“They won’t let me love you, there’s a house key in a blue flower pot by the door.”
Such was the terrifying Venmo message Deborrah “Debbie” Collier sent to her daughter around 3:17 p.m. on September 10 — along with about $2,300 — before the 59-year-old left his Athens home, Georgia in a rented SUV and disappeared. Less than 24 hours later, authorities would discover her body, naked and badly burned, in a ravine about an hour away.
According to the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained Tuesday by The Daily Beast, investigators found Collier on September 11 “sitting on his back, grasping a small tree with his right hand.” .”
“Collier’s remains [were] The report added that the remains of a burnt tarp and a nearby red tote bag were burned.
The macabre details only raise more questions about an astonishing case that investigators are treating as a murder. So far, authorities have not identified any suspects or provided a cause of Collier’s death – but note that several search warrants and interviews have been made.
An Athens-Clarke County missing persons report, obtained by The Daily Beast, said Collier’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, reported her mother missing on the evening of September 10 after receiving the payment. from Venmo. (The Venmo payment reviewed by The Daily Beast shows that Collier used her husband’s account, which she apparently made in previous transactions. Colliers also shared a Facebook account, in there are some pictures of this couple.)
Bearden told police “the text scared her and made her worry about her mother, so she tried to call her but she didn’t pick up.”
“Amanda also reported that her mother was not carrying anything other than her driver’s license and debit card,” the report read. Bearden said Collier left the house in a rented black Chrysler Pacifica because her car was recently involved in an accident.
Police also spoke to Collier’s husband, Steven, on September 10. He told police that he had not seen his wife for nine years since the evening of September 9, when he went to bed around 9. evening hours. He said when he went to work in the morning, Collier’s rented car was still in the driveway.
“He made it clear that he and Deborrah slept in separate bedrooms due to his snoring,” the report read. “Both Amanda and Steven said it was unusual for Deborrah to do this. She hasn’t done anything like this before.”
At around 12:30 p.m. on September 11, a Sirius XM service representative contacted Habersham County, who said they received a notification that Collier’s vehicle was in their area. The agent said the vehicle “stopped or pulled over” about an hour from Collier’s home.
The incident report said that when officers arrived on the scene, they found the unlocked vehicle pulled out near an old logging road. The Collier was found just a few yards away near a red tote by an “uprooted tree”. Next to the tree appeared to be “remnants of a fire,” the report added.
Eventually, Bearden arrived at the scene “in a state of hysteria” and began “screaming that the car belonged to her mother.” The officer briefly asked Bearden about her mother’s mental state and she confirmed that her mother “did not have any history of mental health problems and denied any suicidal tendencies.”
“She also said that her mother had a bad back and could not walk very far,” the incident report read. Collier’s family did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Tuesday.