New evidence emerges of ‘premeditated and personal’ death of Georgia mother, who was cremated after sending cryptic text to daughter

On Friday, Georgia investigators released new video evidence related to the mysterious death of Debbie Collier earlier this month. Police said her death was “premeditated and personal” but do not believe she was kidnapped.

On Friday morning, investigators held their first press conference on the Habersham County case.

Collier disappeared on September 10 and her cremated remains were discovered in a ravine the following day. Police also found a burned tarp and shopping bag near her body. Around the time of her disappearance, Collier texted her daughter over $2,000 on Venmo that read, “They won’t let me go.”

Later that day, Collier’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, reported her mother missing. Deputies confirmed Bearden received the text and the money from her mother on Venmo, but they couldn’t say where the money went.

Authorities released surveillance video showing Collier shopping alone at a Family Dollar store shortly before her murder. The footage captured the woman Purchasing “A rain poncho, a refillable lighter, a 2-roll pack of paper towels, a 7.5 x 9.5 OBD tarp and a reusable tote bag,” police said.

“In the video, [Collier] seems calm and not afraid of anything,” the sheriff’s office said Daily Beast. “All video footage taken from the store and surrounding stores reflects this [Collier] was alone in the van when she visited the store.”

Authorities confirmed security footage also caught Collier exiting the store and returning to her rental car in the parking lot. MPs said she stayed in her vehicle in the car park for a further 10 minutes before driving away at 3:19pm

Bearden reportedly received the text message and money from her mother at 3:17 p.m. At this time, MPs cannot confirm that Collier was the one who sent that message.

While the content of the text message alluded to a kidnapping situation, authorities said they were confident that was not the case.

“As far as this investigation is concerned, it seems like once we’re on track with something, a curveball comes out of nowhere,” said the case’s lead investigator.

“We do not believe this is an accidental act of violence. We do not believe this was the act of a serial killer,” officials said during the press conference. “We believe this act was premeditated and personal.”

MPs are currently awaiting the results of the autopsy before revealing Collier’s cause of death. Police also said they were waiting for multiple search warrants and subpoenas. No suspects have been announced at this time.

“Please understand that this case is very complex and contains many questions and unknowns that are not typical of a death investigation,” MPs said. “It will take significantly longer than the 19 days that have passed to solve this crime.” New evidence emerges of ‘premeditated and personal’ death of Georgia mother, who was cremated after sending cryptic text to daughter

Laura Coffey

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