This booking photo provided by the Teller County Sheriff’s office shows Patrick Frazee, the fiance of missing Colorado woman, Kelsey Berreth, who was arrested Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at his home in the community of Florissant, Colo., Frazee is charged with first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder. Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving, in a supermarket near her home in the center of Colorado. (Teller County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
DENVER – The fiance of a Colorado woman who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested Friday on allegations of killing the mother of his child, and the police said she probably died at her home in the mountains.
But the authorities refused to say whether she had the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, which led to the arrest of Patrick Michael Frazee and what motive can there be for Berreth’s disappearance and murder.
Frazee, 32, was arrested in his home in the alpine town of Florissant, on suspicion of murder and solicitation of murder, said Miles Young, chief of police in the neighboring Forest Park, where Berreth lived.
“As you can see to the arrest, it is a pity that we do not believe that Kelsey is still alive,” Young said.
Authorities also refused to elaborate on the solicitation of murder charge, how they think Berreth was killed or other aspects of the investigation, which spans several states and involves the FBI.
Frazee was appointed a public defender, Adam Steigerwald, at a hearing Friday, but the lawyer did not immediately return a text message seeking comment. Jeremy Loew, a private lawyer who had represented him previously said Frazee cooperated with investigators and provide DNA samples.
The police said Frazee was the last person to see Berreth life. The couple together have a daughter, but not living together. Her mother said that the financial struggles delayed them from moving in together, but that her daughter was excited to get married.
The disappearance of the young pilot’s stunned family and friends has led to make use of social media for information about her whereabouts.
Berreth was last seen at a supermarket near her house. Surveillance video showed her walking in on Thanksgiving Day with what appears to be the couple’s daughter in the baby carrier. Frazee told the police that they met that afternoon so he could pick up the child.
Young said the girl in custody and will be transferred to the Berreth family.
Authorities searched Frazee the cattle-ranch and Berreth the townhome, but refused to say what they find. Young said the evidence suggests “crime” occurred on Berreth’s house and that her mobile phone was found in Idaho. Researchers working to restore of the phone, that is a major clue.
The police said that the only signs of Berreth after Thanksgiving were a number of sms messages and data suggested the phone Nov. 25 was near Gooding, Idaho, 800 miles (1,290 kilometers) from her home.
Her mother, Cheryl, lives in the Laclede, Idaho, 580 miles (930 km) north of Gooding, but the police have not explained or that has no significance in where the mobile phone was discovered.
The police went on a search for Kelsey Berreth on Dec. 2 at her mother’s request.
Researchers who Berreth house cinnamon rolls in the kitchen and her car’s outside. The Young said that the company Berreth worked as a flight instructor, Doss Aviation, had booked for all of their aircraft and that the police had no reason to believe that they are someone else’s plane.
Cheryl Berreth told NBC News that her daughter has a relationship with Frazee was good and loving.
She said the couple had weathered a few financial crisis. Frazee runs a cattle ranch, and the prices for the industry are poor, postpone their plans to find a house together, Cheryl Berreth said.
“They had plans that have not yet expired as they would like. But they have dealt with and they have things always work,” she said.
The mother told CBS that her daughter was looking forward to marriage, but said that the couple had no wedding date.
Kelsey Berreth was “a bit reserved and sometimes soft-spoken but often talked about Frazee, who she was dating when she was a flight instructor at the Sources of Aviation in 2016, the company owner Bobby Hosmer said.
Formal complaint and may take as long as 10 days to file, District Attorney Dan May said. The search and arrest affidavits will remain sealed during the investigation, he said.
Frazee was held without bond. A judge, the next hearing for Dec. 31.
Gruver reported from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Associated Press Writer Kathleen Foody contributed to this report.
This story has been corrected to show that there is a typo in the name of Gooding, Idaho.