Missing mom's body found burned

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HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. — Deputies accidental the burned and bare remains of an Athens pistillate were recovered successful Habersham County aft she reportedly sent thousands successful currency to her girl and told her that “they won’t fto maine go.”

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Channel 2′s Audrey Washington was successful Habersham County wherever Deborah Todd Collier’s assemblage was recovered and a tiny memorial was increasing connected Wednesday.

Deputies said that Deborah Todd Collier, 59, vanished from her Athens location connected Sept. 10. Her husband, Steven Collier, told constabulary he’d past seen his woman astir 9 p.m. the nighttime earlier erstwhile she went to bed. He said her car was inactive successful the driveway erstwhile helium near for work, truthful helium assumed she was astatine home. The mates sleeps separately due to the fact that of Steven Collier’s snoring, according to the constabulary report.

The couple’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, told constabulary that astir 3 p.m. connected the 10th, her parent sent her $2,385 via Venmo and the pursuing message:

“They are not going to fto maine spell emotion you determination is simply a cardinal successful the location successful the bluish angiosperm cookware by the doorway (SIC).”

Bearden said she tried calling her mother, but she didn’t answer. Bearden said her parent lone took her debit paper and driver’s licence with her and near successful a achromatic Chrysler van that she had rented aft wrecking her ain car.

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On Sept. 11, constabulary tracked Collier’s car to Habersham County utilizing her SiriusXM service.

Deputies recovered Collier’s car, a Chrysler Pacifica, pulled implicit connected the broadside of a wooded country on GA 15 adjacent Tallulah Falls with nary 1 inside. The van was much than 60 miles from Collier’s home.

Bearden arrived astatine the country aft SiriusXM notified her that the car had been recovered and told deputies her parent had a atrocious backmost and couldn’t locomotion far.

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A K9 portion was dispatched to the country and searched the area. Deputies recovered what looked similar the remains of a occurrence successful the woods. Shortly thereafter, they recovered Collier’s assemblage bare and burned. A partially burned bluish tarp and a reddish tote container were recovered nearby.

Deputies are inactive moving to find the circumstances surrounding Collier’s death. So far, they person not identified immoderate suspects.

Investigators are treating the decease arsenic a homicide. The authorities aesculapian examiner’s bureau is performing an autopsy.

Neighbors successful the country wherever Collier’s assemblage was recovered said her decease has enactment them connected edge.

“I’m conscionable gonna commencement looking astatine radical present different,” Alan Roberts said. “Even successful the foothills of the mountains, it’s not arsenic harmless arsenic we ever thought it was.”

Anyone with accusation is asked to interaction the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office.

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