A Venmo payment sent before Georgia mother Debbie Collier’s death is reportedly close to the amount her daughter’s boyfriend owed in fines, law enforcement sources reportedly said.
According to Fox News, two law enforcement sources confirmed that Andrew Giegerich owed probation fines that were “very close” to the amount that Collier purportedly sent to her daughter on September 10. Collier was found dead the following day, clutching a tree branch, stripped, and charred.
Giegerich is the boyfriend of Collier’s 36-year-old daughter, Amanda Bearden. The pair moved back to Georgia from Maryland a few days before Collier’s death.
Sources reportedly indicated that as of this week, Giegerich’s probation fees have not been paid off yet. Habersham police told Fox News Digital Friday that the funds from the Venmo payment had not been recovered.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bearden contacted police on September 10 after she reportedly received the Venmo payment from Collier for $2,385. A cryptic message was attached to the payment 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.”
Police said at around 3:15 p.m. on September 10, the Venmo payment was sent to Bearden.
Bearden, who reportedly waited several hours before contacting police, said Collier left everything at home aside from her ID and debit card before she vanished, which contradicts what’s seen on security footage at a Clayton Family Dollar store, the last known sighting of Collier.
Collier’s husband, Steven, said during a 911 call that Bearden told him she found her mother’s purse at home.
“Came home, my wife wasn’t home, her driver’s license still in there, the rental car is gone, and her daughter’s here,” Steven Collier, the first person to make the report, said on September 10 at 6 p.m. “We’re kind of worried about what’s happening and where she’s at. I was wondering if you could send somebody over here.
“According to her daughter, who went up and, uh, her purse is still here with her driver’s license, the only thing is the phone is gone — and she sent her daughter a text about 2 hours ago saying, ‘They won’t let me go.’ Whatever that means, we don’t know.”
“I thought she was out shopping for food. Her daughter came over with that strange message and then went upstairs to her bedroom and found out that her driver’s license and credit card still here. So that doesn’t sound like her leaving the house to go shopping, like I thought she was.”
According to a security video released Monday, Collier walked into the Family Dollar store on September 10 at around 2:55 p.m. She was seen carrying a large black purse and vehicle keys while wearing a UGA football jersey.
Police say she was seen on security footage buying, in part, a lighter, a tarp, and a bag.
On September 11, 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 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 previously said in a statement.
So far, no arrests have been made and no one has been named a suspect in the killing.
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