Natalie Bollinger demise: Suspect Joseph Lopez claims she employed him on Craigslist
Colorado police have arrested a gentleman in the December slaying of 19-12 months-outdated Natalie Bollinger. But the suspect, Joseph Michael Lopez, claims the girl employed him to destroy her soon after he answered her Craigslist advert.
Lopez, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of very first-degree murder in the demise of the Broomfield, Colorado, teenager.
He claims he answered Bollinger’s Craigslist advert titled “I want to put a hit on myself,” in accordance to a police affidavit, studies ABC-7 in Denver. He has been booked into the Adams County Jail.
Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh phone calls Lopez the sole suspect but stated the scenario is ongoing.
“Just due to the fact we have a suspect in custody, does not signify the investigation is around,” McIntosh stated at a news convention Friday.
Bollinger was claimed lacking by her spouse and children on Dec. 28 and identified lifeless in unincorporated Adams County the following day, the Daily Camera studies.
An autopsy report from the Place of work of the Coroner for Adams and Broomfield Counties displays Bollinger died from a close-range single gunshot to the head.
She also had a “potentially lethal level of heroin” in her procedure at the time of her demise, in accordance to the autopsy.
The report states she had a background of heroin and methamphetamine use and that she had needle tracks on her arm and hand.
The police document outlines how investigators searched Bollinger’s phone and identified a lot more than 100 text messages involving the two on the night she was claimed lacking. That was a discussion Lopez claims was in response to the Craigslist advert, in accordance to ABC-7.
“As you can picture, a 19-12 months-old’s social media or phone, there is a good deal of information there,” McIntosh stated. “So, seeking by means of all of that information, conducting many interviews, we have been ready to create and establish Joseph Lopez.”
The Sheriff’s Place of work identified Lopez on Thursday as he was heading into his position at Domino’s Pizza.
A weapon was identified “around” Lopez, McIntosh stated, but it has not been tied to Bollinger’s demise, in accordance to the Daily Camera.
Lopez informed detectives that “he was fairly guaranteed that he understood what we have been there for,” and that “he was guaranteed it had to do with the woman he talked to on Craigslist,” in accordance to the affidavit.
When Bollinger was claimed lacking, suspicion identified Shawn Schwartz, a gentleman whom Bollinger had been granted a restraining purchase against in December, the Daily Camera studies. Schwartz stated he had been interviewed by police.
He insists he was not involved in Bollinger’s demise.
Lopez appeared in court Friday, and a listening to has been established for Wednesday morning at which prosecutors are anticipated to file costs.