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Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared

Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared

Frazee was booked on first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder, prosecutors said, with formal charges to follow.

Berreth's fiancé, Patrick Frazee, was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder Friday morning, almost one month after Berreth vanished, police said.

"As you can tell from the arrest, sadly, we don't believe Kelsey is alive".

Earlier this week, investigators were seen again at Frazee's ranch and conducted a second search of Berreth's home.

But authorities declined to say whether they had found the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, what led to the arrest of Patrick Michael Frazee and what motive there might be for Berreth's disappearance and slaying. Frazee runs a cattle ranch, and prices for the industry have been poor, delaying their plans to find a house together, Cheryl Berreth said.

Berreth was last seen in a grocery store near her home Woodland Park, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Florissant.

On Friday, De Young did not say when or how Berreth may have been killed but noted that investigators have recovered a "number of items" suggesting she was killed at her Woodland Park residence.

Berreth and Frazee did not live together, according to relatives, and Berreth's daughter has been living Frazee.

Berreth's mother Cheryl, who lives in Idaho, reported her missing on December 2.

Authorities arrest fiancé of missing Colorado mom on investigation of first-degree murder charge
Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody

Frazee said he last saw Berreth, a flight instructor, that same day after he picked up their daughter, making him the last known person to see her alive.

A text from her phone to her employer, sent on November 25, said that she would not be coming into work that week.

Authorities have confirmed that Berreth's cellphone is in fact in Idaho, but were not able to elaborate on how it got there. Investigators used a back hoe and cadaver dogs to scour the property, and his red pickup truck was also taken away.

"While we have not found Kelsey at this time, information has been developed that is helping to narrow down our search", Chief Miles shared with reporters. The child had been staying with Frazee but is now in protective custody, De Young said.

Frazee's attorney, Jeremy Loew, said last week his client "continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation".

Frazee was being held at the Teller County Jail. The judge granted the prosecution's request that Frazee have no contact with any witness or anyone else named in the sealed arrest affidavit, with the exception of his family.

Frazee was arrested this morning and charged with first-degree murder, as well as solicitation to commit murder.

The mother told CBS that her daughter was looking forward to being married but said the couple had not set a wedding date.




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