Household of murdered mother Debbie Collier appears like ‘suspects’

Relations of murdered Georgia mother Debbie Collier have had their telephones “confiscated” by police and really feel like they’re being “checked out as suspects,” her daughter’s boyfriend instructed The Submit Thursday.

Collier, 59, of Athens, was discovered bare and partially burned in a ravine on September 11, the day after her daughter, Amanda Bearden, stated she wired her $2,385 together with a chilling word.

“They don’t seem to be going to let me go, love you there’s a key to the home within the blue flower pot by the door.” the message learn.

Talking outdoors an Athens dwelling he shares with Bearden, the boyfriend stated the household has been given scant particulars by Habersham County Sheriff’s Workplace investigators.

“They have not actually instructed us something,” he stated, requesting that his identify not be used.

“They’ve interrogated all of us. The people who find themselves closest to her are type of checked out as suspects proper now.”

He stated cops have been in possession of Bearden’s cellphone, alongside together with his personal.

Relations of murdered Georgia mother Debbie Collier have had their telephones “confiscated” by police.


Police tape close to Collier’s homicide scene


A memorial arrange for Collier at her homicide scene.


The scene the place Collier’s physique might have been burned.


“It is bizarre,” he stated. “I really feel like [the Sheriff’s Department] might have some leads however they will not inform us something.”

Bearden’s beau stated the couple moved to Athens from Maryland simply two days earlier than Collier vanished in a rental automobile along with her driver’s license and debit card on September 10.

Her personal car was being repaired after an accident.

“We got here again Thursday,” he stated. “Her mom of her introduced us lunch Friday after which Saturday is when she went lacking.”

This was the day after her daughter, Amanda Bearden, said she wired her $2,385 along with a chilling note.
Collier was discovered bare and partially burned in a ravine on September 11.

Collier, a realtor, lived at her dwelling along with her husband, Steven Collier. He instructed cops he final encountered his spouse de ella at 9 pm the night time earlier than her disappearance de ella and did n’t see her go away the next morning as a result of they sleep in separate beds resulting from his loud night breathing de ella.

A neighbor instructed The Submit Wednesday that she heard a “commotion” coming from Collier’s dwelling the night time earlier than she vanished and the household steadily engaged in “screaming and combating.”

Collier’s killer apparently tried to burn her corpse about 100 yards off the facet of the freeway the place her automobile was present in rural Athens, roughly 60 miles from her dwelling.

A Submit reporter toured the crime scene Thursday, the place discarded items of yellow police tape and blue gloves fashioned a path to the bottom of an uprooted tree the place Collier’s physique was discovered.

Daughter Amanda Bearden, 36.
“They don’t seem to be going to let me go, love you there’s a key to the home within the blue flower pot by the door.” the message to daughter Amanda Bearden learn.
Fb/Amanda Bearden

Charred roots, burned paper towels and melted blue plastic from a tarp have been additionally nonetheless seen.

Police reported discovering the stays of a blaze close to Collier’s nude physique, and that she was discovered gripping the bottom of a small tree along with her proper hand.

Her stomach, they stated, confirmed indicators of charring.

Cops additionally discovered a crimson tote bag round Collier’s corpse.

Bearden, who grew to become hysterical as she watched her mom’s stays being carried up the ravine, instructed police that her mom had no historical past of psychological sickness or suicidal ideas.

She additionally instructed investigators that Collier had a foul again and couldn’t have wandered into the wooded space the place she was found.

In an interview with CBS 46 Bearden stated “my mother was my every part.”

“Anyone took my complete world from me,” she stated. “She was a good looking, type, giving girl — and she or he did not deserve any of this…I need justice for my mother.”

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Workplace has dominated the surprising demise a murder however have supplied few additional particulars so far.

An announcement from the Sheriff on September 21 stated: “Presently there isn’t any proof to recommend or assist that this incident was associated to a kidnapping or that this was a suicide.”

“We have now no clue what is going on on,” Bearden’s boyfriend stated Thursday. “We have just about simply been sitting at dwelling watching motion pictures.”

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