Coroner: Shirley Dermond died from blunt force trauma

After two fisherman said they found a body at Lake Oconee, Putnam authorities pulled who they are confident is Shirley Dermond from the lake Friday afternoon.

Putnam coroner Gary McElhenney told 13WMAZ Saturday that the autopsy performed by the GBI medical examiner concluded the elderly woman died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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He said there is no other visible trauma on the body. A toxicology screening of the body will be done, but results may take two or three weeks or two or three months. "It all just depends on if it shows anything," McElhenney added.

Dental records will definitively say if this is Shirley Dermond, but McElhenney said "I'm pretty certain. Sheriff Sills is pretty certain. And everyone else is pretty certain this is Shirley." He cited general appearance and surgical scars as reasoning.


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