Collier's body was discovered on September 11 in a ravine in a forested region of Habersham County, undressed and partially burnt.
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Debbie Collier, a 59-year-old mother, was reported missing by her family on September 10, 2022. Collier was last spotted leaving her Athens home on September 9 in a leased black Chrysler Pacifica with only her driving license and debit card. Her daughter made many attempts to reach her, but all of her calls were sent to voicemail. Collier's body was then discovered on September 11 in a ravine in a forested region of Habersham County, undressed and partially burnt. When her corpse was discovered near the base of an embankment, the police report said that she was still "grasping a small tree with her right hand." Her abdomen looked to have been charred, and her remains were "apparently burnt." In the area, they also discovered a half-burned tarp and the remains of a fire.
A neighbor informed New York Post that there was "commotion at the house" and a stranger, a young woman, was at their house the night before Collier went missing. “Somebody comes up to visit on the weekends [and] in the evenings, and there’s loud screaming and fighting,” the neighbor said.
The Habersham County Sheriff's Office, however, said in a statement on September 21 that they had not discovered any "evidence to imply or support that this occurrence was tied to a kidnapping or that this was a suicide," according to CBS 46. As of right now, they have classified the death as a homicide.
Before she was discovered dead, the Georgia woman's daughter, Amanda Bearden, said that her mother sent her roughly $2,385 via Venmo along with a very disturbing, cryptic text message. The note said, "They are not going to let me leave, love you, the key to the home is in the blue flower pot by the door." Even the victim's family has not been given a lot of information about the case by the investigators. “They haven’t really told us nothing,” Bearden's boyfriend told the outlet. “They’ve interrogated all of us. The people who are closest to her are kind of looked at as suspects right now,” he shared, adding that the family's phones have been confiscated. "It’s weird,” he said. “I feel like the Sheriff’s Department may have some leads but they won’t tell us anything.”
"Somebody took my whole world from me."— Zac Summers (@ZacOnTV) September 21, 2022
Ten days after authorities found Debbie Collier's clothless body & car in Habersham County, they continue to look for her killer. Tonight at 6pm, her daughter speaks to me about the disturbing message she received from her mom. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/oG84uQUSay
Bearden told authorities that her mother "did not have any history of mental health concerns and denied any suicide intentions," according to Daily Beast. She claimed that Collier had a poor back and couldn't have gone very far in the incident report. According to the Habersham County Sheriff's Office, there is currently no evidence to imply or substantiate that this event was connected to an abduction, as they announced in a statement on September 21.
Bearden emphasizes that she wants justice for her mother. “My mom was my everything. Somebody took my whole world from me,” she said. “She was a beautiful, kind, giving woman — and she didn’t deserve any of this…I want justice for my mom.”
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