A Colorado man has been charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancée, Kelsey Berreth. Patrick Frazee, 32, had a brief court appearance where he learned of the five charges against him. Frazee is accused of working to find someone to kill Kelsey Berreth between September and November and causing her death on or around Thanksgiving. They share a daughter together who is now in the custody of her maternal grandparents and child protective services.
The investigation into 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth’s whereabouts has drawn national attention. Berreth disappeared on Thanksgiving Day and a police investigation was opened Dec. 2 after her mother Cheryl Berreth asked for a welfare check of her daughter. On the morning of Nov. 22, Berreth was captured on surveillance video entering a Safeway grocery store at 12:05 p.m. with her 1-year-old daughter in a baby carrier. Frazee told authorities he picked up the couple’s daughter, Kaylee, from Berreth that afternoon-making him the last person to see her.
Investigators who went to the woman’s home found some cinnamon rolls in Berreth’s kitchen and both of her cars still in place outside the home. Doss Aviation, the company Berreth works for as a flight instructor, has accounted for all their planes and police have no reason to believe she used someone else’s plane for a flight.
Frazee has told police the couple, who are engaged but have never lived together, met to exchange custody of their daughter. After that, police said the only signs of Berreth were text messages from her cellphone. Frazee told police she last texted him Nov. 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Her employer, an aviation company, received a text message from Berreth’s phone the same day, saying the flight instructor planned to take the following week off.
Police later received data indicating Berreth’s phone was near Gooding, Idaho, nearly 800 miles from her home in Woodland Park. Before his arrest, Frazee had yet to speak directly with police about being the last person to see her, only communicating through his lawyer. Law enforcement officers from several local, state and federal agencies are conducting an exhaustive search of Frazee’s 1 ½ story home and 35 acre cattle ranch in the Crystal Peaks Ranches subdivision near Florissant for possible evidence that could explain Berreth’s disappearance.