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The son of Georgia Real Estate Office Director Debbie Collier is speaking out for the first time after his mother’s shock death earlier this month as investigators race to find a suspect.
Jeffrey Bearden, Collier’s son, told Fox News Digital on Saturday that his mother was the kindest and biggest influence on his life and asked for ‘respect and privacy’ as his family deals with the news. traumatic from his murder.
“[I] I am writing to ask for respect and privacy during the darkest and most distressing time for my family,” Bearden wrote. “I have been incredibly hurt and disturbed by some of the reports and information shared regarding the investigation into my mother’s death.”
Habersham County deputies found Collier’s body on an embankment on September 11, a day after her husband, Steven Collier, and daughter, Amanda Bearden, reported her missing in neighboring Clarke County. Saturday evening, there had been no arrests in this case.
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A crime scene report contains gruesome details about his final moments. Investigators found her naked and burned, with ‘chars’ on her abdomen, clinging to a tree on an embankment a quarter of a mile from her abandoned vehicle, a day after police said she had sent her 36-year-old daughter a payment of $2,385 using the Venmo app and a bizarre message suggesting she was being held against her will. Investigators, however, publicly ruled out the abduction and suicide last week.
“I ask that all attention to the tragic story of my mother’s death remain focused on assisting the police investigation,” Jeffrey Bearden said Saturday.
He asked for privacy and an end to online speculation until police complete their investigation.
“There is no place for the court of public opinion in the pursuit of justice for my mother, and this speculation continues to be traumatic and hurtful to my family during the most difficult time we have ever known. “, did he declare.
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His mother, he says, was an incredible woman.
“I will never be able to fully express the loss of my mother and what she meant to me,” Bearden said Saturday. “She has been my longest source of love, support and encouragement. My mother was a very, dynamic and strong soul. She was a person who valued kindness, empathy and understanding throughout her life. She went through life recognizing the beauty and grace in everything she saw and experienced around her.”
Collier worked as a real estate office manager with Carriage House Realty in his hometown of Athens, Georgia. Reached by text message, a colleague took the questions to the office main line, where calls went unanswered on Saturday.
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“Daily life was filled with joy and beauty,” Bearden said. “She spent her time having fun and making art. She enjoyed listening, dancing and singing along to her favorite music. My mother consumed herself during the holidays, as her focus remained on family and value to be together around a home-cooked meal.”
Collier was generous throughout the holidays, he added, and each year “he showered his family with gifts and thoughtful gestures.”
“My mother has persisted in her love throughout my life, and I will persist until she receives the justice she deserves,” Bearden continued. “Our lives have been irrevocably changed. Our grief is there and our pain is deep. Again, this is why I ask you to please respect our privacy as we learn to cope and adjust to our loss. .”
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Police served multiple search warrants in the case, but did not publicly identify any suspects or persons of interest. Anyone with information about Collier’s case is asked to contact Habersham Sheriff’s Investigators Cale Garrison or George Cason at 706-839-0559 or 706-839-0560, respectively.