CrimeOnline’s Nancy Grace says the murder of Georgia mother Debbie Collier seems staged, as police continue to investigate the case which, so far, has no named suspects.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, on September 10, 59-year-old Debbie Collier sent her daughter, Amanda Bearden, $2,385 using Venmo and included a message that read, “They are not going to let me go love you there is a key to the house in the blue flower pot by the door.”
After receiving the message, Collier’s daughter tried to call her mom but could not get through, Now Habersham reports. Worried, the daughter contacted the police to report her mother missing.
Investigators determined that Collier left her house with only her driver’s license and a debit card. Last Sunday, police tracked a rental vehicle Collier was using to a wooded area 60 miles away from the family’s Athens home.
Police scoured the vicinity of the vehicle and found her body in a nearby ravine. She was naked, charred, and deceased, police said. Although the case is being treated as a homicide, it’s unclear how Collier died.
“Very alarming because it seems staged,” Grace told Fox News Digital. “You’re in the middle killed, ‘they’re not going to let me go and the key to the house is under the flower pot, love you.’ Why would you put that odd detail in the text?”
As investigators descended onto the scene, they were joined by multiple family members of Collier, including her husband. He told police that he last saw his wife at about 9 p.m. on Friday, September 9, as he was going to bed.
The husband went to work on Saturday morning and told investigators that his wife’s vehicle was still in the driveway at that time.
Bearden told CBS 46 that her mother was her “everything” and she couldn’t imagine who would have killed her.
“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.”
According to a Habersham County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Collier’s vehicle was found “unlocked and unoccupied” and parked on the side of Georgia Route 15 north in Clarkesville. A red bag with “what appeared to be the remains of a fire” was located near Collier’s body.
Police say Collier had been partially burned and stripped naked. She was found “grasping a small tree,” according to the incident report.
So far, no arrests have been made in the case.
Anyone with information on the case should contact Habersham Sheriff’s Investigators Cale Garrison at 706-839-0559 or George Cason at 706-839-0560.
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[Featured image: Debbie Collier/Facebook]