Teach­ers found dead in home

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

The death of two teach­ers found dead in their New­ton County home Mon­day morn­ing is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and stu­dents and staff at Live Oak Ele­men­tary School are try­ing to make sense of the death of pop­u­lar third-grade teacher Len­dene Dendy.

Len­dene, 39, and Robert Dendy, 44, were found dead around 7:45 a.m. by a fam­ily mem­ber, ac­cord­ing to New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Cort­ney Mor­ri­son and county Coro­ner Tommy Davis. The ini­tial call came in to dis­patch as a pos­si­ble sui­cide, though Davis said the cause and man­ner of death is be­ing withheld pend­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the NCSO and the coro­ner’s of­fice. Au­top­sies were per­formed on the cou­ple Tues­day by the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner, but the cause of death has yet to be re­leased.

“Our school com­mu­nity is deeply sad­dened by Ms. Dendy’s death,” said Live Oak Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Ericka An­der­son in an email Tues­day. “Ms. Dendy was a gifted teacher who truly had our stu­dents’ best in­ter­est at heart. To us, her legacy will al­ways be the love, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment she dis­played to not only her per­sonal fam­ily but also to her school fam­ily.”

Sherri Davis-Viniard, New­ton school di­rec­tor of pub­lic re­la­tions, said there were coun­selors at the school to help both stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers should they need it.

“This is ob­vi­ously a ter­ri­ble tragedy,” Davis-Viniard said Tues­day. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Dendy’s fam­ily dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Robert Dendy was a teacher at Ed­wards Mid­dle School in Cony­ers from 2006-2011 as a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher and ath­letic di­rec­tor, ac­cord­ing to Cindy Ball, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion for Rock­dale County schools. She said she did not know why he left his po­si­tion there.

Courtesy of the Tax As­ses­sor’s web­site

This 2,231 square foot home is where two dead bod­ies were found Mon­day morn­ing.


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