Rain halts search in Northern California serial killings

  • San Joaquin Sheriff detective M.L. Jones talks about the search and recovery of human remains near a well on an abandoned cattle ranch near Linden, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Sacramento television station KCRA reports the human bones found Sunday were recovered along with two pairs of shoes, sandals, tennis shoes, engraved jewelry and a woman's purse. (AP Photo/The Record, Craig Sanders)

LINDEN — The search for more human remains in what appears to be a mass grave used by two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers" was suspended because of rain Monday, a day after authorities unearthed hundreds of bone fragments.

The grisly discoveries were made at an old well near the rural Northern California town of Linden. Death row inmate Wesley Shermantine had claimed the well could hold 10 or more victims from a killing spree during the 1980s and 90s.

Along with bones, searchers dug out clothes, a purse and jewelry, on Sunday. The items were found 45 feet deep in the well on an abandoned cattle ranch, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department spokesman Les Garcia said in a statement.

Investigators, public works employees and volunteers have found more than 300 human bones and had planned to resume the search Monday, Garcia said.

Searchers will resume digging and sifting through the dirt and cataloguing their finds Tuesday, weather permitting, he said. The search is going at a "slow and tedious" pace and is expected to last several more days, Garcia said.

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