Monday 26 September 2022 11:32 PM Murdered Georgia mom Debbie Collier 'calmly' shopped less than 24 hours before ... trends now
Cops have released video footage of the last known sighting of murdered Georgia mom Debbie Collier – entering a Family Dollar Store less than 24 hours before her naked and burnt body was discovered in a wooded ravine.
The 59-year-old appeared ‘calm and not in fear of anything’ as she bought several items – some of them later found with her – in footage released by Habersham County Sheriff’s Office.
Collier, a real estate officer manager, is wearing a replica of Herschel Walker's shirt from his time at the University of Georgia, a blue skirt, what appear to be black boots with slight heels and a red sun visor as she walks into the store in Clayton, Georgia, at 2.55pm on September 10.
She is then seen at the cash register buying a rain poncho, refillable torch lighter, a 2-roll pack of paper towels, a 7.5 x 9.5 tarp, and a reusable tote bag.
Video from the Family Dollar store in Clayton, Georgia shows Debbie Collier shopping there around 3pm on September 10, the day she disappeared
She bought a rain poncho, refillable torch lighter, a 2-roll pack of paper towels, a 7.5 x 9.5 tarp, and a reusable tote bag
Habersham County Sheriff's office confirmed Collier's purchases by obtaining a receipt from the Family Dollar storein Clayton, Georgia
Collier leaves the store at 3.09pm. Investigators confirmed the purchases by getting a copy of the receipt, said the sheriff’s office.
Eight minutes after leaving the store, her daughter Amanda Bearden said she received a mysterious message along with nearly $2,400.
‘In the video, the victim appears to be calm and not in fear of anything,’ said the department. ‘All video footage obtained from the store and surrounding businesses reflect that the victim was alone in the van at the time she visited the store.’
Mention of the ‘van’ is a reference to the black Chrysler Pacifica the mom rented from Enterprise because her own truck was in a repair shop.
Debbie Collier, 59, was found naked and clutching a tree on September 11, the day after she went shopping
The minivan was discovered the next day at the entrance to a densely wooded area off Route 15 close to scenic Tallulah Falls – 60 miles north of where Collier lived in Athens, Georgia, with husband Steve, 67. Clayton is another 12 miles further north of Talulah Falls.
‘This information allows investigators to narrow the time of death to a window beginning at 3:09 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 to the discovery of the body on Sunday, September 11 at 12:44 p.m,’ said the sheriff’s department.
The baffling horrific death has additionally taken a new twist.
The sheriff’s office also revealed that Collier’s daughter Bearden, 36, was not at the store, as they had been told originally.
‘Over the weekend, investigators were given information that Amanda Bearden was at the Family Dollar Store in Clayton, Georgia on Saturday, September 10,’ it said.
‘An interview of the store clerk on duty on the 10th, in addition to a review of store camera footage, revealed that Ms. Bearden was not at the store on the 10th of September.’
Debbie’s 15 minute visit to the Family Dollar came just before she sent 36-year-old Amanda $2,385 via the Venmo financial app and an eerie message that created speculation of a kidnap. She was discovered, naked and dead, a day later.
The message read: ‘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 was a beautiful woman and I loved her,' distraught Steve Collier said about his wife 11 days after her charred, naked body was found in a ravine 60 miles from their Georgia home
Amanda Bearden, 36, leaves her home in Athens, Georgia, on Friday September 23. Police are yet to rule anyone out in the murder of her mother, Debbie Collier
Amanda's live-in boyfriend, former MMA fighter Andrew Giegerich. He has complained about them being 'interrogated' by police
Collier, 67, picked up his wife's black pick-up from a repair shop. She was driving a rental at the time of her murder
A close family friend told DailyMail.com: 'Steve loved Debbie with all his heart. I know that for a fact. I cannot imagine what he’s going through right now'