Gruesome slaying of Georgia couple unsolved after 5 years

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EATONTON, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia sheriff says he’s still confounded by the unsolved slayings five years ago of a retiree, who was found beheaded, and his elderly wife.

The decapitated body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond was found May 6, 2014, in the garage of his home on Lake Oconee. Authorities pulled the body of his wife, 87-year-old Shirley Dermond, from the lake a few weeks later.

No arrests have ever been made in the gruesome killings that occurred inside a quiet, gated community about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he still thinks about the deaths almost every day. He says his office continues to follow every lead it receives.

The sheriff said: “Somebody knows who did this. They need to tell us.”

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