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EXCLUSIVE: Georgia authorities have executed a search warrant at the home of slain office manager Debbie Collier’s daughter, who she shares with a boyfriend who has a history of domestic violence charges, days after her body was found on a terrace next to a rural highway, documents show.
Collier’s husband, Steven Collier, and daughter, Amanda Bearden, 36, reported their mother missing on Sept. 10 after police said she sent her daughter a $2,385 payment through the Venmo app. with a cryptic message that read: “I am not. I’ll let myself love you, there’s a house key in the blue 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 for 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 spotted at home after stepping out on Thursday.
He was arrested last 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 protective order, knocking on a door and disorderly conduct.
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Records on the Clarke County court website show that just this year Giegerich pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and just last week was sent to jail for six days. He has active cases pending and in January pleaded guilty to six counts related to the June 2021 attack on Bearden, for which he was placed on probation.
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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 Reporting Center, according to police logs obtained by Fox News Digital. It was one of several warrants filed in connection with the investigation, but authorities have released 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 statements to police and calling both the victim and the alleged perpetrator in domestic violence cases. The cases involve a string of different men stretching back to at least 2008.
Last May, she was charged with filing a false report of a crime 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.
The New York Post reported earlier this week that the night before Collier’s disappearance, a neighbor heard yelling and screaming coming from the home.
The neighbor told the paper that the “frenzy” involved a younger woman and that “someone is coming to visit at the weekend [and] in the evening and there are loud screams and fights”.
After the Athens-Clarke Police Department received a missing person report for Collier on Sept. 10, the neighboring Habersham Police Agency located Collier’s rental vehicle near Georgia Route 15 via Sirius XM satellite radio.
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Local authorities searched the area with a K-9 and found Collier dead at the bottom of an embankment, naked, with “chars” on his 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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