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    GA - Shirley & Russell Dermond, Putnam County **Media Links***NO DISCUSSION***

    Elderly man killed, wife missing in central Georgia
    By Crimesider Staff CBS/AP -- May 7, 2014, 2:33 PM

    EATONTON, Ga. - Police in central Georgia are investigating the slaying of an 88-year-old man and are also searching for his 87-year-old wife, who they fear might have been abducted from the couple's lakeside home.

    Putnam County authorities say they went to the home of Russell and Shirley Dermond, in the Great Waters community on Lake Oconee, around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Friends of the Dermonds who had gone to the house found a body believed to be that of Russell Dermond, Putnan County Sheriff Howard Sills said. The body was found in the garage of the home, WMAZ-TV reported.

    Shirley Dermond was not at the home, and investigators believe she may have been abducted, The Telegraph newspaper reported.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elderly-...ntral-georgia/
    The Associated Press May 7, 2014

    Shirley Dermond, 87, was not at the home when authorities arrived and investigators believe she may have been abducted. Shirley Dermond is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 148 pounds. She has gray hair and blue eyes. She is not considered a suspect in her husband's death, Sills said.

    Sills added that authorities are investigating whether the attacker may have approached the couple's home from the lake. The home is located in the gated Great Waters community on Lake Oconee.

    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/05/07/3085...#storylink=cpy
    published Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

    "We haven't had a murder in Putnam County I know in, oh my, probably eight or nine years," Sills told the Macon TV station. "We virtually have no crime in the community where this occurred."

    The sheriff said the crimes are believed to have happened sometime between Friday and Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of Russell Dermond's death.
    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2...ntral-georgia/
    Police baffled by Lake Oconee man’s death, missing wife
    Updated: 4:45 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 -- Posted: 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014
    By Christian Boone, Marcus K. Garner and Alexis Stevens

    The death of Russell Dermond and the disappearance of his wife Shirley has baffled Putnam County investigators.

    “I’ve worked a lot of murders and this is the strangest one I’ve ever worked,” said Sheriff Howard Sills. “We’re still trying to narrow down the window between Friday and Sunday. I’m leaning more toward Friday or Saturday.”

    Russell Dermond’s head was not located at the crime scene and Shirley Dermond was nowhere to be found, Sills said.

    “I do not believe this to be a random attack and I base that on several things,” Sills said. “No evidence of forced entry or struggle or things like that.”

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    Desperate search on for 87-year-old Georgia woman after husband found beheaded in lakeside home: police
    BY Sasha Goldstein
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:10 PM

    The couple has lived in the community since 1994, and Russell Dermond at one time owned several fast food restaurants. The Dermonds had been married for 68 years, had three adult children and several grandchildren, and were churchgoing people “beloved in the community,” Rev. David Key told CNN.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...icle-1.1785071
    Putnam coroner: victim was beheaded
    Anita Oh 2:25 p.m. EDT May 9, 2014

    The sheriff says Russell Dermond's death in his $1 million lakefront home was targeted and not a random crime. And Sheriff Howard Sills says they're investigating whether the killer entered from the lake. "Absolutely it's possible," said Sills. "This is a huge lake, it spans four counties and entry could've been made by the lake."
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    Autopsy Shows Man Was Dead When His Head Was Cut Off
    Posted: Fri 11:02 AM, May 09, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say an autopsy showed an 88-year-old man was already dead when his head was cut off.

    Putnam County Deputy Coroner Marcus Turner says authorities believe Russell Dermond died of a head or brain injury. Friends found his body Tuesday at his Lake Oconee home.

    http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/258463991.html
    Victim's son: Putnam murder 'makes no sense'
    Bradley Dermond, the couple's son, described his parents Wednesday morning as "salt of the Earth."

    "This absolutely makes no sense at all," Bradley Dermond told 13WMAZ Wednesday morning while driving up from Florida to be briefed by law enforcement about the case.

    http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/loc...ssing/8785833/

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    FBI asked to help in search for missing Ga. woman
    By The Associated Press
    Posted: Thursday, May 8th 2014 at 7:44am

    Sills said Shirley Dermond's wallet, cellphone, purse and car were all left behind. That makes it difficult to track here whereabouts, he added.

    ``There is nothing out of place. Everything is immaculate,'' Stills told The Telegraph newspaper of Macon. ``This is the cleanest house I've ever been in.''

    http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=274686
    Son of slain Putnam father, missing mother: ‘They didn’t deserve this’
    By JOE KOVAC JR. and LIZ FABIAN
    Telegraph staff May 9, 2014

    EATONTON — It was the late 1980s and Russell Dermond, a meticulous World War II-era Navy man and college honor grad, wanted to leave something for his children.

    So at 58 he retired after spending much of his career with a company that owned clock brands Westclox and Seth Thomas and went into the fast-food business. Before long he would oversee a chain of 16 Hardee’s restaurants that ringed metropolitan Atlanta.

    “There’s no doubt he did it for his kids,” his son, Keith Dermond, told The Telegraph on Friday.
    [...]
    “He was such a family man. He was just devoted to his family,” Keith Dermond said. “He was a very hard worker, just a self-made man.”

    His wife, educated at Barnard College in New York City, looked after their three sons and daughter in New Jersey.

    “There’s nobody who met her that didn’t love her,” the son said, adding, “and she never gossiped.”

    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/05/09/3089...#storylink=cpy
    Dermond killer wasn’t local, Putnam residents believe
    Russell Dermond, 88, Found Beheaded; Wife Shirley Dermond Missing: Report
    AP | by JEFF MARTIN and PHILLIP LUCAS
    Posted: 05/08/2014 5:34 pm EDT Updated: 05/08/2014 6:59 pm EDT

    "We looked in the woods adjacent to the house, we looked in the lake," Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said during a news conference. "Her pocketbook and things like that are there, her cellphone is there, the car is there — we don't have anything to track."

    Sills said the couple's lakefront home showed no signs of a struggle or forced entry and no ransom note was left behind.
    [...]
    "The best we can determine from all sources is that this was a perfect marriage," he said. "There's nothing that we have found out so far that looks askance or gives us any particular motive."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_5290989.html
    Putnam residents don’t think Dermond killer was local
    By WAYNE CRENSHAW
    May 10, 2014

    EATONTON -- When an especially heinous crime happens in a small community and no one has been arrested, it might be expected that residents would be a little on edge. But people interviewed in downtown Eatonton on Saturday didn’t seem concerned that a crazed killer could be living among them.

    Sheriff’s deputies found the headless body of Russell Dermond, 88, in his garage Tuesday. His wife, Shirley Dermond, 87, remains missing.

    http://www.macon.com/2014/05/10/3091.../99/100/&ihp=1
    Billboards of missing elderly woman now up in metro Atlanta
    Posted: 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    By Sandra Parrish


    Atlanta — Billboards are popping up around the entire state including metro Atlanta urging anyone with information on a missing Eatonton woman to call authorities.
    [...]
    He says the effort is in conjunction with the FBI which uses dedicated billboard space for emergency messages. Poe says the message about Dermond will remain up until the federal agency says otherwise.

    http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/st...atlanta/nftzp/
    New search coming in Putnam slaying
    By JOE KOVAC JR.
    jkovac@macon.com May 13, 2014

    The sheriff said investigators were running down “lead after lead.”

    “The psychics are calling, the idiots are calling,” Sills added. “Unfortunately we’ll have one legitimate call and there are eight idiots that call. ... We still desperately need that call that will break this case open.”

    On Tuesday, crews in boats using sonar devices searched the lake around the couple’s dock and others near it.

    “Do I have any particular reason to look up under those docks? No. ... It’s more of an elimination thing,” Sills said.

    Wednesday’s land search of what looks to center on more than a square quarter-mile of trees and brush will be more due diligence than anything.

    “No different than the lake,” the sheriff said. “I have no reason to think there is anything over there.”

    http://www.macon.com/2014/05/13/3096...m-slaying.html
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    Search for missing woman moves to vacant lots
    Posted: May 14, 2014 5:50 AM CST Updated: May 14, 2014 5:50 AM CST

    Searchers have also been using sonar equipment to look under the water in Lake Oconee, and billboard messages around the state have been displaying Shirley Dermond's photo in hopes of generating leads.
    Decapitation mystery: Sheriff rules out mob hit
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:03 AM

    “I’m running down one thing after another and coming up empty,” Sills said Tuesday.

    Speculation abounds on social media, including a false report that a elderly woman who turned up dazed and confused Monday at a Tampa hospital was Shirley Dermond.

    [...]

    “No, the man wasn’t in witness protection,” he said. “He wasn’t going to testify. There’s no evidence of any kind of torture.”

    Investigators believe Russell Dermond’s head, yet to be recovered, was severed after he was killed.
    Understanding the incomprehensible
    The Eatonton Messenger
    Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:00 am

    The sheriff emphasizes he would not hesitate to lie, or withhold information, if it could reasonably lead to a resolution of the case. But, he says bluntly, that is not the case here.

    We should not expect the sheriff to tell us everything he knows or every avenue that is being investigated. That is not the way to solve cases. It would be better for the sheriff’s office, and for all of us, if the intense focus, and resulting cascade of rumors dwindled. But that is like saying human nature should change.
    Candlelight service remembers Dermonds, community
    The Eatonton Messenger
    Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:45 am
    Ron Bridgeman

    “We come to light a candle to disperse the darkness that has come into our community.”

    That was just one of the expressions of hurt, anger, bewilderment and determination expressed Saturday night at a candlelight service held next to the pond at Lake Oconee Village.
    FBI posts reward for missing wife of beheaded man
    By Eliott C. McLaughlin and Catherine Shoichet, CNN
    updated 8:11 AM EDT, Thu May 15, 2014

    (CNN) -- The FBI is offering a reward in its search for the wife of an 88-year-old Georgia man who was found decapitated.

    It will pay "up to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Shirley Wilcox Dermond and/or the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for her disappearance," Special Agent Stephen Emmett of the FBI's Atlanta office said Wednesday.

    "I don't think it's a random incident. I think for whatever reason these people were singled out for this," Sills said. "They live in the most exclusive neighborhood, or one of the most exclusive neighborhoods, in this county. ... They're on a cul-de-sac in a gated, multimillion-dollar resort community that we have no crime in."
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    Decapitation mystery: Security camera wasn't on, son tells AJC
    By Christian Boone
    THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
    Friday, May 16, 2014 11:00 AM

    “They had a security system. And they always kept their doors locked,” Dermond said. “They were religious about that.”

    Dermond also revealed that cameras manning the gates at Reynolds Plantation weren’t functioning at the time.
    [...]
    The family’s only previous brush with violence came in 2000, when the couple’s oldest son, Mark Dermond, was killed while trying to buy crack cocaine in Atlanta. Neither Keith Dermond or investigators believe there’s any connection.

    “It was so long ago. My parents didn’t even attend the trial” of Mark Dermond’s killer, his brother said. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

    Nothing does.
    Decapitation mystery | Russell Dermond was World War II vet, golfer
    Posted: 10:28 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014
    By Rodney Thrash
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



    Russell Dermond was a United States Navy veteran from Hackensack, N.J., who served in World War II. He loved golf, books, walks and time spent with family and friends. He was a member of Oconee Community Church.

    http://www.williamsfuneralhome.net/o...nd/#!/Obituary
    Sills says ... Putnam’s sheriff speaking plainly
    Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:40 am
    The Eatonton Messenger
    Karen Bridgeman

    A press conference May 8, the only such session Sills has had, lasted about 20 minutes – and is the source of many of the postings on a wide range of topics:

    “We have to assume – or at least pray – that Mrs. Dermond is still alive,” Sills said.

    “We certainly hope she’s still alive, but I’m not very optimistic, simply because of her husband.”

    “We don’t have a point to look for Mrs. Dermond. Her pocketbook and things like that are (at the home), her cell phone is there, her car is there.”
    Residents question decision not to call GBI for help in Putnam Co. beheading
    Posted: 5:29 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Sheriff Sills said his department has not found many clues to the crime or to Shirley Dermond’s whereabouts, but he said he is not prepared to call the GBI for help, instead relying on his own 40 years in law enforcement.

    “If you can tell me something the GBI knows how to do that I don’t know how to do then I will be glad and call them,” Sills said.
    [...]
    The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has not investigated a homicide in a decade.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 706-485-8557.
    Putnam Co. officials continue search for Shirley Dermond
    Michael King, WXIA 7:51 p.m. EDT May 14, 2014

    About five or six acres of the Reynolds Plantation neighborhood near the Dermond home was thoroughly searched on Wednesday by about 60 or 70 sheriff's deputies from several area counties, along with 10 FBI agents. They did not find anything in their search.

    Officials said that based on their investigation, they have been able to narrow the time-frame of the crime 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.

    Sills debunked several rumors that have surfaced in social media – including a note that there is no evidence of mob ties or ties to a witness protection program. He said that there was no connection with the drug-related murder of the Dermond's son in Atlanta 14 years ago.
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    Missing wife of decapitated Georgia man found dead in lake
    By Chelsea J. Carter and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
    updated 10:54 PM EDT, Fri May 16, 2014

    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.

    "We haven't even had a funeral for Russell because their kids wanted to wait. Now that we know about Shirley, we will start planning the funeral services for both.
    Missing Putnam County woman's body found in Lake Oconee
    11Alive Staff, WXIA
    11:03 p.m. EDT May 16, 2014

    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.
    Investigators find body of Shirley Dermond on Lake Oconee
    Updated: 10:21 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 | Posted: 5:15 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014

    PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. —The Putnam County Sheriff confirms to Channel 2 Action News that a body pulled from Lake Oconee late Friday afternoon is likely that of Shirley Dermond.

    Dermond disappeared two weeks ago after her husband, Russell Dermond, 88, was found decapitated at the couple’s home on Lake Oconee.
    Sheriff: ‘Now we know Shirley Dermond was murdered’
    Updated: 7:29 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 | Posted: 5:22 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014
    By Christian Boone and Rhonda Cook
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters Friday he is “fairly confident” a body pulled from Lake Oconee Friday afternoon was that of Shirley Dermond, missing for two weeks.
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    Coroner: Shirley Dermond died from blunt force trauma
    Cody Rhodes 6 p.m. EDT May 17, 2014
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    Putnam coroner Gary McElhenney told 13WMAZ Saturday that the autopsy performed by the GBI medical examiner concluded the elderly woman died from blunt force trauma to the head.
    Sheriff: Shirley Dermond died of blunt force trauma to the head
    Updated: 2:38 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 | Posted: 11:56 a.m.
    By Christian Boone and Rodney Thrash
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    UPDATE: Shirley Dermond, the 87-year-old Eatonton woman whose body was pulled from Lake Oconee Friday afternoon, died of blunt force trauma to the head, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She did not drown and she was not alive when she was put in the water, he said.
    Motive in Lake Oconee killings may be ‘something crazy’
    By JOE KOVAC JR.
    May 17, 2014 Updated 26 minutes ago
    The Telegraph, Macon

    Keith Dermond, 55, said investigators have referred to his parents’ killings as “a targeted crime.”

    “We’ve had two weeks almost to think about all this and just cannot come up with anything that sounds logical,” he said.

    “Especially with nothing of any value taken. There wasn’t a robbery of any kind. I just think it was a random thing, or if it was targeted they hit the wrong house, or something crazy like that.”

    He couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to harm his folks, who ran an Atlanta-area chain of Hardee’s restaurants until they retired 20 years ago.

    He said, “I just don’t understand it at all.”
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    Investigators track new leads in Lake Oconee killings
    By LIZ FABIAN
    May 20, 2014

    In the days following the discovery of Shirley Dermond’s body Friday in Lake Oconee, investigators are honing in on the water.

    But Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said surveillance videos from around the lake might not provide the clues he needs to find the person who clobbered the 87-year-old woman in the head and identify the murder weapon, which was not a knife or gun.

    “I’m virtually certain that it would be a miracle if any of those cameras displayed a boat’s identification number,” Sills said.
    Coroner: Wife of decapitated Georgia man was killed, dumped in lake
    Posted: May 19, 2014 9:49 AM CST
    By CNN Newswire
    By Chelsea J. Carter and Carma Hassan

    ATLANTA (CNN) -- An 87-year-old Georgia woman, who was found dead in Lake Oconee 10 days after the discovery of her husband's headless body, appears to have been killed before being dumped in the lake. It's the latest twist in a grisly case that has baffled authorities.

    Shirley Dermond did not drown but rather died from a "blunt impact injury to the head," Putnam County Coroner Gary McElhenney said Saturday.

    The coroner's finding came a day after authorities pulled Dermond's body from the lake about 80 miles east of Atlanta.
    Lake Oconee search on hold today
    WMAZ 3:51 p.m. EDT May 19, 2014

    Richard Tanner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says his teams searched the lake from Friday night through last night for evidence in the deaths of Russell and Shirley Dermond. He said they did not find any new clues.

    A fisherman found Shirley Dermond's body. Tanner says they searched a 6- to 8-mile stretch between the Dermond's lakeside home and the dam where she was found.

    Tanner says he'll talk to Sills about where they'll look next.
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    Investigation continues in Putnam Co. murder case
    Posted: May 20, 2014 9:31 PM CST Updated: May 20, 2014 9:43 PM CST
    By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF

    Investigators confirm on Sunday more than 215 people who live in the Dermond's neighborhood answered questions from the deputies and the FBI.

    Neighbors tell FOX 5 they answered about 30 questions, ranging from where they were on certain dates, to whether they had home surveillance video that could help investigators. According to Sheriff Howard Sills, the meeting was also meant to catch up with residents who may not live there full-time.

    Read more: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/25...#ixzz32LzmF85N
    Murdered elderly couple -- Sheriff says Dermonds likely knew killers
    Posted: 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    By Christian Boone
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The sheriff leading the investigation into the gruesome slayings of an elderly Eatonton couple said he believes the victims knew their killers.

    “They were at least minimally acquainted with whoever did this,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday. “That’s an assumption, coupled with some physical evidence.”

    [Suspects]
    “I’ve put a lot of people in my scope, but none in the cross hairs,” Sills said.

    [The three children]
    “I’ve never eliminated them,” he said, though he cautioned there’s no evidence linking them to the slayings.

    [Cult]
    “If that was the case, they’d want us to know,” he said.

    ["Professional assassin"]
    “For everything that looks professional, there’s something that isn’t,” Sills said. “This is not the work of some drug-crazed individuals, and this is not some professional assassin.”

    “I’ve looked at every check he’s written the last 10 years, every credit card receipt, and there’s nothing that looks out of the ordinary or unusual,” Sills said.
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    Sills: Dermond killers came by boat
    WMAZ 5:01 p.m. EDT May 24, 2014



    [...]

    Sills discussed the case in detail with Anita Oh, saying:

    --Finding Shirley Dermond's body in the lake has convinced him that the couple's killers arrived at their home over the water: "Somebody came by boat for a fact."
    And while Sills' investigators have scoured the Great Waters neighborhood for security cameras pointed toward the lake, they haven't found an image of the killers or anything else unusual.

    [snips]

    --"Could 1 person do it? Sure, but the circumstances and evidences lead me to believe it was a minimum of 2 people."

    --There is "definitely no doubt about it" that Russell Dermond's head was cut off and Shirley's body dumped was to "conceal evidence, buy time and obstruct roadblocks in our investigation. Does it show depravity? Yes, but it was for self-preservation of whoever done it.."

    --"This does not mean it's organized crime. There's no evidence of that. No Mafia or cartel..."

    --"A brutal evil savage of some sort."

    Sills says DNR and sheriff's deputies will be on the water this holiday weekend, but not actively searching.
    *If you have trouble opening TheTelegraph link, press the ESCAPE key while the page is loading.

    Dermond slayings expected to effect Memorial weekend on Lake Oconee
    By LIZ FABIAN, The Telegraph
    May 24, 2014

    DNR crews began searching the lake soon after the first body was found, and although they suspended regular searches for other evidence earlier this week, the rangers are still thinking about the case.

    “We’ll be on the lake patrolling all weekend,” Padgett said. “We’ll ride through there to see if anything would surface.”

    Sills realizes most of those out enjoying the lake also will be mindful of what happened and will be on the lookout for anything unusual.

    “I hate to be graphic, or sound crude, but we’re still looking for Mr. Dermond’s head,” Sills said. “If that’s seen out there, or something like that is seen, we need to know.”

    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/05/24/3113...#storylink=cpy
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    *If you have trouble opening The Telegraph link, press the ESCAPE key while the page is loading.

    Sheriff: ‘Brutal savage’ probably targeted elderly Lake Oconee couple
    By LIZ FABIAN and JOE KOVAC JR., Telegraph staff
    May 22, 2014

    [...]

    Sills said he has been working such long hours that at times he has lost track of days.

    A hometown boy, he likened the probe’s plodding nature to “plowing hard ground at Rockville with a dull point and a slow mule.”

    Even so, he said, “there are things that we’ve found out that I can’t elaborate on.”

    [...]

    Sills has narrowed the timeline to a 24-hour window between that Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. Russell Dermond, his head severed, was found dead in his Carolyn Drive garage on the morning of May 6 when concerned neighbors went to his house. The 88-year-old’s head has not been found. His manner of death is unknown.

    [...]

    The decapitation also factors in to make Sills think at least two assailants took part.

    “That takes a little effort to do that. Even if the (dead) person’s not alive. And then we have Mrs. Dermond’s body in the lake five miles away,” the sheriff said.

    [...]

    Sills would not discuss specifics of what investigators have learned as they have combed the Dermonds’ financial records and background to sniff out potential motives.

    But, he added, “it’s nothing random” as best he can tell for now.

    Asked what kind of person or people may be responsible for the killings, Sills said, “I would say it was a particularly brutal savage that did this. Whether he did it as a result of self-preservation or he did it as a result of just pure meanness, it takes a certain level of depravity to throw an 87-year-old woman in the lake and cut off the head of an 88-year-old man.”

    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/05/22/3111...#storylink=cpy
    Son of murdered Putnam Co. couple said case [sic] turned over
    Posted: 4:35 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014

    PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga — The son of the murdered Putnam County couple confirmed investigators finished their search of his parents' home and have turned it back over to the family.

    [...]

    "We appreciate all the support and ask for your continued prayers," said Dermond.
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    Reward offered in Georgia beheading case
    By Crimesider Staff CBS/AP
    June 4, 2014, 11:32 AM

    Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said in a statement that the president of a Lake Oconee resort is offering $30,000 for information leading to the suspects involved in the death of 88-year-old Russell Dermond and his 87-year-old wife Shirley.

    [...]

    Sills previously told the paper he believes the Dermonds "were at least minimally acquainted" with their killers and that he is certain the killers accessed the couple's property by water. He also reportedly said that both he and FBI profilers who have examined the case believe at least two people were involved in the crime - which is believed to have taken place May 2 or May 3.
    Sheriff asks public to add to reward in Dermond case
    13WMAZ 8:53 p.m. EDT June 3, 2014

    Now, Sills said, "we have reached a point, some thirty days after these heinous crimes, where I believe a significant monetary reward may well be the thing that will enable us break this very difficult case."

    He said he has set up an account for a reward fund at The People's Bank. He said contributions would be tax-deductible.
    EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff says Reynolds Plantation couple killed with different weapons
    Posted: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told Winne that he has evidence indicating the killer used two different weapons during last month’s slayings. Sills says physical evidence points to a strong likelihood that the Dermonds died in different ways and that the killer, or killers, used a different kind of weapon to kill 88-year-old Russell Dermond than to kill 87-year-old Shirley Dermond.

    “I don’t believe they were killed with the same weapon, no,” said Sills. “I won’t elaborate on what the murder weapons were.”

    [...]

    “This is a very difficult case, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have forensic evidence. We’re running down leads today,” said Sills. “We’ve got fingerprints, we’ve got hairs, we’ve got fibers, we’ve got all matter of forensic evidence that we’ve collected from the house.”

    Sills said they’ve also collected several other items of significance to the case that he can’t talk about.

    "What's in my heart is finding out who killed these people,” said Sills
    Reward fund established in death of elderly Eatonton couple
    by Christian Boone
    Posted: 7:51 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Video footage from surveillance cameras on and off Lake Oconee captured between May 2 and 3 — when the slayings occurred — has been sent to the FBI for further examination.

    The reward fund was set up through The Peoples Bank, and anyone wishing to contribute can do so at any of the bank’s branch offices.
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    As tonight closes, we go to bed with no answers, no new leads, and just hope ssomegood news comes Jup in the morning. A new line has to pop up, just give it time!!

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    http://www.msgr.com/news/local_news/...a4bcf887a.html

    more dead ends, still more phone records to view with court order, which will bring more court orders for other phone records says Sills

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    Macon television station 13WMAZ has a special section of its web site where much of its coverage of the Dermond case is archived:

    http://www.13wmaz.com/topic/586e6d09.../dermond-case/

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