Debbie Collier

Debbie Collier: Missing Georgia Mom Found Burned & Killed Was Spotted at Store Buying Tarp, Lighter Before Her Death

Debbie Collier, an Athens, Georgia, mother found killed, burned, and stripped earlier this month, was reportedly spotted at a store near the crime scene, a day before police found her body.

According to Fox News Digital, Debbie Collier was spotted on September 10 at the Family Dollar store in Habersham County, a short distance away from where Habersham County police found her remains the following day, on September 11.

Police say she was seen on security footage in the store buying, in part, a lighter, a tarp, and a bag. All three items were located at the crime scene.


A spokesperson for the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said in a press statement on Monday that investigators are currently reviewing additional footage from the store’s security camera, for the entire day of September 10.

“Investigators did obtain footage that shows the victim, Deborrah Collier, entering the store on September 10th at 2:55 p.m. and remaining there until 3:09 p.m. In the video, the victim appears to be calm and not in fear of anything. All video footage obtained from the store and surrounding businesses reflect that the victim was alone in the van at the time she visited the store.

“Investigators were further able to determine that the victim purchased a rain poncho, refillable torch lighter, a 2-roll pack of paper towels, a 7.5×9.5 OBD Tarp, and a reusable tote bag. This was confirmed by obtaining a copy of the store receipt and a copy of the video footage from the store security cameras.”

“This information allows investigators to narrow the time of death to a window beginning at 3:09 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 to the discovery of the body on Sunday, September 11 at 12:44 p.m.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 59-year-old Collier was found dead on September 10 after she allegedly sent her daughter, Amanda Bearden, $2,385 using Venmo. Collier reportedly 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.”

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.

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Police scoured the vicinity of the vehicle and found her body and a burned blue tarp 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.

At this time, there is no evidence to suggest or support that this incident was related to a kidnapping,” the Habersham County police said in a statement, according to People.

So far, no arrests have been made and no one has been named a suspect in the killing.

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