Murder of Debbie Collier: Daughter’s friend jailed last week for violation of probation

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EXCLUSIVE: Georgia authorities have issued a search warrant at the home of the murdered daughter of office manager Debbie Collier, who she shares with a friend who has a history of domestic violence, days after she found her body along an embankment along a rural highway, revealing documents.

Collier’s husband, Steven Collier, and daughter, 36-year-old Amanda Bearden, reported that her mother went missing on Sept. 10 after police said she sent her daughter a $2,385 payment through the Venmo app with a cryptic message. with the text: “They’re not I’m going to love you, there’s a key to the house in the blue flower pot by the door.” On September 14, investigators arrived at Bearden’s home with a search warrant.

Her boyfriend, Andrew Giegerich, was sentenced to six days in prison last week for violating his probation and ordered to show evidence of substance abuse treatment within 20 days, court records show. He has since been released and was seen at the house after he was released on Thursday.

He was arrested last June on an active arrest warrant after police visited Bearden’s home for a domestic violence call. Three months later, the police arrested him again for violating a protection order, knocking on her door and disorderly conduct.

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Data on the Clarke County Court website shows that only this year Giegerich pleaded guilty to drug-driving and last week he was sent to jail for six days. He has active cases pending and pleaded guilty in January to six charges in connection with the June 2021 attack on Bearden, for which he was given probation.

Georgia authorities have issued a search warrant at the home of the murdered daughter of office manager Debbie Collier, who she shares with a friend who has a history of domestic violence, days after she found her body along an embankment along a rural highway, revealing documents.
(Mark Sims for TNZT News Digital, insert: Debbie Collier/Facebook)

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During the visit to the couple’s home on Sept. 12, officers ran the names of three other individuals through the National Crime Information Center, according to police logs obtained by TNZT News Digital. It was one of several warrants issued in connection with the investigation, but authorities have disclosed few details and declined to release copies of the warrants, citing the active investigation.

Bearden has a long history of incidents in Georgia dating back more than a decade and has been accused of making false claims to police and as both the victim and alleged aggressor in calls for domestic violence. The cases involve a range of different men dating back to at least 2008.

Last May, she was charged with filing a false crime report in connection with an incident involving Giegerich, who was charged and later found guilty of criminal misdemeanors, battery and property damage, court records show.

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The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation, has not named anyone of interest or suspects in the case. The department’s spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

The New York Post reported earlier this week that the night before Collier went missing, a neighbor heard screams and screams coming from her house.

The neighbor told the newspaper that the “commotion” involved a younger woman and that “someone is coming to visit at the weekend” [and] at night, and there is loud shouting and fighting.”

After Athens-Clarke County Police received a missing person report for Collier on Sept. 10, neighboring police located Habersham’s rental car along Georgia Route 15 via Sirius XM satellite radio.

The house in Athens, Georgia, where Debbie Collier's murdered daughter, Amanda Bearden, lives with friend Andrew Giegerich.

The house in Athens, Georgia, where Debbie Collier’s murdered daughter, Amanda Bearden, lives with friend Andrew Giegerich.
(Mark Sims for TNZT News Digital)

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Local authorities searched the area with a K-9 and found Collier dead at the bottom of an embankment, stripped naked with “charring” on her stomach. They found her on her back, her right hand clutching a small tree.

Anyone with information about Collier’s case is requested to contact Habersham Sheriff’s Investigators Cale Garrison or George Cason at 706-839-0559 or 706-839-0560, respectively.

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