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Lacking mother’s physique discovered burned

HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. — Deputies say the burned and bare stays of an Athens lady have been present in Habersham County after she reportedly despatched 1000’s in money to her daughter and informed her that “they received’t let me go.”

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Channel 2′s Audrey Washington was in Habersham County the place Deborah Todd Collier’s physique was discovered and a small memorial was rising on Wednesday.

Deputies mentioned that Deborah Todd Collier, 59, vanished from her Athens house on Sept. 10. Her husband, Steven Collier, informed police he’d final seen his spouse round 9 p.m. the evening earlier than when she went to mattress. He mentioned her automotive was nonetheless within the driveway when he left for work, so he assumed she was at house. The couple sleeps individually due to Steven Collier’s loud night breathing, based on the police report.

The couple’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, informed police that round three p.m. on the 10th, her mom despatched her $2,385 by way of Venmo and the next message:

“They don’t seem to be going to let me go love you there’s a key in the home within the blue flower pot by the door (SIC).”

Bearden mentioned she tried calling her mom, however she didn’t reply. Bearden mentioned her mom solely took her debit card and driver’s license together with her and left in a black Chrysler van that she had rented after wrecking her personal automotive.


On Sept. 11, police tracked Collier’s automotive to Habersham County utilizing her SiriusXM service.

Deputies discovered Collier’s automotive, a Chrysler Pacifica, pulled over on the aspect of a wooded space alongside GA 15 close to Tallulah Falls with nobody inside. The van was greater than 60 miles from Collier’s house.

Bearden arrived on the scene after SiriusXM notified her that the automotive had been discovered and informed deputies her mom had a nasty again and couldn’t stroll far.

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A K9 unit was dispatched to the scene and searched the world. Deputies discovered what seemed just like the stays of a fireplace within the woods. Shortly thereafter, they discovered Collier’s physique bare and burned. {A partially} burned blue tarp and a purple tote bag have been discovered close by.

Deputies are nonetheless working to find out the circumstances surrounding Collier’s dying. Thus far, they haven’t recognized any suspects.

Investigators are treating the dying as a murder. The state health worker’s workplace is performing an post-mortem.

Neighbors within the space the place Collier’s physique was discovered mentioned her dying has put them on edge.

“I’m simply gonna begin taking a look at folks right here completely different,” Alan Roberts mentioned. “Even within the foothills of the mountains, it’s not as protected as we all the time thought it was.”

Anybody with info is requested to contact the Habersham County Sheriff’s Workplace.

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