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Missing Putnam County woman's body found in Lake Oconee

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PUTNAM COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – The body of a missing 87-year-old Putnam County woman was found at Lake Oconee on Friday, authorities said.

Shirley Dermond, 87, had not been seen in almost two weeks. On May 5, the body of her husband, 88-year-old Russell Dermond, was found decapitated in the garage of his home in the Great Waters community at Lake Oconee. His head has not been recovered, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

Sources tell 11Alive that two fishermen discovered the body near a dam at Lake Oconee on Friday afternoon.

"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."

Sheriff's officials confirmed that the body found was Shirley Dermond's.

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