Body of Wife in Decapitation Case Is Found

Shirley Dermond's husband beheaded 2 weeks ago
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2014 6:08 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office shows Shirley Dermond.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Putnam County Sheriff’s Office)

(Newser) – Police found the body of 87-year-old Shirley Dermond in Georgia's Lake Oconee today after a two-week search, but they still don't know how she died or who decapitated her husband earlier this month, reports WXIA in Atlanta. Investigators were working on the theory that whoever killed 88-year-old Russell Dermond around May 2 at the couple's home also abducted Shirley, reports CNN. The FBI got involved and put up a $20,000 reward for information in the case, but investigators admit they're stumped.

“It is unusual for me at this point in the investigation, especially with this many people involved in the investigation, not to have a clear path that we are going down,” the Putnam County sheriff tells WSB-TV. One grisly detail is that Russell Dermond's head has not been recovered. He was found in the couple's garage, and there was no sign of a struggle or forced entry. “The associations that would normally be with a crime like this, much less one as bizarre as this, are not here," says the sheriff. "So that leaves us looking at everybody and everything."

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