87 Year Old Missing Georgia Woman Shirley Dermond Found Found Dead, Body Found in Lake Oconee … Husband Previously Found Decapitated
Bizarre and Grisly murder investigation continues …
The body of 87 year old missing Shirley Dermond has been found in Lake Oconee, south of Athens, GA. The discovery was made by two fisherman Friday afternoon about five or six miles from the her home. Shirley Dermond had been missing for nearly two weeks. Authorities had believed that Shirley Dermond was abducted from her home in Reynolds Plantation, GA after the police made the grisly discovery in finding the body of her 88 year old husband, Russell Dermond, decapitated.
Shirley Dermond’s body was found in Lake Oconee, south of Athens, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters Friday.
“We now, unfortunately, know that Shirley Dermond was murdered,” Sills said. Sills declined to discuss the condition of the body other than to say, “the head was not removed or anything like that.” Authorities were alerted Friday by two fishermen who spotted what they believed to be a body in the lake, some five or six miles from the couple’s home.
Sources tell 11Alive that two fishermen discovered the body near a dam at Lake Oconee on Friday afternoon.
“While we were riding towards the place I was going to go fishing, I noticed something that looked strange — out of the ordinary — so we approached it,” said fisherman Dennis Higgs. “When we got close enough to see what it might be — we thought it might be a buoy or something like that — when we got closer to it, we realized it was more than a buoy. It was something else, so we backed off from it. I think at 2:24, I called 9-1-1.”
Sheriff’s officials confirmed that the body found was Shirley Dermond’s.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 706-485-8557.