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Body found in City Park lake identified by coroner

Heather “Helena” Hoffmann was last seen leaving work on June 21 at 1 a.m. at the end of her shift. Her body was found in City Park lake on Wednesday evening . (Photo courtesy of Fort Collins Police Services).

Update (12:30 p.m.): According to a release from Fort Collins Police Services, police are investigating the discovery of  Heather “Helena” Hoffmann’s body as a suspicious death.

According to the release, Hoffmann was an employee at the McDonald’s located on Elizabeth Street and City Park Avenue. She was last seen leaving work on June 21 at 1 a.m. when her shift ended. She was found in City Park lake wearing her work uniform.  


Anyone with information that may help investigators is urged to contact Detective Tessa Jakobsson at or 970-221-6575. People may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at or 970-221-6868.


The Larimer County Coroner’s Office has identified the body found in City Park lake as Heather “Helena” Hoffmann of Fort Collins.

According to a release given by the coroner’s office, the cause and manner of death are currently pending and will be released at a later date.

A bystander called emergency dispatchers at 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday to report the body, and emergency responders arrived at the scene less than 10 minutes after receiving the call. The body was recovered from the lake around 9:45 p.m. after the investigation was completed, according to the Coloradoan.

Kate Kimble, a spokeswoman for Fort Collins Police Services, told the Coloradoan that they will not speculate or rule anything out about a threat to public safety. According to Kimble, detectives are still investigating.

This is a developing story. The Collegian will update this story as more information becomes available.

Collegain assistant news editor Piper Davis can be reached at or on Twitter @piperldavis.



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