .

This is the second well site to be excavated along Flood Road between Escalon Bellota and Waverly roads. More than a year ago, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office excavated a well on an adjacent parcel, recovering the remains of three females and a fetus.

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