Cops have discovered the charred body of a Georgia mom who sent her daughter a cryptic text on the day she went missing. The body of Debbie Collier, 59, was found naked, burnt and clinging to a tree in a steep ravine near a wooded area in Tallulah Falls on September 11. Officials noted that there were signs of burns on her body:
The report read that investigators had “observed a nude female laying on her back, grasping a small tree with her right hand.” It noted that a piece of burned, blue tarp had been found next to a red tote bag near the scene.
Collier had sent her daughter, Amanda Bearden a chilling text message before her body was discovered. “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,” wrote the mom. She also wired her daughter $2385. The texts suggest that Collier had been kidnapped and murdered, and police are reportedly treating the mom’s death as a homicide, not a suicide.
Frantic after receiving the message, Bearden, 36, tried to call her mom but there was no answer. She then reported her missing to the Athens Clarke County Police. As the SUV was fitted with a satellite tracking system, cops were able to trace her location around 60 miles from her home. They found Debbie’s body a short distance away from the vehicle, which was left on the highway.
“Further search resulted in locating the body of a female subject down an embankment close to where the bag and tarp were located,” said Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Col. Murray Kogod.
Debbie, who worked as a secretary for Carriage House Reality in Athens reportedly rented an SUV the day before she went missing and left home carrying only her credit card and driver’s license. Her own car had been in a crash and was being repaired.