A teenager from Broomfield, Colorado was found dead in a wooded area on Friday just weeks after she filed and received a permanent restraining order against her alleged stalker. Police are calling the death of Natalie Bollinger, 19, a homicide, but her cause of death is still under investigation, according to CBS News.
Last month, the teen vented on social media about a frustrating predicament she was in. She claimed she was being stalked by a man whom she had once tried to help. Bollinger posted on Facebook that the man was stalking her, even sleeping behind her workplace, and that he had threatened to commit suicide in front of her, CBS Denver reported.
“He’s sent emails for over a year close to everyday, harassing me,” Bollinger wrote. “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.”
The man that Bollinger called a stalker, Shawn Schwartz, posted a Facebook video (made before Bollinger’s body was found) in which he pleaded with the public to help find the then-missing teen.
“Please help find her. Please,” he said.
Schwartz also allegedly posted several public Facebook posts that appear to be about Bollinger. CBS Denver reported that The Broomfield Police Department spoke to Schwartz at the time of her disappearance, but did not reveal if he was a suspect. It is unclear if authorities are currently in contact with Schwartz in connection with Bollinger's death.
Bollinger was only reported missing a day before she was found dead. Her remains were discovered in an unincorporated area of Adams County, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
Although no one has officially been named a suspect and no arrests have been made, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and Broomsfield Police Department have stated that they “are headed down the right path at this point.” Police also stated that there is no direct threat to the community.
The investigation is ongoing. Bollinger's family has asked for privacy.