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.
Investigators fear Dermond’s 87-year-old wife, Shirley Dermond, was abducted. They are searching for her with the help of the FBI.
Sheriff Howard Sills said during a news conference yesterday that the woman’s purse, cellphone and the couple’s car were still at the house in the gated community.
Sills says the home showed no signs of a struggle or forced entry and no ransom note was left behind. He does not believe the killing was random.