Shirley Bell <I>Wilcox</I> Dermond

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Shirley Bell Wilcox Dermond

Maywood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 6 May 2014 (aged 87)
Putnam County, Georgia, USA
Burial Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 129892189 · View Source
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Mrs. Shirley Wilcox Dermond, Age 87, of Eatonton, passed away.
Funeral Services will be Private.
from: Williams Funeral Home, Eatonton, GA, @!/Obituary:

Mrs. Dermond was a native of Maywood, New Jersey; lived in Atlanta for many years before moving to Lake Oconee. She was the daughter of the late Alan Wilcox and the late Phyllis Bell Wilcox. She was the widow of the late Russell Joseph Dermond. Mrs. Dermond was a member of Oconee Community Church. She loved crossword puzzles, gardening and was an avid Bridge player.

Survivors include her Daughter Leslie D. (James) Patton of Ashville, NC, two Sons Keith (Kathleen) Dermond of Jacksonville, Fla., Bradley (Erin) Dermond of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and 9 Grandchildren.
Missing wife of decapitated man found dead in river

Update: 5/16 - (CNN) — The body of an 87-year-old Georgia woman who disappeared two weeks ago after her husband was found decapitated in their home has been discovered in the state's Oconee River, a close family friend told CNN on Friday.

Investigators believe Shirley Dermond was taken from her home near Lake Oconee after her husband, 88-year-old Russell Dermond, was decapitated sometime between May 2 and May 4.

"The whole family are in shock with the news of Shirley's body being found," said the Rev. David Key of Lake Oconee Community Church.

"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."

Dermond's body was discovered after friends, who hadn't heard from the couple in days, went to their home, where they found his body in the garage.

The FBI put up more than 100 billboards in its search for the missing woman, and it offered a reward of up to $20,000 for information to her location or the arrest of the person responsible for her disappearance.

GEORGIA – Authorities are investigating a "very unusual" case involving a decapitated 88-year-old man and his missing 87-year-old wife.

Russell Dermond's death and Shirley Dermond's disappearance are mysteries detectives are trying to unravel — and fast.

"We need to assume, or at least pray, that Mrs. Dermond is still alive, and we desperately need to know her whereabouts," Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday.

Investigators are treating her disappearance as an abduction, he said.

There is no indication she's a suspect, and there's "plenty" to indicate she was taken, he said.

Her pocketbook, cell phone and vehicle were all at the million-dollar waterfront home where her husband's headless body was found.

Investigators believe Russell Dermond was killed between last Friday and Sunday, and they're still searching for his severed head, Sills told reporters, describing the case as "very unusual" and the most frustrating homicide of his career.

So far, the investigation has turned up little to shed light on the crimes. Investigators aren't aware of any enemies the couple had made, or any reason someone would target them, he said.
Missing elderly woman found dead in lake
from: The News Star, Monroe,LA

The body of a missing 87-year-old woman whose husband was found decapitated more than one week ago was found in Lake Oconee in Putnam County, Ga., on Friday.

Shirley Dermond had been missing since May 5, when her 88-year-old husband Russell Dermond was found decapitated in the garage of their home. His head has not yet been recovered.

"We now unfortunately know that Shirley Dermond was murdered, and we're no longer, unfortunately, seeking to rescue her," Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters during a news conference. "As bad as that is, it progresses our investigation."

Shirley Dermond's body was found in the lake on Friday in the middle of the dam by a fisherman.

"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."

Shirley Dermond's death was "most certainly a homicide," but there were no "glaring signs of trauma," Sills said, adding the body was found about 5 or 6 miles from the Dermond's home, which could indicate that it was transported to the lake.

Shirley Dermond's body is being taken to the state crime lab in Atlanta.

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