FBI offers reward in Lake Oconee murder, kidnapping case - CBS46 News

FBI offers reward in Lake Oconee murder, kidnapping case

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PUTNAM COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Cathy Christian and her family enjoy camping along the shores of Lake Oconee. Now, they do so with a bit of trepidation.

Christian knows not far from their campsite someone killed 88-year-old Russell Dermond and kidnapped his wife 87-year old Shirley.

On May 6, police discovered Russell Dermond's headless body inside the couple's lakefront property in Reynolds Plantation's Great Waters community.

"It's weird to know that somebody could be out there in the lake dead," said Christian.

Rangers with Georgia's Department of Natural Resources have been searching Lake Oconee and the shoreline every day since the gruesome discovery.

The FBI is now offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to Shirley Dermond and her husband's killer.

"I hope somebody comes forward," Christian said.

People who live and work in the Reynolds Plantation and Lake Oconee Community have varied opinions about whether or not the reward will help.

"I was thinking it might not help in this community because I don't believe people have any information to give," said one resident.

"I don't think it will help, the $20,000. I just don't think that's enough money," said Lynn Copeland. It could be somebody who has money."

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