Shermantine delay angers mom of missing woman

4:41 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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Wes Shermantine

STOCKTON, CA - The mother of a missing Stockton woman was encouraged when legislation was passed that would allow convicted killer Wes Shermantine to be taken from death row to potential burial sites of victims.  Now she's simply frustrated.

"I thought it would be done in two weeks.  I don't understand the problem, I don't get it," said Sue Kizer.

Her daughter Gayle has been missing since 1988.  When the governor recently signed that bill, Kizer hoped Shermantine would lead authorities to burial sites that might uncover her daughter's remains.  But that hasn't happened.

"If it was their daughter, they would have been out there the next day," said Kizer.

The legislation was written by Assem. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston.  She's equally frustrated and blames the egos of California sheriffs and prison officials.

Galgiani said Shermantine has told her he'll only work with Reno police officials in any new searches.  Reno police are involved because of a missing persons case out of that city.   Galgiani said because Reno is involved, that's why California officials are stalling.   She said she's "fed up".

Kizer's daughter disappeared while walking toward the former downtown Stockton DMV office.  She said she has no idea of knowing if Shermantine was connected to that disappearance.  She can't help but wonder, and wants answers as soon as possible.

"I want people to know someone's dragging their feet.  We have dead missing children out there and we want to bring them home to get a proper burial," said Kizer.

By tdaly@news10.net

News10/KXTV

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