Authorities turn attention to Colorado landfill for Kelsey Berreth case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - What started as a missing person case centered around a Woodland Park mom has turned into a national story focused on the suspected murder of Kelsey Berreth.

Left to right: undated photo of Kelsey Berreth with her daughter, Patrick Frazee on 12/21/18 after his arrest.

THE SEARCH FOR KELSEY BERRETH
Berreth's fiance, Patrick Frazee, is accused of killing her. Berreth's body has yet to be found.

Authorities in Colorado and Idaho are working together to solve the case. Few details on why Frazee was arrested have been released to the public.

THE LATEST (Updated 1/16/19)
11 News confirmed with Waste Management Wednesday night authorities are turning their attention to a landfill in Fountain. Anne Spitza, communication specialist with Waste Management, provided the following statement to 11 News:
"The Colorado Bureau of Investigations contacted Waste Management of Colorado regarding a potential search at Midway Landfill and we are cooperating fully.”

11 News reached out to CBI for more information. CBI spokespeson Susan Medina said she had no new information to share publicly on the case.

IDAHO COUPLE COMES FORWARD:

CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste sat down with Twin Falls couple Patty and Joe Rockstahl. The couple claims they learned of information from one of their employees, a best friend of Krystal Lee. Their employee told them that Lee and Frazee's had a relationship that started just after high school.

"She was in love with him from a very young age," Patty Rockstahl told CBS News. "She was very vulnerable and I think she cared for him, and he took advantage of that… He was her first love, I understand, and … he had a hold on her."

Below is an excerpt from that interview:

The Rockstahls said they were told Lee, a nurse from Idaho and a mother, visited Frazee as recently as November – the month Berreth vanished. They claim their employee said Frazee threatened Lee, and she may have helped him dispose of evidence.

"Do you know what the threats were?" Battiste asked.

"Patrick told Krystal that little girls go missing off the playground all the time," Patty said.

"Krystal was so scared, he was so angry that he said things that made Krystal think he had killed before. So of course, she's going to be terrified," Joe Rockstahl said.

The Rockstahls said they were told Frazee asked Lee three times as early as October to help kill Berreth, the mother of his child, but Lee refused.

Asked what they heard was Frazee's motive, Patty said, "That he felt that Kelsey was going to harm the child, that she was crazy."

"Is Krystal Lee a murderer?" Battiste asked.

"I don't believe so. I don't," Patty said.

Three days after Thanksgiving -- the last day Berreth was seen alive -- her cell phone pinged in Gooding, Idaho, 35 miles outside the city of Twin Falls where Lee is a nurse. A source close to the investigation said in early January that an Idaho woman was suspected of disposing that phone. Our sister station in Twin Falls is reporting that woman is Lee.

Several texts were sent from Berreth's phone after her disappearance, including one to her employee saying she'd be away for a week and another to Frazee, Patty Rockstahl said she thinks Lee sent the texts.

"She had the phone," Patty told CBS News. "She was probably instructed to send those texts by Patrick but that's – there's nobody else that could've sent those texts to my knowledge."

"Why would Krystal Lee, a nurse with children, help Patrick Frazee cover up the murder of his fiancée?" Battiste asked.

"I think she was afraid and I think she got in over her head," Patty said. "She was in love with Patrick and we've all heard the stories of what people will do for love."

There are currently no records of charges against Lee in connection with Berreth's disappearance.

THE TIMELINE

-Nov. 22, 2018: Kelsey Berreth was last seen in public on surveillance footage at a Woodland Park grocery store.

-Nov. 25, 2018: Berreth's cell phone pinged in Gooding, Idaho. Police released this information to the public on Dec. 7.

-Dec. 14, 2018: Police execute a search warrant at Frazee's home.

-Dec. 15, 2018: Authorities offer a $25,000 reward for information on the case.

-Dec. 21, 2018: Frazee arrested

-Dec. 22, 2018: Authorities in Idaho announced they discovered possible evidence in the case

-Dec. 27, 2018: A judge ruled the 1-year-old child Berreth and Frazee share would remain in physical custody of Berreth's parents.

THE CHARGES FRAZEE IS FACING
Information from the court documents obtained by 11 News:

COUNT 1 - MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
On or about November 22, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully, feleniously, after deliberation, and with the intent to cause the death of a person other than himself, caused the death of Kelsey Berreth.

COUNT 2 - SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Between and including September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entered, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of that crime and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.

COUNT 3-MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
On or about November 22, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously, acting alone or with one or more persons, committed or attempted to commit Robbery and, in the course of or in furtherance of that crime, or in the immediate flight therefrom, the death of Kelsey Berreth, a person, other than one of the participants, was cause by anyone.

COUNT 4-SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Between and including September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entered, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of that crime and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.

COUNT 5-SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Between and including September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018 PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entreated, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of that crime and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.

The charges listed on the court papers also say Frazee, possibly along with at least one other person, allegedly tried to rob Berreth and she was killed afterward.

KELSEY AND PATRICK'S DAUGHTER
The one-year-old girl is in the physical custody of Berreth's parents. The child is in the legal custody of Teller County Human Services. A family member of Frazee is fighting for custody of the girl. Berreth's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Frazee. Click here to read the documents.

WHAT IS NEXT
A preliminary hearing for Frazee in the criminal case is scheduled for Feb. 19. It was pushed back after Frazee's attorneys requested to see the documentation stating why he was arrested. The judge granted that request.

WHO DO YOU CALL IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON THIS CASE
Contact Woodland Park Police at 719-687-9262.



MORE FROM THE ROCKSTAHLS
11 News partner KMVT also sat down with the Twin Falls family who reached out to the FBI when they realized they might have some answers to the many questions on the case.

The employee explained to the Rockstahl's her best friend, now identified as Krystal Lee, allegedly told her that "a man had asked her to kill the mother of his child."

The two then told their employee to have Krystal come speak to them. But, she never did. The Rockstahls say Krystal even told her best friend "to forget the whole thing."

When asked what made Patty come forward and call the FBI, she said it was when she connected the dots of who was involved and watching Kelsey’s mother Cheryl plea for help on national television.

“I think the mother that had the courage and go on TV when her daughter was missing, saying that someone knew where she was at,” Patty told KMVT. “At that point in my mind I thought that Patrick, and that was the only name I had heard him called, I didn't know his last name, had done something to her daughter and he knew where she was at.”

The Rockstahls decided to come forward to KMVT News after their employee endured harassment and threats on social media.

They tell KMVT, the FBI was already in Twin Falls and at their office quickly after making the call.

This is just part one of a very comprehensive interview. 11 News partner KMVT will be releasing more of the interview in the coming days.