By Victor Ochieng
A man has been accused of killing a 19-year-old Colorado woman. However, the man has defended himself saying the deceased posted a Craiglist ad asking for someone to murder her at a fee and he did just that.
Joseph Lopez, 22, told investigators that he didn’t know the deceased, Natalie Bollinger, before she posted an ad on Craiglist saying, “I want to put a hit on myself.” The Broomfield, Colorado teen allegedly wrote the message on her local Craiglist’s feed of “women seeking men” in late December 2017. Lopez said he answered the ad, posing as a hitman. Now the police are saying Lopez’s make-believe theatrics became real and ended up in the death of Bollinger.
The body of the teen was discovered by law enforcers in a wooded area on December 29. This came after her boyfriend reported her missing a day before, in a report in which he also stated that his Glock pistol also went missing from his home, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Bollinger’s murder still remains mysterious from the start. Autopsy conducted on her body revealed that she died from a single bullet right to the head. Details reveal she was shot at close range from behind, with the bullet moving downward, more like it was fired from above. Even though it was concluded that it was the bullet that killed her, the autopsy also pointed out that she had “a potentially lethal level of heroin in the blood at the time of death.”
Earlier on, investigations had focused on a 42-year-old man whom Bollinger had accused of stalking her.
“He drove across country to see me.. slept behind my work for weeks,” Bollinger posted on Facebook about her stalker some two weeks before her mysterious death. “When I told him I didn’t want to see him anymore, he sent me hundreds of texts and calls. He parked his car in front of my house, blocking Military Highway for hours… laying on his horn.. he was arrested. Since then, I’ve asked him to leave me alone.. and he won’t. He’s sent emails for over a year close to everyday, harassing me. Making numerous account until I block him again. Threatening my family, telling me he’ll kill himself in front of me, and sending my friends and family harassing messages as well.”
After the death of Bollinger, police reached out to the man and questioned him, only to end up striking his name off their suspect’s list. That left Bollinger’s family wondering who may have wanted their daughter dead. Investigators weren’t able to find answers until they checked Bollinger’s phone records, only to find 111 messages between her and Lopez, with the messages having been exchanged on December 28, the day she’s believed to have died.
In his account, Lopez said he drove with Bollinger to the woods on a dairy farm, prayed first before he shot her with a gun she’d provided.
Lopez was eventually arrested and charged. He’s currently being held without bail.