A NEW possible clue found near Debbie Collier’s remains could offer a glimpse into her final moments, according to a former detective.
An unfired bullet was found near where the naked and partially charred body of the 59-year-old mother was found in Georgia’s Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest earlier this month.
Detectives collected the evidence after Fox News Digital spotted it about 20 to 30 meters from the crime scene, Fox News reported.
“It’s important evidence, and it’s something [one or more suspects] could have fallen on the way out,” former Miami-Dade homicide detective Pat Diaz told the news outlet.
Diaz added that detectives would likely look into whether someone forced Collier downhill at gunpoint but killed her with something else, as no signs of gunshot wounds were found on her body.
Investigators told Fox News the bullet might have nothing to do with it, but it could also be a lead leading them to who is responsible for Collier’s death.
Collier was last seen at a Georgia Dollar store on September 10 – less than 24 hours before she was found dead in the woods.
The mother had left her home in Athens in a rental car with only her bank card and driver’s license.
She entered a Family Dollar store in Clayton at around 2:55 p.m. local time.
Surveillance footage, now released by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, shows Collier wearing a sun visor, red shirt and blue skirt.
She bought a reusable tote bag, a tarp, a refillable lighter, a poncho, and paper towels.
Cops said Collier stayed at the store until 3:09 p.m.
Police said she appeared “calm and fearless.”
Minutes later at 3:17 p.m., Collier allegedly transferred more than $2,000 through Venmo and texted her daughter, Amanda Bearden.
The lyrics warned, “They won’t let me go.”
It also contained a reference to a key that was under a flower pot.
THE CRIME SCENE
Police have managed to narrow the time of Collier’s death to between 3:09 p.m. on September 10 and 12:44 p.m. on September 11, when her body was found.
Her remains were found near a freeway in Clarkesville – about 60 miles from her home.
Collier was naked, her stomach was charred and she was holding on to a small tree in a ravine, police said.
Detectives found a red tote bag and a partially burned blue tarp when they combed the crime scene for clues.
They also discovered the remains of a fire.
The rental car was 60 miles from where she lived.
Cops have ruled that Collier’s death was a homicide but have not released full details, shrouding the case in mystery.
While Collier’s message to her daughter was concerning, investigators publicly ruled out kidnapping and suicide.
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