A NEW possible clue found near Debbie Collier’s remains could offer insight into her last moments, according to a former detective.
“That’s an important piece of evidence, and that’s something [one or more suspects] could’ve dropped on the way out the door,” former Miami-Dade homicide detective Pat Diaz told the news outlet.
Diaz added that detectives would probably look into whether someone forced Collier downhill at gunpoint, but used something else to kill her, as no signs of bullet wounds were found on her body.
Investigators told Fox News the bullet could be unrelated, but it could also be a clue that leads them to whoever is responsible for Collier’s death.
Collier was last seen in a Georgia dollar store on September 10 – less than 24 hours before she was found dead in the woods.
The mom had 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.
Cops said that Collier 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.
THE CRIME SCENE
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.
Detectives found a red tote bag and partially-burned blue tarp as they combed the scene for clues.
They also discovered the remains of a fire.
The rental car was located 60 miles away from her home.
Cops have ruled Collier’s death to be a homicide but have not released all of the details, shrouding the case in mystery.
While Collier’s message to her daughter was concerning, investigators publicly ruled out kidnapping and suicide.