Body of missing Putnam County woman found at Lake Oconee

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. – The body of a missing 87-year-old Putnam County woman was found at Lake Oconee on Friday, authorities said.

On May 7, the body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond was found decapitated in the garage of his home in the Great Waters community at Lake Oconee. His head has not been recovered, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills. His 87-year-old wife, Shirley, had been missing ever since.

Sheriff's officials confirmed that the body found Friday was Shirley Dermond's.

Previous searches of the area and of the lake yielded no clues as to Shirley Dermond's whereabouts. Investigators have said they have no leads in Russell Dermond's murder yet.


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