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Sheriff appeals for donations to Dermond reward fund

A month after the unsolved murders of Russell and Shirley Dermond, the Putnam County sheriff says it may take "a significant monetary reward" to break the case.

Sheriff Howard Sills announced creation of a public reward fund and appealed for donations. He said Reynolds Plantation has pledged $30,000.

The FBI has already offered up to $20,000 for information about the murders.

Sills said his investigators have worked entirely on the case for 26 days, assisted by the FBI and scores of detectives from other counties.

But no major leads have been reported.

Russell Dermond, 88, and Shirley Dermond, 87, lived in a lakefront home in the Great Waters subdivision of Reynolds Plantation.

Russell Dermond's decapitated body was found in the garage on May 6. His wife had vanished. Fishermen spotted her body floating several miles away on Lake Oconee on May 16.

Now, Sills said, "we have reached a point, some thirty days after these heinous crimes, where I believe a significant monetary reward may well be the thing that will enable us break this very difficult case."

He said he has set up an account for a reward fund at The People's Bank. He said contributions would be tax-deductible.


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