The Georgian government doesn’t believe it Debbie Collier was abducted before she was found dead in a ravine earlier this month – despite 59-year-old mother Venmo’s cryptic message to her daughter prior to her disappearance suggesting “they won’t let me go”. .”
“At this time, there is no evidence that this incident is related to kidnapping or that this is a suicide,” the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday night.
The revelation only raised more questions about what happened to Collier after she was reported missing by her husband, Steve, and daughter on September 10. The report came hours after Collier’s daughter , Amanda Bearden, received a Venmo payment of nearly $2,400 from her mother.
“They won’t let me love you because there’s a house key in a blue flower pot by the door,” the message on the Venmo checkout read.
Less than 24 hours later, authorities found Collier naked and badly burned in a ravine about an hour from his home in Athens.
The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office incident report, obtained by The Daily Beast, states that Collier was found “sitting on his back, right hand grasping a small tree.” Her remains were found near a burnt tarp, a red bag and a car she was using after the crash.
Details of Collier’s cause of death have yet to be resolved, although authorities are treating the case as a homicide. Collier’s family did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
While authorities have yet to reveal the motive behind the murder, a neighbor said The New York Post that Collier was involved in a “screaming and fighting” incident the night before she went missing.
The neighbor, who has not been identified, said: “There was an uproar at the house. Another neighbor said Collier and her husband did not mix with other residents on the street, including never attending cooking sessions on the property.
An Athens-Clarke County missing persons report says that investigators spoke to Steve Collier, Debbie’s husband of nine years, on September 10. He told police he had not He’s been seeing his wife since the evening of September 9 – the night of the alleged “riot” – when he went to bed around 9 p.m., he said, when he left for work in the morning, Collier’s rental SUV 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, Collier’s rental car was discovered pulled over near an old logging road. Her body was found just a few feet from a red tote tree near an uprooted tree. Next to the tree appeared to be “remnants of a fire,” the report added.
Bearden told police her mother “had no history of mental health problems and denied any suicidal tendencies,” the incident report read. “She also said that her mother had a bad back and couldn’t go very far.”