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(CNN) -- The Georgia couple is described as "sweet as can be," and authorities are scrambling to unravel the mystery of how Russell Dermond, 88, was killed and then reportedly decapitated, and his 87-year-old wife disappeared.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is treating Shirley Dermond's disappearance from the Eatonton home -- where her husband was found dead Tuesday -- as an abduction, Sheriff Howard Sills said in a statement.

Police suspect that Russell Dermond was killed between Friday and Sunday.

The Dermonds' friends hadn't heard from them in days and went to their home in the upscale, gated, lakeside Great Waters community, where they found in the garage "what we are virtually certain is the body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond," Sills said.

He would not elaborate on why police couldn't identify the body, but CNN affiliates WSB and WMAZ report that Russell Dermond was decapitated. WSB cited a law enforcement source in reporting that the head was not at the crime scene.

Pressed Thursday on that report, Sills said information suggesting that authorities had found parts of Shirley Dermond's body were "totally false" and asked CNN to "help stop the false reports, as they are interfering with our investigation."

However, he would not debunk the report that Russell Dermond was beheaded.

"I am only confirming at this time that Russell Dermond's body suffered significant trauma. An autopsy will be performed at the state crime lab today, and I may say more about that upon its completion," he said.

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Re: Georgia elderly man decapitated, wife missing; police seek clues
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2014, 07:05:33 PM »
... A weapon was not located, but the couple’s cellphones, Shirley Dermond’s purse and other valuables were found in the home, making it difficult to track her whereabouts, police said.

The community has security guards at its gates. But police said the Dermonds’ home is on the water and is accessible by boat.

“This is a huge lake,” Sills said. “It spans four counties and entry could’ve been made by the lake.”

Surveillance cameras in the community were not working, he said, and police are seeking any surveillance images from any nearby cameras.

Crews have searched part of the lake with sonar devices, Sills said. However, they have not found anything. ...

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