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Mystery deepens as Debbie Collier revealed ‘chilling clue’ with eerie similarity to Gabby Petito before her death English Headline


A MOM who was found dead in a ravine, charred and clutching a tree had shared a chilling domestic violence link to her Facebook page.

Debbie Collier, 59, was last seen in a Georgia dollar store on September 10 – less than 24 hours before she was found dead in the woods.

Debbie Collier was found dead in a ravine, charred and clutching a tree

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Debbie Collier was found dead in a ravine, charred and clutching a treeCredit: Facebook
Sleuths suggested Gabby Petito used a hand signal cry for help before her death

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Sleuths suggested Gabby Petito used a hand signal cry for help before her deathCredit: AP
The hand signal sees victim put their palm outwards, tuck their thumb in and close four fingers over it

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The hand signal sees victim put their palm outwards, tuck their thumb in and close four fingers over itCredit: FOX10 News

In November 2020 Debbie reshared a Facebook post about helping domestic violence survivors.

The post from 2015 saw two women pictured with a black dot on the palm of their hand.

It read: “The black dot on the hand lets professionals know you’re a really vulnerable domestic violence survivor, and that you need help but can’t ask because your abuser is watching your every move.

“In just 24 hours, the campaign has reached over 6,000 people worldwide, and has already helped 6 women. Please spread the campaign, and post a picture of your hand with the black dot, to show your support to all survivors of domestic violence.”

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The hand signal’s meaning is similar to the one sleuths suggested murdered Gabby Petito had used as a cry for help shortly before her death.

Gabby’s parents then urged people to learn that domestic violence gesture.

The Gabby Petito Foundation shared a story online about a woman, from Tennessee, who used the move to notify a cashier about her alleged kidnapping.

A post said: “This hand signal works!! We’ve heard a few rescue stories because of it.”

The woman put her palm outwards. She tucked her thumb in and closed her four fingers over it, prompting staff to call 911.

Sleuths claimed Petito used exactly the same gesture when she and boyfriend Brian Laundrie were being quizzed by cops in Moab, Utah in August 2021.

The traffic stop came just days before Gabby and Laundrie were last seen in Wyoming on August 27.

Gabby’s body was found on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park. Laundrie‘s remains were found a month later with a self inflicted gunshot wound.

He had confessed to killing his girlfriend in a journal recovered from the scene.

DEATH RIDDLE

Mystery still surrounds the death of Collier who vanished  without a trace from her Athens home on September 10 before being found dead a day later.

A new timeline has appeared to add more confusion surrounding her bizarre death.

The mom left her Athens home in a rental car, carrying only her bank card and driver’s license.

She entered a Family Dollar store in Clayton at around 2:55pm local time.

Surveillance footage, which has since been released by Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, shows Collier wearing a sun visor, a red shirt, and a blue skirt.

She bought a reusable tote bag, tarp, refillable torch lighter, poncho, and paper towels.

BLACK EYE PIC

Cops said that Collier – who shared a black eye picture to Facebook in 2020 – in remained in the store until 3:09pm.

Police revealed that she appeared to be “calm and not in fear of anything”.

Minutes later at 3:17pm, Collier supposedly wired more than $2,000 via Venmo and messaged her daughter Amanda Bearden.

The text warned: “They are not going to let me go.”

It also contained a reference to a key that was underneath a flower pot.

Crime scene profiler Jason Jensen told The U.S. Sun that while the message appeared as if it came from a kidnap victim, this may not be the case.

He said: “It sounds like it (the text) was nothing more than a pretext.

“Referencing the key was to make cops believe it was actually Debbie sending the text.”

TIME OF DEATH

Cops have managed to narrow the time of Collier’s death to a window between 3:09pm on September 10 and 12:44pm on September 11 when her body was found.

Her remains were found near a highway in Clarkesville – around 60 miles from her home.

Collier was naked, her stomach was charred and she was grasping a small tree down a ravine, police said.

The rental car was located 60 miles away from her home.

Her husband Steven said he last saw Collier on September 9 at around 9pm as he was going to bed.

He revealed that they slept in separate rooms due to his snoring.

He also told investigators that he saw her car the next morning as he went off to work.

The family told cops it was “unusual” for Collier to disappear without a trace.

‘COMMOTION’

Neighbors revealed that they heard a “commotion” from her home the night before she vanished.

One woman told the New York Post that there was “loud screaming” and “fighting” at the home.

But, one of her son Jeffrey’s high school friends described Collier as “the classic southern mother” in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Years before her death, Collier shared pictures of a black eye that she suffered after “face planting” on the sidewalk.

Cops have ruled Collier’s death to be a homicide but have not released all of the details, shrouding the case in mystery.

Officers revealed that the incident was drug-related although they did not confirm the substances used.

Private investigator Jensen doesn’t believe she was shot or stabbed to death.

He said: “There was nothing mentioned of a bloody scene in the police report.”

Jensen believes that it’s likely Collier was strangled.

Bearden told detectives that Collier wasn’t suicidal.

And, officers have concluded that there’s no evidence she was kidnapped.

Paul Belli, a former lieutenant of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, believes the investigation will be “fairly lengthy”.

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He said: “Investigators have to come up with a complete picture of their victim.”

Belli added that Collier seemed to be an “avid” user of Facebook so investigators will have to examine her digital footprint.

IDebbie reshared this Facebook post about helping domestic violence survivors

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IDebbie reshared this Facebook post about helping domestic violence survivorsCredit: Facebook/Boston Raq
Mystery still surrounds the death of Collier

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Mystery still surrounds the death of CollierCredit: Facebook





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