Lake Oconee search on hold today

The search in Lake Oconee for new clues in a double murder is on hold today.

Richard Tanner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says his teams searched the lake from Friday night through last night for evidence in the deaths of Russell and Shirley Dermond.

He said they did not find any new clues.

A fisherman found Shirley Dermond's body. Tanner says they searched a 6- to 8-mile stretch between the Dermond's lakeside home and the dam where she was found.

Tanner says he'll talk to Sills about where they'll look next.

We could not reach Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills for comment this morning.

Meanwhile, Coroner Gary McElhenney says Shirley Dermond's body was so badly decomposed, it was hard to tell if there's bruising or signs of struggle. He said an medical examiner ruled out stabbing or bullet wounds.

Check back with for updates on this story today.


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