Man Beheaded, Wife Missing


Published 05/09 2014 12:05PM

Updated 05/09 2014 12:09PM

(WXIA)  Investigators  in Eatonton, Georgaia still have no idea who killed and beheaded 88-year-old Russell Dermond and they have no idea where his 87-year-old wife is.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said it is the most frustrating homicide he has ever worked because nothing about the case makes sense.

An autopsy was conducted on Dermond's body at the GBI Crime Lab without his head, which is still missing.

Coroner Gary McElhenney said Dermond died from cerebral cranial trauma. 

"They found no evidence of any trauma that would be life-threatening, so that eliminated the body," McElhenney said.

"From where I can see from the evidence, I feel sure he was dead before the head was severed," he said.

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