Teen Warns Facebook Friends about Man Stalking Her. 2 Weeks Later, Found Dead in Woods


On Dec. 13, Natalie Bollinger, 19, sent out a message on Facebook regarding a man who had been stalking her.

The man, Shawn Schwartz, was someone teen had supposedly met and helped two years prior.

After they met, she moved to another state. Schwartz reportedly followed her there and began sleeping behind her place of work.

After asking him to leave her alone, Schwartz began to leave Bollinger hundreds of emails and phone messages. He was even arrested after parking his car outside of her home and honking his horn repeatedly.

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By Dec. 22, Bollinger had a permanent restraining order against Schwartz approved. But just days after filing the protection order, she was reported missing.

Bollinger hadn’t been seen since around noon on Dec. 28. Her family filed a missing persons report that evening.

However, two days later, a body was found in a wooded area near a local dairy farm. The body was confirmed to be Bollinger’s on Jan. 2.

Before the discovery of her body, Schwartz had taken to Facebook asking for help to bring Natalie home to her family.

Police reported that Schwartz has cooperated with police as the investigation continues. However, police have declined to reveal the nature of the relationship between Bollinger and Schwartz.

In multiple Facebook posts and videos, Schwartz has denied his involvement in Bollinger’s death and praised her for being kind to him.

In one post he wrote, “to me, she was a hero. Not because she was pretty. Because she was nice to me when everyone abandoned me…”

When contacted by the media, Schwartz stated that he was “still trying to stay out of the way and let the cops do their jobs.”

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Schwartz claimed on Dec. 30 that the “cops scratched me off their list,” but investigators have made no official statement.

In fact, police have said they are still not ready to “call anyone a suspect,” as they still need to account a missing 26 hours of Bollinger’s life.

“Those 26 hours that are missing, that’s the information that we need to start finding people who were involved or saw or heard Natalie by talking to her on the phone,” stated Adams Country Sheriff Mike McIntosh.

“Our family has been deeply devastated by this loss and cannot fully express how much we miss our beautiful Natalie,” Bollinger’s father Ted Bollinger wrote in a statement. “Our hearts are absolutely broken.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bollinger family as they seek justice for their daughter in the midst of such a devastating tragedy.

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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