Examiners say blunt force trauma caused Dermond’s death

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Eatonton, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Atlanta GBI is conducting a series of test to confirm the woman’s body found in Lake Oconee on Friday is 87-year-old Shirley Dermond.

According to Putnam County corner Gary McElhenny, he’s “99 percent sure” the body sent to the Atlanta GBI crime lab on Saturday is Dermond.

McElhenny says an the autopsy shows the cause of death was the result of blunt force trauma to the head.

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He believes though the incident is tragic, knowing Shirley Dermond is no longer missing will provide the family with some relief.

“I know that there are glad that they found her. Now the family can have a little closure.”

The coroner tells 41NBC there were no other injuries.



Medical examiners will also conduct a toxicology test and dental screening.

This case is still under investigation.