Authorities begin landfill search for Kelsey Berreth's remains

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Three months after Kelsey Berreth's suspected murder, investigators have honed in on a landfill south of Fountain.

The 29-year-old pilot and mother of one was last seen on Thanksgiving Day at a grocery store in Woodland Park. Though her body has never been found, law enforcement say they have overwhelming evidence she was murdered. This is further bolstered by information provided by a woman linked to Berreth's fiance, Patrick Frazee, who reportedly told law enforcement Frazee enlisted her to try to off Berreth, offering suggestions such as lacing Berreth's coffee with poison or hitting her with a metal pipe. According to the arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, when Krystal Lee Kenney couldn't go through with it, Frazee decided to do it himself. He allegedly tied a blindfold over Berreth's eyes, asked her to guess the scent of a candle, then bludgeoned the mother of his child with a baseball bat.

Authorities say they have reason to believe Berreth's remains ended up in the Midway Landfill near the El Paso/Pueblo county line. They have targeted a specific area at the site.

"Based on the information we've gathered and received in the investigation, it's all pointed right here for us," said Cmdr. Chris Adams with the Woodland Park Police Department.

The area is smaller than a football field but stacked with trash 9 feet deep. The search begins Tuesday morning and is expected to take about 35 days.

"We're going to have an excavator that's gonna take the trash out and going to put it in lines, and we're going to have searchers search and go through each piece," Adams explained.

Searchers are expected to go through about 3 percent of the area a day.

"It's a slow, methodical search. We don't want to miss anything. I think we owe it to Kelsey and her family to be as thorough as we can and find every piece that we can," Adams said.

Authorities will be sifting through the landfill without dogs.

"Too much danger for the dogs, and there is other human decomposition in the dump anyways that the dogs could trigger to."

There were reports as early as January that investigators would be going through the landfill, but Adams said Tuesday marks the first day that the search has actually taken place.

Weather dependent, the search will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, every week until it's complete.