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Georgia Mom Found Naked, Burned After Sending Chilling Message to Daughter




Photo illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Facebook/Venmo

Photo illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Facebook/Venmo

“They won’t let me go I love you, there’s a key to the house in the blue flower vase by the door.”

That was the dreaded Venmo message Deborah “Debbie” Collier sent her daughter around 3:17 p.m. on September 10 — with nearly $2,300 — before the 59-year-old left her home in Athens, Georgia in a rented SUV. and disappear. Less than 24 hours later, authorities discovered her naked and severely burned body in a ravine about an hour away.

According to a Habersham County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained by The Daily Beast on Tuesday, investigators found Collier on 9/11 “lying on her back, holding a small tree with her right hand.”

Collier’s remains [were] Apparently burnt with what appears to be charred in her stomach,” the report added, noting that the remains of a burnt cloth and a red bag were nearby.

The shocking details have raised more questions about a gruesome case that investigators are treating as a murder. So far, authorities have yet to identify any suspects or provide the cause of Collier’s death – but note that a number of search warrants and interviews have been conducted.

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A report on missing persons in Athens-Clark County, obtained by The Daily Beast, says Collier’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, reported her mother’s disappearance on the evening of September 10 after receiving a Venmo payment. (The Venmo payment, reviewed by The Daily Beast, shows that Collier used her husband’s account, which she appeared to do in previous transactions. Colliers also appears to share a Facebook account, which included several photos of the pair.)

“The letter scared her and made her worried for her mother, so she tried to call her but she didn’t answer,” Bearden told police.

“Amanda also reported that her mother took nothing with her other than her driver’s license and debit card,” the report said. Bearden said Collier left the house in a rented black Chrysler Pacifica because her car had recently had an accident.


Police also spoke with Stephen, Collier’s husband, on September 10. He told police he had not seen his wife in nine years since the evening of September 9, when he went to bed around 9 p.m. In the morning, Collier’s rental car was still in the driveway.

The report stated that he “explained that he and Deborah slept in separate bedrooms due to his snoring”. Both Amanda and Stephen stated that this is unusual for Deborah to do this. You’ve never done anything like this before.”

At about 12:30 p.m. on September 11, the Habersham County Mission was contacted by a Sirius XM service representative who said they had received an alert that Collier’s vehicle was in their area. The actor said the car was either “parked or parked” about an hour from Collier’s home.

The accident report states that when officers arrived, they found the unlocked car cut down near an old logging road. Collier was found yards near a red bag by a “tree uprooted.” The report added that near the tree appeared “remnants of a fire”.

Eventually, Bearden arrived at the scene “in hysterics” and began “shouting that the car belonged to her mother.” The officer briefly asked Bearden about her mother’s mental state and she insisted her mother “has no history of mental health problems and has denied any suicidal tendencies”.

“She also stated that her mother had a bad back, and could not walk far,” the accident report read. The Colliers’ family did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Tuesday.

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