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March 11, 2015

A state senator and family members of alleged victims of the so-called "speed freak killers" are accusing the San Joaquin County Sheriff's office of destroying evidence in the case.

Hayward's Michaela Garecht disappeared in 1988 and her mother is among those concerned that authorities deleted missing persons files.

Marie Gillit is among those making the claims, as well. She believes her father was murdered by convicted killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog. The two men suspected of killing as many as 72 people.

March 10, 2015

As they investigated the infamous Speed Freak Killers, The San Joaquin County sheriff’s office refused to help Hayward police determine whether the 1988 kidnapping of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was linked to the duo, a new court filing alleges.

March 10, 2015
STOCKTON — Sen. Cathleen Galgiani said Monday that the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office had improperly deleted records from the national database of missing persons, including suspected victims of the serial killer duo Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, before the victims’ bodies could be recovered.
Sheriff Steve Moore refutes the allegations, but Galgiani says she has emails that prove it.
“It’s disgusting,” Galgiani said in a Monday phone interview. “It shocks the conscience.”
March 10, 2015

Certain records and evidence linked to one of the state’s largest mass murders have apparently gone missing from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and now a state senator and the mother of one the victims want to know why.


March 10, 2015

A state senator, detectives and parents of missing children -- including the mother of missing Hayward 9-year-old Michaela Garecht -- lambasted the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office on Monday amid allegations that the Central Valley department destroyed missing persons records and stonewalled other police agencies during its investigation of the infamous "Speed Freak Killers" case.

March 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTVU) -- When State Senator Cathleen Galgiani filed a federal court motion to unseal missing persons records and accused the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office of deleting files related to the so-called "Speed Freak Killers," she wasn't the only person questioning the Sheriff's handling of the case.

Declarations by investigators from two other agencies also describe meeting resistance from San Joaquin County.

March 10, 2015

A convicted serial killer on California's death row says he can show law enforcement where to find more victims. He may have been involved in as many as 70 murders in California, Nevada and Utah, but families of the missing say they're not getting help from the one place they expect it -- the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.

"What's in it for you not to bring these people home? For most of us, it's been decades. We're ready," Marie Gillit said.

March 10, 2015

The San Joaquin Sheriff's Department was accused of deleting or canceling missing person files for at least five cases. The cases have possible connections to the Speed Freak Killers, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. Shermantine and Herzog were convicted of four murders, but are believed to be responsible for many more.

Marie Gillit said her father, Phillip Cabot Martin used to work construction with Shermantine.

"He is not a man that would abandon his children," she said.

March 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A California state senator has filed a motion in federal court, requesting access to sealed documents in regard to missing persons records in the “Speed Freak Killers” case.

March 10, 2015

A Sacramento lawmaker is calling out the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office for allegedly mishandling missing persons records.

Attorney Mark Geragos filed a motion in U.S. Federal Court March 9 on behalf of California Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, to allow her access to sealed documents regarding the removal of several missing persons records in the “Speed Freak Killers” case.