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Suicide or murder? Colorado girl posted a Craigslist ad asking to be murdered

A man is arrested in regards to the death of a young girl from Colorado who posted a strange request searching for a man to shoot her to death. The ad was posted in the section of “women seeking men” on Craigslist.  

Joseph Lopez, 22, never met Natalie Bollinger before until he saw her ad reading “I want to put a hit on myself” in December. He responded to the post and introduced himself as a hitman. A few days later, the Adams County, Colorado investigators discovered Bollinger’s body in the woods, close to McIntosh dairy farm late in December. She was reported missing the previous day by her boyfriend. The boyfriend told the police that his Glock pistol was also missing from his house. 

The autopsy revealed her cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the head. The doctors also found a deathly level of heroin in her blood at the time of death.

At the beginning of the investigation, a 42-year-old man was the suspect as Bollinger had posted on Facebook about the man following her wherever she went. But when the police officers questioned him, his name was dismissed as a suspect. Investigators had no clue who could have shot Bollinger until they checked her phone and found that Bollinger and Lopes had exchanged more than a hundred messages on December 28, the possible day of her death. Lopez was arrested. He initially told the investigators that the murder was planned beforehand. He picked up Bollinger from her house and they drove around to find a wooded area to execute her. He also added that they prayed before the shooting.

Lopes faces first-degree murder charges and he is in jail with no bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again this Wednesday. Authorities continue the investigation to understand why a huge amount of heroin was in the girl's blood and why the girl sought a suicide in the first place.