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Autopsies complete, but still no details on deaths of Newton County couple

COVINGTON — Autopsies have been completed on the couple who were found dead inside their residence early Monday, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

However, Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis, who is working a joint death investigation into the matter with the NCSO, has said he will not release details on the manner or cause of death until further investigative work is complete, said Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison.

The two were found dead by a family member who arrived at the home at 265 Stone Ridge Way around 7:45 a.m. That person called law enforcement, Morrison said.

The male and female victims have been identified as 44-year-old Robert Dendy and Lendene Dendy, 39.

According to the Newton County School System, Lendene Dendy began working there in 2008 as a third-grade teacher at West Newton Elementary School. The following school year, she transferred to Live Oak Elementary School as a fifth-grade teacher.

“She was teaching third grade this year,” said Public Relations Director Sherri Davis-Viniard, adding that she was previously employed with DeKalb County Schools.

“We will have a team of counselors at the school today (Tuesday) for any students or staff who need help,” she said. “This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Dendy’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The Live Oak Elementary School web site says that Mrs. Dendy had been an educator for 17 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Claflin University and her master’s degree and education specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University. It says that her “goal is to encourage students to be all that they can be and to do the best that they can do” and gives her interests as softball and travel. The site also described her as a newlywed who was “enjoying her new marriage.”

According to Cindy Ball, executive director of information and community relations at Rockdale County Public Schools, Robert Dendy worked at Edwards Middle School in Conyers from July 2006 until November 2011 as a physical education teacher and athletic director. Ball said she does not have any information on why he left his job or his next place of employment.

Reportedly, he had previously worked for DeKalb County Schools as a teacher and football coach.

Morrison said the NCSO Criminal Investigation Division and Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis are continuing to treat this as an ongoing death investigation, and no further details are being announced until later in the week.

Stone Ridge Way is off Flat Shoals Road near Bypass Road.