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
Georgia elderly man decapitated, wife missing; police seek clues - CNN.com
Wow. sick MF