GUILTY CA - Chevelle 'Chevy' Wheeler, 16, Stockton, 16 Oct 1985

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  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Missing Since
    : October 16, 1985 from Stockton, California
    Classification
    : Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth
    : October 27, 1968
    Age
    : 16 years old
    Height and Weight
    : 5'3, 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics
    : Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Wheeler's nickname is Chevy.

    Details of Disappearance

    Wheeler was last seen entering a red pickup truck outside of Franklin High School in Stockton, California on October 16, 1985. She told friends that she planned to skip classes that day and drive to Valley Springs, California with a male friend. Wheeler has never been heard from again. One of her friends says Wheeler seemed apprehensive about the trip. She asked her friend to tell her father if she didn't return by the time school let out for the day.

    Authorities soon learned the identity of her friend: Wesley Howard Shermantine Jr. was an acquaintance of Wheeler's family. He was nineteen years old at the time of Wheeler's disappearance. Family members told investigators that Shermantine called their home the morning Wheeler disappeared to confirm their plans for a drive to the mountains. When Shermantine was questioned by authorities shortly after Wheeler vanished, he denied having any involvement in her case. Shermantine also told her family he was innocent. Investigators continued to suspect him, particularly after searching Shermantine's family's cabin in San Andreas, California. Police collected blood and hair evidence at the cabin in 1985, but DNA testing technology prevented the samples from being analyzed until 1999, 14 years after Wheeler disappeared. Investigators privately believed that the blood and hair were hers, but they did not have evidence to support theory at the time.

    Shermantine's friend, Loren Joseph Herzog, claimed on videotape that Shermantine bragged about abusing, raping and murdering Wheeler in 1985. Photos of Shermantine and Herzog are posted at the end of this case summary. Herzog and Shermantine were arrested in 1999 for numerous murders in the western United States, including the presumed killings of Wheeler and another missing woman, Cynthia Vanderheiden. Vanderheiden disappeared from California in 1998 after being spotted with both Shermantine and Herzog. Authorities believe that the men lured their victims to their deaths by promising drugs. Both Shermantine and Herzog used methamphetamine in the 1980s and 1990s.

    DNA testing proved that the blood and hair samples taken from the San Andreas cabin in 1985 belonged to Wheeler. Shermantine and Herzog have blamed one another for the murders. Shermantine told investigators that Herzog had a key to his cabin in San Andreas and that Herzog was also friends with Wheeler.

    Shermantine announced he would reveal the locations of two of the missing victims if authorities gave $20,000 in reward money to his sons. Prosecutors offered to drop the death penalty from Shermantine's sentence if he is convicted of the crimes, but he demanded the reward money instead. The offer was not accepted and Shermantine was convicted of the murders of Wheeler, Vanderheiden and two other individuals in May 2001. Shermantine was sentenced to death for the crimes. He protested the verdict and announced to the courtroom that he was innocent. Herzog was found guilty of three murders in 2001, but he was spared the death penalty. Investigators are also exploring the possibility that Shermantine may have been involved in the 1997 California disappearances of Hannah Zaccaglini and Karen Knechtel Mero. No charges have been filed against Shermantine in these cases.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    [B]San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office
    209-468-4400[/B]


    Charley Project
     
  2. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    The Doe Network:
    Case File 371DFCA

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/371dfca.html

    Chevelle Yvonne Wheeler
    Missing since October 16, 1985 from Stockton, San Joaquin County, California.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction


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    Vital Statistics

    •Date Of Birth: October 27, 1968
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3; 115 pounds
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes. Wheeler's nickname is "Chevy."

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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Wheeler was last seen entering a red pickup truck outside of Franklin High School in Stockton, California on October 16, 1985. She told friends that she planned to skip classes that day and drive to Valley Springs, California with a male friend. Wheeler has never been seen again.

    Authorities soon learned the possible identity of her friend; Wesley Howard Shermantine was an acquaintance of Wheeler's family.
    Shermantine and Loren Joseph Herzog were arrested in 1999 for numerous murders in the western United States, including the presumed killings of Wheeler and another missing woman, Cyndi Vanderheiden.
    Shermantine announced he would reveal the locations of two of the missing victims if authorities gave $20,000 in reward money to his sons.

    Prosecutors offered to drop the death penalty from Shermantine's sentence if he is convicted of the crimes, but he demanded the reward money instead. The offer was not accepted and Shermantine was convicted of the murders of Wheeler, Vanderheiden and two other individuals in May 2001. Shermantine was sentenced to death for the crimes.


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    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Wheeler's whereabouts, please contact:
    San Joacquin Sheriff's Office
    209-468-4427
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: 03-20953

    NCMEC #: NCMC601938

    NCIC Number: M-713132217
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Mayhem
    Charley Project
    Crime News 2000
    Missing persons
    Crime Serial Killers

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/wheeler_chevelle.html

    I don't find Chevelle in NamUs at this time.

    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/chevy/

    Chevelle has been missing 25 years. Come home soon.
     

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  3. cbcrime

    cbcrime Member

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    I would hope that Chevy could be found. However, Shermantine bragged he could make a body disappear. There was talk about a quarry and a sludge pit. It was speculated he could have placed a body there and the body would not be found. Also Valley Springs where his parents place was is filled with many caves and mines. It is such a shame the misery this man and Herzog have caused.
     
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    Paula is overjoyed, she said, out loud what she had been hoping for for more than a quarter century. A sentence she had survived marriage troubles for, watched her other daughter battle drugs and depression for. "We're going to California", she said, "to get Chevy and bring her home."

    The family tells us they don't need a DNA test, Chevy was wearing the same clothes as the day she went missing.


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  9. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Rest In Peace Chevy.
     
  10. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    So they always KNEW who she got into the truck with when she went missing, and they still could never find her? :rose: that is so tragic.

    She went missing in 1985, after being seen with Shermantine, yet he was not arrested for murder until 1999!
     
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    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Cynthia Ann Vanderheiden and Chevelle Yvonne Wheeler
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    Wheeler, 16, disappeared from Stockton, California on October 16, 1985. Vanderheiden, 25, disappeared from Clements, California on November 14, 1998. In 1999, Loren Joseph Herzog and Wesley Howard Shermantine Jr. were charged together with both women's murders as well as other deaths. They were convicted in 2001; Shermantine was sentenced to death and Herzog to 78 years in prison. However, Herzog's convictions were later overturned and he pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and being an accessory to a felony and was sentenced to 14 years, with credit for time served.

    Herzog was paroled in 2010. In early 2012, he committed suicide. In the wake of his death, Shermantine offered to lead authorities to the bodies of Wheeler and Vanderheiden, and other victims, in exchange for a cash payment. He claims he killed no one and only helped dispose of the victims after Herzog murdered them. In February 2012, authorities found Wheeler's skeletal remains on Shermantine's former property in San Andreas, California. Vanderheiden's skull was found in a nearby ravine. Investigators also located 300 bones and some personal items in an abandoned well in Linden, California; there may be ten or more victims there.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved.html
     

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