Debbie Collier murder: Daughter’s boyfriend jailed for violating probation last week

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EXCLUSIVE: Georgia authorities served a search warrant at the home murdered office manager Debbie Collier’s daughter, who she shares with a boyfriend who has a history of domestic violence charges, days after finding Collier’s body down an embankment along a rural highway, documents show.

Collier’s husband, Steven Collier, and daughter, 36-year-old Amanda Bearden, reported her mother missing on Sept. 10 after police said she sent her daughter a $2,385 payment over the Venmo app with a cryptic message that reads, “They won’t let me go 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 jailed for six days last week on a probation violation and ordered to show proof of substance abuse treatment within 20 days, court records show. He has since been released and was seen at home after he got out on Thursday.

Giegerich was arrested in June on an active warrant after police responded to Bearden’s home for a domestic violence call. Three months later, police arrested him again for violating a protection order, banging on her door and disorderly conduct.

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Records on the Clarke County court website show Giegerich pleaded guilty to driving under the influence this year alone and was sent to jail for six days last week. He has active pending cases and pleaded guilty in January to six counts in connection with the June 2021 attack on Bearden, for which he was placed on probation.

Georgia authorities served a search warrant on the home of slain office manager Debbie Collier's daughter, who she shares with a boyfriend who has a history of domestic violence allegations, days after Collier's body was found down an embankment along a highway in the country, documents show.

Georgia authorities served a search warrant on the home of slain office manager Debbie Collier’s daughter, who she shares with a boyfriend who has a history of domestic violence allegations, days after Collier’s body was found down an embankment along a highway in the country, documents show.
(Mark Sims for Fox News Digital, Input: Debbie Collier/Facebook)

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

Debbie Collier's daughter and husband reported her missing after she sent a cryptic message along with ,385 via Venmo.

Debbie Collier’s daughter and husband reported her missing after she sent a cryptic message along with $2,385 via Venmo.
(Debbie Collier/Facebook)

Bearden has a long history of incidents in Georgia, dating back more than a decade, has been accused of making false allegations to police and being both the victim and alleged aggressor in domestic violence. The cases involve a number of different men, stretching back to at least 2008.

In May, she was charged with filing a false report of a felony in connection with an incident involving Giegerich, who was charged and later pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, battery and property damage, court records show.

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The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation, has not publicly named any persons of interest or suspects in the case. The department’s public information officer did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

That The New York Post writes earlier this week, the night before Collier disappeared, a neighbor heard yelling and screaming coming from her home.

Amanda Bearden in an undated photo

Amanda Bearden in an undated photo
(Amanda Bearden/Facebook)

The neighbor told the newspaper that the “disturbance” involved a younger woman and that “someone is coming to visit this weekend [and] in the evening and there is loud screaming and fighting.”

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

The Athens, Georgia home where slain Debbie Collier's daughter Amanda Bearden lives with boyfriend Andrew Giegerich.

The Athens, Georgia home where slain Debbie Collier’s daughter Amanda Bearden lives with boyfriend Andrew Giegerich.
(Mark Sims for Fox News Digital)

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

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

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