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Police Investigate Suspicious Death at Sheldon Lake

Released on Friday, June 23, 2017
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At 6:10 p.m. on June 21, Fort Collins 9-1-1 received a report of a body in Sheldon Lake at City Park. First responders located a deceased adult female in the water and activated the Larimer County Dive Team for recovery.

The Larimer County Coroner has identified the victim as 23-year-old Heather “Helena” Hoffmann of Fort Collins. Helena was employed at the McDonald’s located on W Elizabeth Street and City Park Avenue. She was last seen leaving work on June 21 at 1 a.m. when her shift ended. Helena lived in the area of Laporte Avenue and Shields Street and typically walked home from work. She was found in Sheldon Lake wearing a black polo shirt with a McDonald’s logo, black pants, black boots, and a black purse. A photo of Helena is attached.

Police are investigating this as a suspicious death. Residents may see continued police activity in the area around Sheldon Lake as officers actively work on this case. Anyone with information that may help investigators is urged to contact Detective Tessa Jakobsson at dGpha29ic3NvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970-221-6575. People may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at or 970-221-6868. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.