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Possible new evidence recovered in Lake Oconee double murder mystery

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PUTNAM COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Rangers with Georgia's Department of Natural Resources were back out on Lake Oconee Monday searching the area where 87-year-old Shirley Dermond's body was found last Friday.

They are still searching for her husband's head.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said while that was going on he and the district attorney did a final walk through the couple's home before they released it to the Dermond's children.

"I mean it's really not anything for the district attorney to do yet, we haven't made an arrest," Sills said.

Sills said it's not unusual for the district attorney's office to review a crime scene, but so many things about this case are unusual.

Shirley Dermond was missing for two weeks. A fisherman discovered her body in Lake Oconee on Friday.

Her husband, 88-year-old Russell Dermond's decapitated body was found in the couple's lake front property on May 6.

His head is still missing and police still don't know who killed them, but they have recovered new surveillance video that might contain clues. Sills said they turned it over to the FBI.

"We have a recording device that we are afraid to tamper with and so we just gave it to them. They are going to pull the hard drive," he said.

Sills still believes this was not a random crime and he does not believe it was a professional hit connected to the murder of one of the Dermond's sons.

"Their son was a drug addict who went to buy a small quantity of drugs on the streets of Atlanta," said Sills. "He wasn't a drug trafficker, he wasn't a drug smuggler, he wasn't part of a drug cartel. He ran into somebody who instead of selling him a $20 rock took his money and shot him. To somehow construe that 20 years later, from a street level robbery homicide, to somehow say that's some kind of a vendetta against the parents are absurd."

Sills said the Dermond's children are expected in Eatonton today or Thursday. His office will interview them one more time then release their parent's home and bodies to them so they can make the funeral arrangements.

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