Coroner Says Woman Found In Sheldon Lake Was Deliberately Killed

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned a woman found dead in a Fort Collins lake drowned, but she had significant injuries.

The coroner is calling it a homicide.

23-year-old Heather Hoffman was found in Sheldon Lake.

heather hoffman deceased ft collins body in lake from fcps Coroner Says Woman Found In Sheldon Lake Was Deliberately Killed

Heather Helena Hoffmann (credit: Fort Collins Police Services)

Prosecutors have charged Jeffrey Etheridge with her murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and tampering with a body.

jeffrey etheridge Coroner Says Woman Found In Sheldon Lake Was Deliberately Killed

Jeffrey Etheridge (credit: Fort Collins Police Services)

He is a registered sex offender and homeless.

Hoffman frequently walked home through the park from her job at McDonald’s.

She was still in her uniform when she was found.

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