Body of elderly woman found in Lake Oconee likely Shirley Dermond | News
PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. – Putnam County Coroner Gary McElhenney told 13WMAZ that authorities pulled the body of an elderly woman from Lake Oconee. He said the body is possibly that of Shirley Dermond, 87.
The body was found in the lake on Friday in the middle of the dam by a fisherman, McElhenney said.
On May 5, 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.
Sources tell WXIA in Atlanta that the body found Friday was Shirley Dermond's.
Officials said that based on their investigation, they have been able to narrow the time-frame of Russell Dermond's murder to somewhere between 4:30 p.m., on Friday, May 2 – when the mail was delivered – to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, when the couple did not show up for a party.
Previous searches of the area and of the lake had yielded no clues as to Shirley Dermond's whereabouts. Investigators have said they have no leads in Russell Dermond's murder yet. Anyone with information is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 706-485-8557.