Police: No evidence of kidnapping or suicide in death of Deborrah Collier

Posted at 10:49 AM, September 23, 2022 and last updated 4:49 PM, July 7, 2023

By Ivy Brown

HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. (Court TV) — An investigation is underway in northeast Georgia after the body of a missing mother was found burned in a small ravine.

On Sept. 11, authorities used a Sirius XM signal to track down a vehicle registered to 59-year-old Deborrah Collier. The vehicle was found in Habersham County, more than 50 miles from where she was reported missing in Athens.


According to the authorities, Collier’s last known communication was with her daughter on Sept. 10. She had transferred $2,385 via Venmo with a text message stating, “They won’t let me go. There is a key to the house underneath the flowerpot.”

Collier’s husband told authorities he last saw his wife around 9 p.m. the night before when she went to sleep, according to a missing person report. He said her vehicle was still at home when he left for work the next morning, and they slept separately because of his snoring.

Her daughter said it appeared Collier only took her driver’s license and debit card when she left the home.

Authorities found Collier’s vehicle near an old logging road. A K-9 unit located her body roughly a quarter-mile into the woods. An incident report states that at the scene, deputies found a red tote bag near an uprooted tree and “what appeared to be the remains of a fire.” Past the tree, deputies found a partially burned tarp and the burned remains of “a nude female laying on her back, grasping a small tree with her right hand.”

In a press release, authorities said there was no evidence to support Collier’s death was a suicide or related to a kidnapping.