Colorado murder suspect claims victim to kill hired him to kill her via Craigslist

Natalie Bollinger, 19, and Joseph Lopez, 22.

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Colorado authorities are wondering whether a missing 19-year-old woman who was found dead a few weeks ago hired her killer after placing a Craigslist ad that said, “I want a hit on myself.”

That bizarre hit-man scenario, detailed in an arrest affidavit unsealed Friday. Joseph Lopez, 22, is charged with the execution-style slaying of the teenager, Natalie Bollinger, in Adams County.

The declaration states that Lopez confessed to killing Bollinger, of Broomfield, after claiming that they hired him to whack her, KMGH-TV reported.

Bollinger, was found dead on Dec. 29, a day after her boyfriend gives her is missing. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, but she also had a potentially fatal level of heroin in her system, according to reports.

The station reported that investigators spoke with Bollinger friends and relatives, and some said they had a history of suicidal thoughts. Others said she was happy and looking forward to go to school.

KMGH quoted the statement as saying that Lopez told investigators he contacted Bollinger, with the help of a fake hit-man persona after he saw her Craigslist ad.

The statement goes on to say that when Lopez went to her apartment on Dec. 28, she told him that she wanted to be killed “on her knees … running from behind,” the station reported.


The court document further quotes Lopez as saying that they, when they drove to a secluded spot, he shot Bollinger if they are on the knees and said a prayer, the station reported.

The statement said Lopez initially denied the execution of the hit, but admitted the tractor when confronted with the GPS data from his phone showing his place of residence to the murder spot, the station reported.

Sheriff Michael McIntosh said Friday during a press conference that investigators wanted to question Lopez after they examined Bollinger the mobile phone. She and Lopez texted each other 119 times on Dec. 28.

“He did make comments that he thought that he would know why we wanted to speak to him,” the sheriff said.

He said Lopez and Bollinger had not known each other so long.

At the press conference, McIntosh never discussed the statement.

During the study, the researchers questioned a man whom the Bollinger accused of stalking her before she was murdered.

That man had nothing to do with the murder, McIntosh said.


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