A Colorado family is in mourning after the body of a 19-year-old girl was found on the side of a road outside Denver, just 26 hours after loved ones reported her missing.
According to Broomfield Police, Natalie Bollinger was last seen leaving her home on the afternoon of December 28 and was reported missing later that day, ABC7 reported.
Her disappearance came just weeks after she posted a disturbing warning on Facebook about her alleged stalker and was granted a restraining order against him.
On December 13, the teen wrote on Facebook that she was being harassed by an old friend, Shawn Schwartz. She said that she believed he was “mentally ill” after exhibiting some disturbing behavior.
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…. 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.
The teen said that Schwartz often slept behind her place of work and would drive long distances to try and see her even when she made it clear she didn’t want to speak.
On December 22, Bollinger was granted a restraining order against the man, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. But just six days later she vanished.
And on Saturday, her body was discovered by a passerby on the side of the road in a wooded area.
Police have yet to name a suspect in the case, but have spoken to Schwartz since the teen disappeared.
According to ABC7, Adams County Sheriff Mike McIntosh said in a press conference that they are looking into the teen’s recent social media posts:
“It’s certainly something that’s going to lend itself as we investigate this further. We need to take all of this information in, digest it, and see how it relates and correlates with what we know.”
Shortly after Bollinger went missing, Schwartz posted a video to Facebook denying involvement. He claimed in a comment below the video that “cops scratched [him] off their list.”
The teen’s cause of death has not been determined. Watch Schwartz’s video message below: