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EATONTON, Ga. -- Leads have dried up and tipsters have mostly stopped calling and writing. Now, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says the county's probe into the double murder of an elderly couple is focusing on the victims' finances.

Russell and Shirley Dermond were in their late 80s, living in a high-end resort community on Lake Oconee when they died in May ?? the work of two or more killers, according to Sills.

Russell Dermond, 88, was found beheaded in the garage at his home on Lake Oconee on May 6. Two fisherman found the body of Shirley Dermond, 87, near a dam in the lake on May 16.

Searches of the lake and the grounds, searches of the woods with cadaver dogs, and interviews with neighbors have turned up nothing. Sills says his investigators recently gave a polygraph test to a potential witness, but the information may or may not be useful.

Sheriff Sills says investigators are now combing 4,000 pages of the victims' financial records in the hope of finding leads ?? which have become more elusive with each passing week.

"Has it slowed down? Yes it has. Calls and leads and things like that have slowed down. The reward we're offering doesn't seem to be initiating any calls and things like that," Sills said. "But we're still actively doing things in conjunction with this case."

In late July, Sills went over the double murder evidence with cold-case detectives visiting from Florida. He says the mystery of who killed the couple got no closer to resolution.

Sills believes the killers likely accessed the victims' property by boat with a motive that is no clearer than it was three months ago. But he believes the case is still solvable.

"I'll be hopeful that it's solvable til the day I die," Sills said.



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