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Divers search Polk County pond for murder weapon

ROME, Ga. (AP) - Divers combed a Polk County pond Friday after receiving a tip that a weapon used in the shooting death of an elderly woman had been discarded there, authorities said.

But no weapon was found in the pond, which is near state Highway 101, police said.

Vera Elizabeth ''Nib'' Hyde, 80, was found dead Dec. 2 in her Lindale, Ga. home after missing a church meeting. Authorities, who initially thought she died of a fall, opened a homicide investigation after her Dec. 5 autopsy showed she had been shot.

Police said they have served search warrants in both Floyd and Polk counties in connection with the investigation.

''People are saying that we have narrowed the scope down to an individual, but to say we are looking at one particular person is wrong,'' said Bill Shiflett, Floyd County police chief.