Mum's haunting message to daughter before mysterious death

·News Reporter
·2-min read

The haunting final words of a mother found dead in a ravine in the US have been revealed as investigations into her murder continue.

Debbie Collier’s naked body was discovered about 100 kilometres away from her Georgia home on September 11.

According to the police incident report there were severe burn marks on the 59-year-old’s body.

The grim discovery came a day after Ms Collier suddenly sent her daughter $3,500 through the Venmo payment app along with a chilling message.

“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,” she wrote to Amanda Bearden, 36.

Debbie Collier's daughter says her mum sent her $3,500 and a chilling message a day before her body was found. Source: Facebook
Debbie Collier's daughter says her mum sent her $3,500 and a chilling message a day before her body was found. Source: Facebook

A tragic search for a missing mum

Ms Collier, who lived with her husband of nine years and daughter, left their Athens home on September 9 in a rented SUV because her car was in the shop, according to the New York Post.

It’s believed she only had her driver’s licence and a debit card with her at the time.

Police managed to track the rented vehicle’s satellite radio signal to highway U441 near Victory Home Lane where officers discovered the unlocked car parked in a turnout near a defunct logging road.

Tragically a dog search team located the mother’s body nearby, about nine metres from the road.

Debby's hire car was located off the highway in Athens, Georgie while her body was found just nine metres away. Source: Alive 11
Debby's hire car was located off the highway in Athens, Georgie while her body was found just nine metres away. Source: Alive 11

According to the incident report, they found “a nude female laying on her back, grasping a small tree with her right hand” with “charring to her abdomen".

The remains of a burned tarp were also uncovered nearby as well as a red tote bag.

A family torn apart

Ms Collier’s daughter told investigators that her mother didn’t have any mental health issues or “suicidal tendencies".

According to the report, she also stated that her mum had a bad back and wouldn’t have gone into the wooded area voluntarily.

Debbie, who worked for a real estate agency, had been married to Steve Collier for nine years before she disappeared. Source: Facebook
Debbie, who worked for a real estate agency, had been married to Steve Collier for nine years before she disappeared. Source: Facebook

Ms Bearden added that it was “unusual” for the 59-year-old to set off on a long trip without notifying her family.

While investigators are yet to release an official cause of death, Ms Collier’s death is being treated as a homicide with her missing person’s report suggesting it may have been the result of a kidnapping, according to local TV station 11 Alive.

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