Debbie Collier’s daughter says she may have taken her own life

Debbie Collier's daughter says she may have taken her own life

The daughter of Debbie Collier — the Georgia woman presumed murdered after sending her a cryptic Venmo payment — said she now believes her mother may have committed suicide.

Amanda Beard broke her silence about the mysterious case last week during a special livestream on the “Crime on the Record” podcast, where she made the shocking remark.

Beard, 36, reported Collier missing on Sept. 10, saying she had sent her a Venmo payment of more than $2,300 with a chilling note.

“They are not going to let me go love you there is a key to the house in the blue flowerpot by the door,” she wrote.

Collier was found dead the next day, naked and in a wooded ravine in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, about 60 miles north of her Athens home, with charring on her abdomen and soot in her nose.

Amanda Beard on podcast
Amanda Beard broke her silence about the mysterious case last during a special livestream on the “Crime on the Record” podcast.
Amanda Bearden
“She was dealing with stuff that she didn’t want to burden me with,” Bearden said.

Authorities declared Collier’s death a homicide early in the investigation but seemed to backtrack a few weeks later with no explanation.  

On Wednesday, Beard appeared on YouTube for a podcast livestream, where she said her mom had begun “giving me all of her things” and “had taken the whole week off” work before she vanished, KMOV reported.

The daughter told listeners that “there were actions” Collier took that, looking back, seemed “weird” to her.

“She was dealing with stuff that she didn’t want to burden me with,” Bearden said.

Debbie Collier
Debbie Collier was found dead on Sept. 11.
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Bearden, who had moved back to Athens from Maryland with her boyfriend, Andrew Giegerich, two days before Collier’s disappearance, recalled being at the scene when investigators made the gruesome discovery.

“They were maybe in those woods 10 minutes and the police officer came back and he said, ‘Come here.’ And I knew…,” she said on the show, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

Bearden said her mother had been depressed. She also denied any involvement in her death – adding that she has provided investigators with a sample of her DNA.

The daughter said online speculation about the case has hurt her relationship with her family.

“All my family turned against me. So, I get it thinking, you know, ‘This girl’s crazy.’ … I pray that the trauma and the pain that I had to go through when the police do make [a] press conference, which they told me that they will, I hope you don’t do this to another family,” Bearden said.

She also responded to speculation that Collier may have staged a brutal crime to leave her life insurance to the family, saying her mom had no such insurance, the Independent reported.

 Her interview comes after Collier’s son Jeffrey Bearden said he was still desperate for answers.

Collier's Venmo payment
Collier send her daughter $2,385 using Venmo and added a cryptic message.

Jeffrey, who lives in Baltimore, said he wanted to know why his mom sent his sister “such a large amount” — $2,385 — with the cryptic note, but also said he doesn’t suspect she was involved in her death.

“I’m left still feeling this is a homicide, based on discussions I’ve had with law enforcement, but then again, with how long everything has gone on, some of the decisions that have been made and some of the lack of communication, it is hard to even know what could have happened,” he told CourtTV.

No arrests have been made, and the sheriff’s office has not listed any official suspects or revealed any breakthroughs in its investigation, which was being conducted jointly with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.

Collier's vehicle
Investigators near Collier’s vehicle in September.
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Collier’s brutal death sent shockwaves through her sleepy Athens neighborhood, where residents told The Post in September she and her husband, Steve, mostly kept to themselves.

On the day of Collier’s death, her husband Steve was seen on security camera parking cars at a local sports game.

Beard and Giegerich denied any involvement in her disappearance, saying the last time they had seen her was the day before.

The daughter has a history of arrests for fighting with her boyfriends and was once thrown in jail for faking a drug test.

Collier’s autopsy has yet to be released.

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