Husband of Debbie Collier breaks silence after mysterious murder

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The husband of murdered Georgia realtor Debbie Collier broke his silence on Friday — nearly two weeks after his naked charred body was found in a ravine about 60 miles from the couple’s home.

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“She was a beautiful woman and I loved her,” Steve Collier, 67, told the daily mail From his Athens home.

“Two weeks have been a long time and I am very tired,” he reportedly said, fighting back tears. “My wife was a wonderful person.”


The widower later spoke to The Post at his home and said investigators had not shared with him many of the details that have been made public.

“Police found my wife’s body in Habersham County, near Clarksville, Georgia. They said it was not a suicide and it was not a kidnapping,” he said. “They said it was murder. If he has more information, he hasn’t shared it with me yet.”

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Police did not name any suspects or motives in the murder, and were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of Collier’s death.

Police said Debbie, 59, was found dead on September 11 near Tallulah Falls.

Steve Collier said detectives didn’t tell him much about their investigation.
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A photo of Collier's Athens home.
Collier broke his silence at the Athens, Georgia home he shared with his late wife.
A photo of a secluded crime scene.
Police said Debbie Collier’s body was found naked and partially burned at the bottom of a steep embankment 60 miles from her home.

Her daughter Amanda Bearden, 36, told police that her mother gave her a $2,385 Venmo with the message “They won’t let me go, love you” on September 10.

A neighbor told The Post that she heard an “uproar” at the Collier residence on the evening of September 9, and had often heard screams coming from the house.

“Someone comes to visit on the weekend” [and] In the evening, there is more loud screaming and fighting,” said the neighbour, the visitor being a younger woman.

Steven Collier told police that he encountered his wife at 9 p.m. the night before his disappearance and did not see her leave the next morning because they slept in separate beds because of her snoring.

He said his rental vehicle – which was found near his body – was still on the way when he went to work the next morning.

Bearden and her boyfriend, both with a history of house arrest, said Thursday they were questioned by detectives who also confiscated their phones.

A photo of Debbie Collier
Collier was working as a realtor in Athens at the time of his assassination.
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Screenshot of the message Debbie Collier sent to her daughter
Police said Debbie Collier sent a secret message to her daughter Amanda Bearden with a large sum of money from her husband’s Venmo account the day before she was found dead.
Amanda Bearden, 36
Police questioned Berden, but no suspects were named or arrested.
Facebook/Amanda Bearden

“The [police have] We all inquired. The people who . are closest to [Collier] Are seen as suspects right now,” Andrew Tyler Gigerich told The Post.

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