Police have launched a murder investigation after a missing mother from Georgia was found dead after sending a chilling message to her daughter and transferring her a sum of money.
59-year-old Deborah Collier, of Athens, Georgia, was found dead in a small ravine just one day after sending a disturbing message to her daughter. Mrs Collier sent her daughter, Amanda Bearden, an unexpected Venmo payment of $2,385 on September 10, accompanied by a message, saying: "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."
Mrs Collier's worried daughter attempted to call her mother after seeing the payment, but she never responded, resulting in Ms Bearden, 36, reporting her missing.
The missing mother was driving a rented SUV at the time of her disappearance, and authorities were able to track its location by using the vehicle's security system. Habersham County Sheriff's Office found the car on US Route 441 - approximately 60 miles north of her home in Athens.
The car was found near an old logging road off the side of the highway, it was unoccupied and unlocked.
Authorities arrived at the scene in Tallulah Falls and started to search the woodland around the highway. A K-9 search and rescue unit was dispatched and quickly found a small tote bag, a partially-burned tarp, and the remains of a fire.
According to an incident report, a police officer "observed a nude female laying on her back, grasping a small tree with her right hand."
Habersham County Sheriff's Office reported that Mrs Collier's body appeared to be partially burned, with "charring to her abdomen". The incident is being treated as a homicide.