Police say the death of a McDonald’s employee whose body was found in uniform in a lake in City Park Wednesday evening is being investigated as suspicious.
The victim, 23-year-old Heather “Helena” Hoffmann, was last seen at around 1 a.m. Wednesday after her shift ended at the McDonald’s on West Elizabeth Street and City Park Avenue, Fort Collins Police say.
She typically walked home from work, and lived in the area of Laporte Avenue and Shields Street.
First responders found her body in the water of Sheldon Lake at Fort Collins’ City Park on Wednesday night, and a dive team was called to help with recovery efforts.
Police said Friday she was wearing a black polo shirt with a McDonald’s logo, black pants, black boot and a black purse.
Anyone with information about Hoffmann’s death that may help investigators is asked to call Fort Collins Police at 970-221-6575. You can also call Larimer County Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
Friends of Hoffmann told the Fort Collins Coloradoan she was a mother to a 4-year-old daughter and was working to turn her life around before her death.
Brittany Wilson, 25, told the Coloradoan she wanted Hoffmann to be remembered as "the loyal, loving mother and friend she strove to be."
"The world suffered a great loss by losing her," Wilson told the Coloradoan.