Debbie Collier, 59, went missing on Sept. 10, and after a daylong search, investigators discovered her body by a highway nearly 60 miles from her home.
Details of the incident, which authorities are investigating as a homicide, continue to be released, including a report that Collier’s body was naked and partially burned when found by police.
The police report also states that Collier appeared to be “grasping a small tree.”
Police were able to locate the body by collaborating with SiriusXM to track Collier’s rental vehicle. Police had been alerted earlier in the day by Collier’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, that she had gone missing.
In her missing person’s report, Collier’s daughter told authorities that she had received an unexpected Venmo transfer of $2,385 on Sept. 10, followed by a text message from her mother’s cell phone number around 3:17 p.m. that read, “They are not going to let me go love you there is a key to the house in the blue flower pot by the door.”
Police say they found a red tote bag and a blue tarp with burn marks near the body. There also appeared to be the remains of a fire nearby.
In gruesome detail, the report stated that Collier’s remains were “apparently burned with what appeared to be charring to her abdomen.”
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According to the police report, Bearden told authorities “that her mother did not have any history of any mental health issues, and denied suicidal tendencies.”
Authorities have yet to announce details concerning possible suspects or a motive, but they did indicate that they are actively interviewing individuals and conducting searches.
Collier’s husband, Steven, told police he last saw his wife on the evening of Sept. 9 when he went to sleep. He explained that they sleep in separate beds, and he left for work the next morning without seeing her.