The murdered Georgia mom found dead and naked in a ravine may have been involved in “screaming and fighting” at her home the night before she went missing, according to a neighbor.
Debbie Collier, 59, was discovered by authorities Sept. 11 with burn marks on her abdomen a day after her daughter and husband had reported her missing.
“There was commotion at the house,” a neighbor told The Post of the Saturday night before Debbie disappeared, noting she frequently heard shouting from Collier’s home atop a small, wooded hill.
The neighbor added: “Somebody comes up to visit on the weekends [and] in the evenings, and there’s loud screaming and fighting,” saying the visitor was a younger woman.
The victim’s husband, Steve Collier, told investigators he last saw his wife at 9 p.m. Saturday and her car was still in the driveway when he left for work the following morning.
He told investigators he slept separately from his wife because he snored and that he didn’t see her before she went missing, according to the Daily Mail. When approached by The Post, Steve declined to speak.
On Sept. 10, Collier wired her daughter, Amanda Bearden, $2,385 and included a chilling note that said: “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.”
Police have declared her death a homicide, and say they have executed search warrants and interviewed relevant people, but are staying tight-lipped on further details.
No suspects have been named in the case and the family have declined to speak publicly.
One friend of Collier’s declined to comment after answering the door of her home, but cryptically said: “There’s a reason we are keeping quiet.”
Another neighbor in Athens, Ricky, said Debbie and her husband were reclusive people who didn’t mingle with others on the street.
“When we would get together out here on the block for a cookout, they never participated,” he said, saying many locals didn’t even know their names. “They didn’t come to no get-togethers.”
“As far as I can tell they’ve lived here a good little while,” he said, noting he’s been on the same block for decades.
After Collier’s body was discovered, their quiet circular road on the edge of Athens was flooded with police cars, neighbors said, althought they also noted they haven’t been interviewed or contacted by the police.
“I don’t understand what’s taking so long,” Ricky said about the investigation, which is being conducted in part by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “They’re slow out here.”