The mysterious death of Georgia mother Debbie Collier has reportedly been ruled a suicide in a shocking twist to a case that started out as a homicide investigation.

The determination was made this week by the state’s medical examiner. The results found Collier died from “inhalation of superheated gases, thermal injuries, and hydrocodone intoxication,” Habersham County Deputy Coroner Ken Franklin told the news outlet Now Habersham.

Collier’s naked and partially burned body was found in September in a wooded ravine in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, about 60 miles north of her Athens home.

The the state’s medical examiner determined the cause of death to be a suicide.
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Her death was originally being investigated as a homicide.

Franklin said the autopsy results match up to what he saw at the scene, according to Now Habersham.

“It’s pretty evident that she started the fire,” Franklin told the news outlet. “From what I saw and what I considered to be the case is that this was a self-inflicted death, but I was relying on the results of the autopsy and the doctor at the lab to make the final call.”

Collier lived in Athens, Georgia before her death.
Collier lived in Athens, Georgia before her death.

The stunning ruling comes after Collier’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, recently said on a special livestream of the “Crime on the Record” podcast she believes her mother killed herself.

Bearden, 36, reported Collier missing Sept. 10 after she said her mother sent her a Venmo payment of more than $2,300 along with a chilling note.

“They are not going to let me go love you there is a key to the house in the blue flowerpot by the door,” Collier wrote.

Authorities found her dead body in September in a wooded area.
Authorities found her dead body in September in a wooded area.
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“She was dealing with stuff that she didn’t want to burden me with,” Bearden said of her late mother while on the podcast. 

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