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Retired FBI Agent: Sheriff’s Office Intentionally Sabotaged Crime Scenes

By Steve Neavling

A retired FBI agent investigating the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office in California alleges local law enforcement intentionally sabotaged crime scenes in an effort to conceal the destruction of missing persons files, The Mercury News reports. 

Jeff Rinek, who was asked to help the bureau with the notorious “Speed Freak Killers” case, said the Sheriff’s Office even used a backhoe in 2012 to commingle bones in an effort to make the remains unidentifiable.

“(The Sheriff’s Office) actions at the Linden well were intentional to catastrophically destroy the crime scene,” Rinek said. “In my opinion, it’s nothing short of a felony. … This is the most heinous thing I’ve ever seen.”

Rinek’s allegations add to a growing number of people in law enforcement who have complained that San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore jeopardized the investigations of the serial killers.

FBI Searches Well for Victims of Speed Freak Killers in California

Steve Neavling

The FBI is searching for the remains of more victims of the Speed Freak Killers in a well in San Joaquin County in California, not far from a site where at least four people were found, the Mercury News reports.

Federal authorities expect the excavation of up to 50 feet will take two weeks.

The FBI took over the excavation from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, which mishandled the operation, Mercury News reported.

The Speed Freak Killers are Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, who are accused of a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and ’90s.

“We all remain hopeful that our efforts at this site will ultimately return the remains of victims to their loved ones, but know that such is not a certainty,” Herbert H. Brown, special agent in charge of the Sacramento Division of the FBI, said Monday. “Our hearts go out to the many families who hope that this excavation may bring closure to their long, painful wait for the return of their loved ones. We will not recklessly speculate; our goal is to offer incontrovertible fact to our law enforcement partners, the families of the missing and the public.”