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Murder suspect claims Colorado teen hired him to kill her via Craigslist

February 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Murder suspect claims Colorado teen hired him to kill her via Craigslist

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Murder suspect claims Colorado teen hired him to kill her via Craigslist

Authorities in Colorado are investigating whether a missing 19-year-old woman who was discovered dead a few weeks ago hired her murderer after she posted a Craiglist ad that read, “I want to put a hit on myself.”

The strange hit-man scenario is detailed in an arrest affidavit that was unsealed Friday.

Police arrested the murder suspect on Thursday, identified as 22-year-old Joseph Lopez, who was charged with the execution-style killing of the teen, Natalie Bollinger, in Adams County.

The affidavit noted that Lopez admitted to murdering Bollinger, of Broomfield, after alleging that she paid him to kill her, Fox4 reported.

Bollinger was discovered dead in December, one day after she was reported missing by her boyfriend. The cause of death was a gunshot injury to the head, but she also had a potentially deadly level of heroin in her system.

Natalie Bollinger allegedly put an ad on Craigslist asking for someone to kill her. Picture

The station added that detectives talked to Bollinger’s friends and family members, and some said she had a history of suicidal thoughts. Others said she was happy and was excited to go to school.

KMGH quoted the affidavit as saying that Lopez told investigators he contacted Bollinger using a fake hit-man persona after he spotted her Craigslist ad.

The affidavit proceeds to say that when Lopez went to her apartment on December 28th, she told him that she wanted to be murdered “on her knees … executed from behind.“

The court records further note that Lopez said that after they drove to an isolated spot, he shot Bollinger after they both got down on their knees and prayed.

Joseph Michael Lopez was arrested for the murder of Natalie Bollinger.
Credit: Adams County Sheriff’s Office

The affidavit added that Lopez initially denied carrying out the killing but confessed to pulling the trigger when faced with GPS data from his phone showing that he was at the murder spot.

Sheriff Michael McIntosh said at a press conference that investigators wanted to question Lopez after they went through Bollinger’s phone. She and Lopez sent 119 texts to each other on December 28th.

“He made comments that he thought that he might know why we wanted to speak to him,” the sheriff stated.

He said Lopez and Bollinger did not know each other that long.

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