The husband of murdered Georgia realtor Debbie Collier broke his silence Friday — almost two weeks after her bare burnt physique was present in a ravine about 60 miles from the couple’s dwelling.
“She was an attractive lady and I liked her,” Steve Collier, 67, told The Day by day Mail from his Athens dwelling.
“It has been a protracted two weeks and I’m very drained,” he reportedly mentioned, whereas preventing again tears. “My spouse was an exquisite particular person.”
The widower later spoke with The Publish at his dwelling and mentioned investigators haven’t shared many particulars with him past what’s been made public.
“Police discovered my spouse’s physique in Habersham County, close to Clarkesville Georgia. They mentioned it wasn’t suicide and it wasn’t a kidnapping,” he mentioned. “They mentioned it was homicide. If they’ve any extra data, they haven’t shared it with me but.”
Police haven’t named any suspects or motives within the homicide case, and have been ready for post-mortem outcomes to find out Collier’s explanation for demise.
Debbie, 59, was discovered lifeless close to Tallulah Falls on Sept. 11, a day after leaving her dwelling in a SUV that was rented as a result of her automobile was within the store, police mentioned.
Her daughter Amanda Bearden, 36, instructed police that her mother had Venmoed her $2,385 together with the message “They don’t seem to be going to let me go, love you” on Sept. 10.
A neighbor instructed The Publish she heard “a commotion” on the Collier residence on the night of Sept. 9, and had often heard screaming coming from the house.
“Any individual comes as much as go to on the weekends [and] within the evenings, and there’s loud screaming and preventing,” the neighbor mentioned, saying the customer was a youthful lady.
Steven Collier instructed cops he final encountered his spouse at 9 p.m. the night time earlier than her disappearance and didn’t see her go away the next morning as a result of they sleep in separate beds on account of his loud night breathing.
Her rental automobile — which was discovered close to her physique — was nonetheless within the driveway the subsequent morning when he went to work, he mentioned.
Bearden and her boyfriend, who each have a historical past of home arrests, mentioned Thursday they’d been interrogated by detectives who additionally confiscated their telephones.
“The [police have] interrogated all of us. The people who find themselves closest to [Collier] are type of checked out as suspects proper now,” Andrew Tyler Giegerich instructed The Publish.