Sills hopeful new lead may lead to Dermonds’ killers May 10, 2021 EATONTON, Ga. — It’s now been seven years, and still authorities have not caught the killer or killers or Russell and Shirley Dermond. [..] Although he can’t say much about one of the latest leads that he is following in the open murder investigation, Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills said he is optimistic that it will finally be the lead that will solve the case and bring to justice those responsible for the May 2014 killings. “I’ve been working on some technological things that did not exist in 2014,” Sills told The Union-Recorder during a recent interview. “And I have obtained some data that, with the help of the FBI, we have analyzed. I am now waiting on some additional data to see if that possibly matches up with something that could lead us to a suspect or suspects.” [..] The sheriff said the new lead is the closest concrete-type lead that he has had since he spearheaded the double-murder investigation. He said he had looked into lots of other leads in the past, but they didn’t pan out. “And this one might not pan out, either,” Sills said. “I just don’t know yet.” [..] The sheriff finds out about any such tip immediately and he acts on it right away. “For instance, if I find out Joe Blow was arrested in Tifton, I then find out what cell number he had at that time,” Sills said. “I put the Vi-Cap on it within a month.” Sills said the Vi-Cap Program is one used by the FBI. “You can put the particulars of a case into the Vi-Cap Program and then anybody in law enforcement can call the FBI and say they have X Y and Z, and would they check By-Cap to see if there is anything else like it,” Sills said. [..] “I sill think that the killers came there to get something from the Dermonds, and either the Dermonds wouldn’t give it to them or they didn’t have it to give to them,” Sills said. “That’s what I think.” He also theorized that the killings could have possibly been due to some type of grudge from many years ago. “Sure, it could have been, but I can’t figure out what that grudge could have been,” Sills said. “If it just hadn’t been four days before the Mr. Dermond’s body was discovered, then we might have known more than we did right away. It doesn’t do a detective any good to worry about what could have been, would have been or should have been.” _______ See link for leads previously investigated by Sheriff.