New footage has been released by police showing murdered Georgia mom Debbie Collier calmly shopping at a Family Dollar Store less than 24 hours before her naked and burnt body was discovered in a ravine on Sept. 11.
(Video Credit: 11Alive)
Collier, 59, was shopping for items that were found near her body. She did not seem distraught or fearful in the video released by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office.
The real estate office manager was seen wearing a red visor, a replica of Herschel Walker’s University of Georgia shirt, a blue skirt, and black boots. She shows up on footage in Clayton, Georgia at 2:55 pm on September 10 and was in the store for about 15 minutes.
When Collier checked out, she purchased a rain poncho, a refillable torch lighter, a 2-roll pack of paper towels, a 7.5 x 9.5 tarp, and a reusable tote bag. Police have ruled her death a murder so the purchase of the items is very strange.
She departed the store at 3 pm. Eight minutes after she left the store, her daughter Amanda Bearden received a cryptic message from her mom with nearly $2,400 via Venmo.
“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,” Debbie Collier texted.
Missing mom Debbie Collier found dead, cryptic text sent to daughter a clue on what may have happened https://t.co/kX7CDoMEb5
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“In the video, the victim appears to be calm and not in fear of anything,” the police said in a statement. “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.”
The van is the black Chrysler Pacifica that Collier rented from Enterprise because her truck was in a repair shop. It was found abandoned near the crime scene at the entrance to a densely wooded area off Route 15 close to scenic Tallulah Falls. That’s 60 miles north of where Collier lived in Athena, Georgia. Clayton is a further 12 miles north of Talulah Falls.
“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,” the sheriff’s department noted.
According to the sheriff’s office, Collier’s daughter Amanda Bearden was not at the store as they had originally believed.
“Over the weekend, investigators were given information that Amanda Bearden was at the Family Dollar Store in Clayton, Georgia on Saturday, September 10,” police said. “An interview of the store clerk on duty on the 10th, in addition to a review of store camera footage, revealed that Ms. Bearden was not at the store on the 10th of September.”
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Collier’s naked and burnt body was found a quarter of a mile away from her vehicle. She was found clutching a small tree with a blue tarp and red tote bag nearby. She was next to an area of burnt leaves and a few feet from an uprooted tree with blackened roots.
Neither Bearden nor her boyfriend, former MMA fighter Andrew Giegerich, are considered suspects at this time. Both have been arrested previously and have been involved in domestic violence disputes.
Kidnapping and suicide have both been ruled out but police believe the case is drug-related in some way according to the Daily Beast. Authorities are searching for her killer but the mystery continues to deepen.
She was found with the tarp. What was she doing with all the supplies she purchased?
— Sherrie Evans (@PixBySLE) September 27, 2022
Collier’s husband Steve fought back tears as he told the Daily Mail that Debbie was the “love of his life.” They were married for nine years, each with children from previous marriages.
“It has been a long two weeks and I’m very tired. My wife was a wonderful person,” he sadly remarked.
“Steve loved Debbie with all his heart. I know that for a fact,” a close friend told the Daily Mail. “I cannot imagine what he’s going through right now, with the terrible loss of his wife and having to be part of the murder investigation and all that entails. I have known them both for many years and they were a devoted couple.”
He added: “I know suspicion can fall on the family of murder victims, but I would bet my life Steve had nothing whatsoever to do with Debbie’s disappearance.”
Collier was reported missing on Sept. 10. Her husband had not seen her since 9 pm the previous night at their home. Neighbors claim they heard fighting and screaming coming from the house the night before she disappeared.
Her exact cause of death is unconfirmed.
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