Natalie Bollinger found shot to death on December 29, 2017.

Natalie Bollinger found shot to death on December 29, 2017.

An arrest has been made in the murder of Natalie Bollinger, 19, who was found shot to death in a wooded area of Adams County, Colorado, on December 29, 2017, approximately 26 hours after she had been reported missing.

Joseph LopezJoseph Lopez, 22 was arraigned and formally charged on Wednesday, February 13, 2018. Lopez was charged with first degree murder after deliberation.

Lopez, a resident of Northglenn, Colorado, was arrested on the evening of the February 8, 2018 after an interview with Adams County Sheriff’s investigators. His claims regarding the alleged motive are described as shocking.

Investigators stated Lopez claims he did not see Bollinger die, changed his story to “she committed suicide”, then changed his story again, claiming she had solicited someone to kill her/help her commit suicide on Craigslist.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lopez told investigators he met Bollinger on December 28, 2017 after responding to a Craigslist ad entitled, “I Want to Put a Hit on Myself.” This ad was in the “Women Seeking Men” section of the online marketplace website. He claims he met Bollinger for the first time that day.

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Bollinger’s autopsy report states Bollinger died from a gunshot wound to her head, noting she had a lethal level of heroin in her blood. The medical examiner found fresh needle marks on her arms.

Bollinger police picAdams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh announced the arrest during a Friday news conference, referencing Lopez as the sole suspect advising, “Just because we have a suspect in custody, doesn’t mean the investigation is over.”