Fiance accused of killing Colorado woman missing for month

Fiance accused of killing Colorado woman missing for month

Frazee was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder on Friday in the disappearance of Berreth, his fiance.

Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Woodland Park mom Kelsey Berreth, was taken into custody at his home in Teller County Friday morning, and authorities said they don't believe she is alive.

A lawyer from the public defender's office was appointed to represent Frazee, according to court documents.

"Investigators have recovered a number of items that make us suspicious that the crime did occur at Kelsey's residence". "Kelsey loves her dog, she loves her family and friends, and she loves her job". Police confirmed on Friday that Berreth's phone was found in Idaho.

Authorities also said its an "absolute possibility" that there could be an additional arrest in connection with the solicitation charge, but they declined to comment further. Woodland Park police began their search on December 2, when Berreth's mother, Cheryl, alerted them to her daughter's disappearance.

Police said they have surveillance video of Berreth, a flight instructor, shopping with her daughter that day at a Woodland Park supermarket.

Family members said that she didn't take anything other than her purse.

Still, as authorities continue to search for a body, "it's hard to accept" that Berreth actually is dead, says Garretson.

The couple's daughter was in protective custody and would be reunited with Berreth's family, De Young said.

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"He is now being held in the Teller County Jail".

"It was a normal day for her", Cheryl recalled in an interview with NBC News.

Berreth's employer got a text from her phone on November 25, saying she wouldn't be able to work that week, police have said.

Last week, investigators searched Frazee's 35-acre property, located in a small town south of Denver called Florissant but turned up no trace of Berreth.

The mother told CBS that her daughter was looking forward to being married but said the couple had not set a wedding date. Formal charges would be filed in coming days, and an arrest affidavit was sealed, according to district attorney Dan May.

Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Woodland Park Police Department and the FBI were spotted at Berreth's home Thursday evening carrying large brown bags out of the home, and a firefighter was seen carrying a ladder into the house, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

"I can not stress enough that this is a hard time for Kelsey's family", De Young said on Friday, adding that their work is just beginning. Frazee is being held without bond.

The arrest came after the investigation of cell phone records and data, in addition to searches of Berreth's home, officials said.

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