Debbie Collier’s husband breaks silence: ‘I loved her’
The murdered Georgia realtor’s husband Debbie Collier broke his silence on Friday – nearly two weeks after her naked burned 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 home in Athens.
“It’s 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 to The Post at his home and said investigators hadn’t given him many details beyond what was released.
“Police found my wife’s body in Habersham County, near Clarkesville, Georgia. They said it wasn’t suicide or kidnapping,” he said. “They said it was murder. If they have any other information, they haven’t shared it with me yet.”
Police have not named any suspects or motives in the murder and are awaiting autopsy results to determine Collier’s cause of death.
Debbie, 59, was found dead near Tallulah Falls on September 11, a day after leaving her home in a rented SUV because her vehicle was at the shop, police said.
Her daughter, Amanda Bearden, 36, told police that on Sept. 10, her mother wired her $2,385 along with the message, “They won’t let me go, I love you.”
A neighbor told the Post she heard “a commotion” at the Collier residence on the evening of September 9 and frequently heard screams from inside the house.
“Someone is coming to visit at the weekend [and] in the evening, and there is loud screaming and fighting,” said the neighbor, saying the visitor was a younger woman.
Steven Collier told police he last saw his wife at 9pm the night before she disappeared and did not see her leave the next morning because they slept in separate beds because of his snoring.
Her rental car – which was found near her body – was still in the driveway the next morning when he left for work, he said.
Bearden and her boyfriend, who both have a history of domestic arrests, said Thursday they were questioned by detectives, who also confiscated their phones.
“That [police have] interrogated us all. The people who are closest [Collier] are currently considered suspects,” Andrew Tyler Giegerich told The Post.