A Colorado teenager who was reported missing days after receiving a protection order against a man she said was harassing her has been found dead.
Natalie Bollinger, 19, was last last seen leaving her family’s home Thursday afternoon and reported missing later that evening, according to a Broomfield Police Department news release. On Saturday, a passerby discovered a body in a wooded area on the side of a road in Adams County, north of Denver and called the police.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Adams County Sheriffs Office confirmed that the body was Bollinger’s. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Weeks before she went missing, Bollinger told her family and friends of man on FB that a man Shawn Schwartz, was harassing her.
She wrote on Dec. 13:
“Hey y’all, I have a public announcement… there is a man Shawn Schwartz. I met this man when I was young. I ran into him about 2 years ago. “Long story short, I became friends w him. I helped him out w rides and stuff. I moved to [Virginia]. He drove across country to see me.. slept behind my work for weeks.”
“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,” she further alleged.
A Bloomfield police spokesperson said during their missing persons investigation they were made aware of a protection order filed by Bollinger against Schwartz. On Dec. 22, the order was granted by an Adams County judge.
Schwartz cooperated with police at the time, the police spokesperson said.
No suspects have been named at this time.