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Georgia man beheaded, wife missing

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(AP) - A central Georgia sheriff has requested help from the FBI as authorities investigate what the coroner calls the beheading of a man and the search for his wife, whom they fear was abducted.

Putnam County authorities say friends found the body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond on Tuesday at the couple's home on Lake Oconee. His wife, 87-year-old Shirley Dermond, is missing.

County coroner Gary McElhenney told WMAZ-TV in Macon that the man had been decapitated. Police believe the attack happened sometime between Friday and Sunday.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills tells WSB-TV that he doesn't believe the attack was random, partly because there was no evidence of forced entry or a struggle. Sills said Shirley Dermond's wallet, cellphone, purse and car were all left behind.

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