A Georgia girl whose mysterious dying was initially described by authorities as a “private and focused” killing was discovered to have died by suicide, officers stated Friday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation attributed the dying of Deborrah Collier, 59, to inhalation of “superheated gases,” thermal accidents and hydrocodone intoxication, based on a information launch from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Workplace.
A spokeswoman for the state legislation enforcement company stated it supplied the post-mortem outcomes to the sheriff’s workplace Thursday.
Collier was discovered partially burned and bare within the woods in north Georgia on Sept. 11. Authorities say they discovered her physique after discovering her van, which was linked to a lacking individuals report, on the facet of a state highway in Clarkesville.
The van was empty and unlocked, based on an incident report. A Okay-9 search in close by woods revealed what seemed to be the stays of a hearth and a partly burned blue tarp, the report says.
Close by, they discovered a unadorned girl on her again. Her stomach was burned and he or she was greedy a small tree along with her proper hand, the report says.
Collier’s final identified communication was a textual content message to her daughter saying: “They received’t let me go, there’s a key to the home beneath a flower pot,” based on an incident report.
Authorities beforehand stated there was no further proof to indicate that Collier had been kidnapped or slain by a serial killer. The sheriff’s workplace additionally stated it discovered no proof linking her dying to suicide.
“Right now, the investigation is main us to the proposition that Mrs. Collier’s dying was private and focused,” the sheriff’s workplace stated on Sept. 30.
In an e mail Friday, Habersham County Sheriff Chief Deputy Murray Kogod stated legislation enforcement companies usually deal with uncommon and sophisticated crime scenes as homicides.
“This was the consensus of the entire companies concerned within the preliminary and ongoing investigation into Mrs. Collier’s dying,” he stated. “The ‘private and focused’ remark relates extra to the rumors being unfold that this was the work of a serial killer or a stranger.”
He added that he and the sheriff have been happy with the “detailed and methodical” work carried out by investigators on the case.
“It’s our hope and prayer that this brings some closure to the household and permits them to start the therapeutic course of,” he stated.
Efforts to succeed in Collier’s daughter have been unsuccessful.
In Friday’s information launch, the sheriff’s workplace stated it had remained “vigilant in searching for out and following up on each potential lead concerning Deborrah Collier’s actions on the weekend of her dying.”
“An in depth examination of all gathered info has enabled investigators to find out, primarily based on factual proof and knowledge, that Mrs. Collier’s dying was self-inflicted,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.
The sheriff’s workplace additionally famous the findings of the state medical expert’s workplace. Investigators interviewed greater than 20 relations and witnesses, and served 26 search warrants to acquire cellular phone knowledge, financial institution information and digital communications, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Should you or somebody you already know is in disaster, name 988 to succeed in the Suicide and Disaster Lifeline. You too can name the community, beforehand often known as the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, textual content HOME to 741741 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/assets for added assets.
Phil Helsel contributed.