Bodies of 2 teens in 'Speed Freak Killers' well

In this undated file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections, Wesley Shermantine is shown. Information provided by the California death row inmate who was one of the two notorious "Speed Freak Killers" led to the discovery Friday Feb. 10, 2012 of a second set of human remains, this time believed to belong to a 16-year-old girl who went missing nearly three decades ago. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections, File)
March 30, 2012 10:28:38 PM PDT
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department has identified the remains of two teens believed to be victims of the so-called Speed Freak Killers. One of the killers gave police a map of where he and his friend buried their victims in the mid1980s.

Until today, they were a mystery. One-thousand human bones, pulled from a well near Linden. Now, we have two names to go with them.

"We have made identification on two of possibly three skeletal remains," San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Moore said.

Moore says they were both from Stockton -- 16-year-old Joahha Hobson, who disappeared in August 1985 and Kimberly Ann Billy, who was 19 when she disappeared in 1984.

Friday, the ex-husband who she married while in prison, expected the news.

"I'm just so happy that her mom knows the truth now and that I wasn't involved; I would never do nothing like that," Michael Billy said.

The man who says he helped to bury as many as 20 bodies remains in prison. Wesley Shermantine received $33,000 from a bounty hunter. In return for the money, Shermantine named locations where he and convicted killer Loren Herzog dumped victims. Herzog had been released on a technicality and killed himself after hearing that Shermantine was talking.

Detectives have found five victims in all. Three from one well, which leaves one of them unidentified.

"I don't think this is more difficult than the others; any remains that are found are usually degraded," FBI investigator Jill Spriggs said.

Investigators say they're working with, and trying to match, DNA from large pool of missing people.

They include Michaela Garecht, the 9-year-old who disappeared from Hayward in 1988. She's just another name, right now.

At least one more set of relatives is yet to be informed.

"We were just so young in love; we knew what love was," Michael Billy said.

A bitter-sweet day, even after 28 years.


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