Debbie Collier, a 59-year-old Georgia woman, disappeared September 10 after leaving a shocking message for her daughter. Investigators found her remains the next day in a wooded area by her abandoned rental car.
Amanda Bearden, Collier’s daughter, told authorities her mother sent her $2,385 on Venmo, along with a message that — according to police report – read something like “You won’t let go of me, there’s a house key under a flowerpot”.
Bearden told police her mother said she brought only her driver’s license and debit card Now Habersham. Collier’s daughter said she made several unsuccessful phone calls to her mother that evening.
Habersham County law enforcement worked with SiriusXM to track Collier’s rental car. On September 11, police located the van that had veered off the freeway on an old logging road near a wooded area. The vehicle was locked and unoccupied, police said.
Bearden arrived at the scene and confirmed that the van was her mother’s rental vehicle. She told authorities her mother couldn’t be far from the vehicle because she had back problems.
A K-9 unit was brought to the scene to help locate Collier. During their search, police found a red tote bag and the remains of a fire. Officers also spotted a charred blue tarp as they looked further down the embankment.
MPs continued their search and reported finding the body of a naked woman. Police said she was found lying on her back, her hand holding a small tree. The woman appeared to have been burned around her abdomen and was “apparently deceased”. Officials identified the remains as the missing mother.
Authorities have not released the circumstances of Collier’s death, but the investigation is being treated as a homicide. No suspects have been identified at this time. The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine Collier’s cause of death.
“Actions have been taken in recent weeks to advance the investigation and gather evidence that could lead to a possible identification of the suspect,” the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/missing-georgia-moms-body-found-after-messaging-daughter-they-wont-let-me-go Missing Georgia mother’s body found after texting daughter: ‘You won’t let me go’