EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Police in central Georgia on Wednesday were investigating the beheading of an elderly man and were also searching for his wife, who they fear might have been abducted from the couple’s lakefront home.

Friends of Russell and Shirley Dermond found the body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond in the garage of the home Tuesday and called the police, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said.

County coroner Gary P. McElhenney told WMAZ-TV that the man had been decapitated. Police believe the attack happened sometime between Friday and Sunday, Sills said.

Shirley Dermond, 87, was not at the home when authorities arrived and investigators believe she may have been abducted. Shirley Dermond is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 148 pounds. She has gray hair and blue eyes. She is not considered a suspect in her husband’s death, Sills said.

Sills added that authorities are investigating whether the attacker may have approached the couple’s home from the lake. The home is located in the gated Great Waters community on Lake Oconee.

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