Still into the further investigation of ‘Debbie Collier Death Update: Traffic Cam Captures Murdered Georgian Mom’s Van Traveling into North Georgia Before Her Death’ A photograph released by investigators looking into the mysterious death of Georgia mom Debbie Collier shows her rented van traveling in North Georgia on her way toward the Family Dollar store where she was next seen on surveillance video.
Debbie Collier Death Update: Traffic Cam Captures Murdered Georgian Mom’s Van Traveling into North Georgia Before Her Death
The still image showing Collier’s Chrysler Pacifica was captured by a traffic camera at Tallulah Falls School, on Georgia Route 15 (also US 441 and US 23), at 2:17 p.m. on Saturday, Habersham County Sheriff’s Investigator George Cason said. The spot is just north of where Collier’s body was found, naked and down a ravine, on Sunday afternoon.
Cason said that Tallulah Falls Police have been searching unsuccessfully to see if the cameras captured Collier traveling back south. The area is heavily trafficked, he noted, particularly on a weekend afternoon in October.
The photo is another mark in the growing timeline detectives are creating for Collier’s movements between Saturday morning, September 10, and the following day, when her body was found just off the same highway where the photo was taken.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Collier’s husband said he last saw her when he went to bed Friday night at the couple’s home in Athens — they sleep separately, he said, because he snores — and her rental van was still in the driveway when he left the next morning to work parking cars for a University of Georgia football game.
Steve Collier, and her daughter, Amanda Bearden — who had just returned to Georgia from Maryland two days earlier — reported her missing at about 6 p.m. on September 10. Bearden told police that about three hours earlier, her mother had sent her more than $2,300 via Venmo with a note that indicated she was being held against her will.
That Venmo was sent to Bearden at 3:17 — exactly an hour after Collier’s vehicle was spotted in Tallulah Falls, 60 miles from Athens, on the main route into the popular tourist destinations in northeast Georgia.
At 2:54 pm, Collier entered the Family Dollar shop in Clayton, which is around a 15-minute drive from the school’s traffic cameras. She purchased a number of items there, including a lighter and tarp that were discovered alongside her body. She walked out of the shop at 3:09, waited in the van for ten minutes, until 3:19, and then sped out of the parking lot and down the road.
According to Cason, police are still scouring the homes and businesses along Collier’s route in search of further security footage that might provide more information about what happened to her. In order to piece together the timeline of Collier’s travels as well as those of any probable suspects, they are also awaiting the outcomes of various search warrants, including those requesting phone records of interest.