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Debbie Collier’s husband breaks silence: ‘I loved her’ English Headline


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

“She was a beautiful woman and I loved her,” Steve Collier, 67, told The Daily Mail from his Athens home.

“It has been a long two weeks and I’m very tired,” he reportedly said, while fighting back tears. “My wife was a wonderful person.”

The widower later spoke with The Post at his home and said investigators haven’t shared many details with him beyond what’s been made public.

Steve Collier seen speaking to The Post.
Steve Collier said detectives have not told him much about their investigation.
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A photo of the Collier's Athens home.
Collier broke his silence at the Athens, Georgia home he shared with his late wife.
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A photo of the secluded crime scene.
Debbie Collier’s body was found naked and partially burned at the bottom of steep embankment 60 miles from her home, police said.
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A photo of Debbie Collier
Collier was working as a realtor in Athens at the time of her murder.
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“Police found my wife’s body in Habersham County, near Clarkesville Georgia. They said it wasn’t suicide and it wasn’t a kidnapping,” he said. “They said it was murder. If they have any more information, they haven’t shared it with me yet.”

Police have not named any suspects or motives in the murder case, and were waiting for autopsy results to determine Collier’s cause of death.

Debbie, 59, was found dead near Tallulah Falls on Sept. 11, a day after leaving her home in a SUV that was rented because her vehicle was in the shop, police said.

Her daughter Amanda Bearden, 36, told police that her mom had Venmoed her $2,385 along with the message “They are not going to let me go, love you” on Sept. 10.

A neighbor told The Post she heard “a commotion” at the Collier residence on the evening of Sept. 9, and had frequently heard screaming coming from the home.

A screenshot of the message Debbie Collier sent to her daughter
Debbie Collier sent her daughter Amanda Bearden a large sum of money from her husband’s Venmo account accompanied by a cryptic message the day before she was found dead, police said.
Amanda Bearden, 36
Bearden was interrogated by police, but no suspects had been named or arrested.
Facebook/Amanda Bearden

“Somebody comes up to visit on the weekends [and] in the evenings, and there’s loud screaming and fighting,” the neighbor said, saying the visitor was a younger woman.

Steven Collier told cops he last encountered his wife at 9 p.m. the night before her disappearance and didn’t see her leave the following morning because they sleep in separate beds due to his snoring.

Her rental vehicle — which was found near her body — was still in the driveway the next morning when he went to work, he said.

Bearden and her boyfriend, who both have a history of domestic arrests, said Thursday they had been interrogated by detectives who also confiscated their phones.

“The [police have] interrogated all of us. The people who are closest to [Collier] are kind of looked at as suspects right now,” Andrew Tyler Giegerich told The Post.



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