Broomfield police are investigating whether any connection exists between the disappearance of a teenager and a body found in Adams County, but as of Saturday afternoon, the case remains a missing person investigation.
Natalie Bollinger’s family told police that the 19-year-old Broomfield woman has not bee seen since about noon on Thursday.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday on Twitter that it is treating a suspicious death near 116th and Riverdale as a homicide. So far the sheriff’s office and Adams County Coroner’s Office have not released any further detail on the identity of the person.
Neither agency could be reached for comment on Saturday.
Broomfield police Sgt. Steve Griebel confirmed that his department is looking into whether a connection exists between the disappearance of Bollinger and the homicide in Adams County.
He added as of Saturday afternoon, Broomfield police were still investigating Bollinger’s disappearance as a missing person case.
“We are actively investigating the missing person’s case,” he said. “We are working with surrounding agencies. We still have her listed as a missing person.”
The sheriff’s office and coroner’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on Saturday afternoon.
Griebel said he was aware of activity on social media, including statements that the body found in Adams County is that of Bollinger. Some of the statements have been posted on the department’s Facebook page.
“This has grown a lot of legs,” he said. “People are jumping to conclusions based on social media that it is the same person.”
People have also made online accusations against a man named Shawn Schwartz. Schwartz has posted on his Facebook page that he was not involved in Bollinger’s disappearance.
Online court records indicate that Bollinger sought a protection order against Schwartz about two weeks ago and was granted one on Dec. 22. Reached by Facebook on Saturday afternoon, Schwartz said he is “still trying to stay out of the way and let the cops do their jobs.”
Griebel said that police have spoken to Schwartz but declined to elaborate on the relationship between the two, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
“We don’t want to taint any evidence or future interviews,” he said. “We have to be really careful.”