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Rain Delays Search For Bodies In ‘Speed Freak Killers’ Case

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Wesley Shermantine is an inmate on California’s death row. Shermantine and his friend Loren Herzog were dubbed the “Speed Freak Killers” for a murder spree in the 1980s and 90s. (CBS)

Wesley Shermantine is an inmate on California’s death row. Shermantine and his friend Loren Herzog were dubbed the “Speed Freak Killers” for a murder spree in the 1980s and 90s. (CBS)

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LINDEN (CBS SF) – Authorities have found more bones and other evidence in a well at a rural Northern California ranch, though rain forced an end to Monday’s search.

The break came Monday after four straight days of grisly discoveries at Northern California burial sites disclosed by death row inmate Wesley Shermantine, in what has become known as the “Speed Freak Killers” case.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Shermantine drew maps leading to locations in Calaveras and San Joaquin counties after a bounty hunter offered him money for the information.

Over the weekend, searchers dug into an old well near the town of Linden that Shermantine claims could hold 10 or more victims from a killing spree during the 1980s and 1990s.

The 300 bones and other items were found 45 feet deep in the well on an abandoned cattle ranch near Linden (San Joaquin County).

A San Joaquin County sheriff’s spokesman says the search will resume Monday if weather allows.

Sunday marked the fourth straight day that remains were found with the help of a map prepared by Shermantine.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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