Missing mom's family provides statement as search for Kelsey Berreth continues

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

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (12/28):
The family of a missing Woodland Park mom in a suspected murder case provided a statement to the public on Friday through social media.

The statement comes a day after a judge ruled the missing mom's parents would have temporary custody of her 1-year-old child. The ruling came in front of the father, Patrick Frazee who was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Kelsey Berreth was last seen publicly on surveillance video at the Woodland Park Safeway on Thanksgiving Day. Police believe she was murdered but have yet to find her body.

The statement released from Kelsey's family on Friday reads as follows: (app users may have to click the "view more content" link)


UPDATE (12/27):
The parents of a Woodland Park mother who is presumed dead were granted temporary custody of her child on Thursday.

A judge made the decision on Thursday as the search for Kelsey Berreth's body continues. Kelsey's fiance was arrested for first-degree murder and appeared at Thursday's hearing in handcuffs.

Kelsey and her 1-year-old daughter were last seen on surveillance video at the Woodland Park Safeway on Thanksgiving Day. Though Berreth's body has not been found, fiance Patrick Frazee was arrested last week in connection with her death. Investigators said after his arrest that they did not believe Berreth was alive.

The daughter, also Frazee's daughter, was in Frazee's custody until his arrest. After his arrest she was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.

The case is continued for a pre-trial conference on Jan. 3. Frazee will be in court on Monday for the criminal case tied to charges of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder.

UPDATE (12/26): The man locked up for allegedly murdering his fiancee is expected in court Thursday for a hearing over the couple's young daughter.

Kelsey Berreth and her 1-year-old daughter were caught on surveillance video at the Woodland Park Safeway on Thanksgiving Day. It was the last time Berreth was seen alive.

Though Berreth's body has not been found, fiance Patrick Frazee was arrested last week in connection with her death. Investigators said after his arrest that they did not believe Berreth was alive.

The custody hearing starts at 1 p.m. in Teller County. 11 News is waiting to hear if this hearing is more of a formality whenever a child is taken from their home, or if this was already set in motion by the couple before Berreth's disappearance.

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UPDATE (12/25):
A judge has denied a request to limit media coverage in the Kelsey Berreth case.

This ruling allows prosecutors to talk publicly about the case within the bounds of state ethics rules, which limits the release of details to things that are "necessary to inform the public of the nature and extent of the prosecutor’s action and that serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose.”

Frazee remains in the Teller County Jail. He will attend his first court hearing on New Year's Eve.
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UPDATE (12/22):
Authorities in Idaho are reporting they aided in finding evidence tied to the suspected murder of a Woodland Park mother.

The body of Kelsey Berreth has yet to be found but authorities have arrested her fiance, Patrick Frazee, on first-degree murder charges. On Saturday, the Twin Falls Police Department announced they were contacted by the FBI on Dec. 15 for help in the investigation.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office and the Twin Falls Police Department reportedly worked with the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigations to prepare and serve several search warrants as well as process some items of evidence. The Twin Falls Police Department did not elaborate on what kind of evidence was found.

“We are pleased our organizations were able to provide the assistance and support requested by the FBI, CBI, and the Woodland Park Police Department," Sheriff Tom Carter and Chief Craig Kingsbury wrote in a joint statement.

Frazee was arrested Friday morning following days of searching at his property in Florissant, as well as Berreth's apartment in Woodland Park.

Berreth was reported missing on Dec. 2, but last seen on surveillance footage from a Woodland Park Safeway on Nov. 22.

Frazee reportedly said Nov. 25 was the last day he had received a message from Berreth's phone. On that date, Berreth's phone pinged near Gooding, Idaho, 800 miles from Woodland Park. Gooding is about 35 miles north of Twin Falls

UPDATE (12/21):

Almost exactly one month after she disappeared, law enforcement say they do not believe Kelsey Berreth is alive and have arrested her fiance, Patrick Frazee, on first-degree murder charges.

Frazee was arrested Friday morning following days of searching at his property in Florissant, as well as Berreth's apartment in Woodland Park.

Authorities said they reached the conclusion Thursday night that they had enough evidence to request an arrest warrant.

Berreth's last known sighting was 30 days ago on the afternoon of Thanksgiving. She was caught on surveillance at the Safeway in Woodland Park, then later met with Frazee to exchange their 1-year-old daughter, who they shared custody of.

The little girl is now back with Berreth's family, officials confirmed Friday.

Berreth's body has not been recovered, but authorities said they have reason to believe she was killed in her own home.

"Investigators have recovered a number of items that make us suspicious that the crime did occur at Kelsey's residence," said Woodland Park Police Chief Miles deYoung.

Watch the news conference below (if on the app, click the link "Additional Content Available" to view.)

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UPDATE (12/19):
The FBI was at the home of a missing Colorado woman on Wednesday.

11 News was there for hours as federal authorities searched inside Kelsey Berreth's house in Woodland Park. The FBI will not comment on what they are looking for or if they have found anything. They were at her town home since this morning and have been in and out of it.

About eight investigators with the FBI and CBI were at the home. They were still on scene at 4:30 p.m. 11 News watched as investigators carried items in and out of the home.

Woodland Park police didn't have anymore updates on the case when 11 News reached out Wednesday afternoon.

She was reported missing on Dec. 2, but last seen Nov. 22.
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UPDATE (12/16, 12:02 p.m.): Law enforcement say they have wrapped up their search at Patrick Frazee's home and have returned the home to him.

Frazee is Kelsey Berreth's fiance and the last known person to have seen her before she vanished nearly one month ago.

If you have any information on her location, you're asked to call 719-687-9262.

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UPDATE (12/15, 4:40 p.m.):
A reward has been established for anyone with information on where Kelsey Berreth might be. She was last seen in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving.

Woodland Park Police say they've received an anonymous donation of up to $25,000 for any information that leads to her safe return or location.

Saturday marks the second day of searching at Patrick Frazee's home. 11 News crews say they witnessed heavy digging equipment and backhoes heading onto Frazee's property.

We'll keep this story updated as we learn more information.

UPDATE 12/15/18 10 a.m.
The Woodland Park Police Department continues to investigate the missing person case of Kelsey Berreth.

Officers say the case remains their number one priority for their department and says they are "working around the clock on it with our law enforcement partners."

The multi-jurisdicitonal task force continues to search the home of her fiance, Patrick Frazee, in Florissant.

Berreth's daughter, Kaylee, remains with Frazee.

Police say they have been in contact with the Teller County Department of Human Services regarding the custody of Berreth's daughter.

Officials for the Department of Human Services say they do "not have evidence that Kaylee's safety is at risk while in Patrick Frazee's custody."

UPDATE 12/14/18 3 p.m.
A reward is being offered for information leading to the location of a missing Colorado mom. The specifics of that reward were not announced as police get ready to sit down face to face with the missing woman's fiance for the first time since an investigation started on Dec. 2.

Kelsey Berreth was last seen on video on Nov. 22 at a Woodland Park Safeway with her daughter. Her fiance said he last saw her on Thanksgiving when she dropped off their daughter.

"Do I think Kelsey is alive? That is absolutely a possibility and that is our hope," Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Friday afternoon.

Chief De Young said that police are considering "every possibility" but declined to label Kelsey Berreth's fiance as a suspect or a person of interest in the case.

The police chief spoke to the public just hours after a search warrant was executed on the property belonging to Kelsey's fiance Patrick Frazee. Police said they could spend up to three days searching the property. Information on why the search warrant was obtained is sealed off from the public. 11 News was just outside the property when they saw Frazee's vehicle towed away.

"Why did it take so long to search the home? There are a number of other things that we have done up to this point that have led to us to be able to search the residence at this point," Chief De Young added.

Frazee had not sat down with investigators prior to the press conference. Frazee had been communicating to law enforcement through his attorney.

Frazee's attorney, Jeremy Loew, said in a statement that police didn't ask his client to participate in the search Friday of the property.

Loew said Frazee wants police to "take whatever steps" necessary to find 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth and exclude him as a suspect in her disappearance. Frazee's attorney said Wednesday that he is cooperating with police and has provided cheek swabs for DNA, and his cellphone.

The police chief added Kelsey's mom has reportedly not seen her granddaughter since she came to Colorado to help in the search. Patrick has been watching over their child since Kelsey's disappearance.

The Woodland Park Police Department remains the lead agency in this investigation.


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UPDATE (12/15, 4:40 p.m.):
A reward has been established for anyone with information on where Kelsey Berreth might be. She was last seen in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving.

Woodland Park Police say they've received an anonymous donation of up to $25,000 for any information that leads to her safe return or location.

Saturday marks the second day of searching at Patrick Frazee's home. 11 News crews say they witnessed heavy digging equipment and backhoes heading onto Frazee's property.

We'll keep this story updated as we learn more information.

UPDATE (12/15 10 a.m.):
The Woodland Park Police Department continues to investigate the missing person case of Kelsey Berreth.

Officers say the case remains their number one priority for their department and says they are "working around the clock on it with our law enforcement partners."

The multi-jurisdicitonal task force continues to search the home of her fiance, Patrick Frazee, in Florissant.

Berreth's daughter, Kaylee, remains with Frazee.

Police say they have been in contact with the Teller County Department of Human Services regarding the custody of Berreth's daughter.

Officials for the Department of Human Services say they do "not have evidence that Kaylee's safety is at risk while in Patrick Frazee's custody."

UPDATE (12/14, 3 p.m.)
A reward is being offered for information leading to the location of a missing Colorado mom. The specifics of that reward were not announced as police get ready to sit down face to face with the missing woman's fiance for the first time since an investigation started on Dec. 2.

Kelsey Berreth was last seen on video on Nov. 22 at a Woodland Park Safeway with her daughter. Her fiance said he last saw her on Thanksgiving when she dropped off their daughter.

"Do I think Kelsey is alive? That is absolutely a possibility and that is our hope," Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Friday afternoon.

Chief De Young said that police are considering "every possibility" but declined to label Kelsey Berreth's fiance as a suspect or a person of interest in the case.

The police chief spoke to the public just hours after a search warrant was executed on the property belonging to Kelsey's fiance Patrick Frazee. Police said they could spend up to three days searching the property. Information on why the search warrant was obtained is sealed off from the public. 11 News was just outside the property when they saw Frazee's vehicle towed away.

"Why did it take so long to search the home? There are a number of other things that we have done up to this point that have led to us to be able to search the residence at this point," Chief De Young added.

Frazee had not sat down with investigators prior to the press conference. Frazee had been communicating to law enforcement through his attorney.

Frazee's attorney, Jeremy Loew, said in a statement that police didn't ask his client to participate in the search Friday of the property.

Loew said Frazee wants police to "take whatever steps" necessary to find 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth and exclude him as a suspect in her disappearance. Frazee's attorney said Wednesday that he is cooperating with police and has provided cheek swabs for DNA, and his cellphone.

The police chief added Kelsey's mom has reportedly not seen her granddaughter since she came to Colorado to help in the search. Patrick has been watching over their child since Kelsey's disappearance.

The Woodland Park Police Department remains the lead agency in this investigation.

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Concerns are mounting for a 29-year-old last seen on Thanksgiving Day as law enforcement obtained a search warrant for her fiance's property Friday morning.

11 News confirmed authorities are searching the home of Kelsey Berreth's fiance. The Teller County Sheriff's office says the search could last three days. Patrick Frazee was the last known person to see Berreth, according to Woodland Park Police Chief Miles DeYoung.

Frazee's lawyer sent the following to media on Friday:
"Patrick Frazee continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation of Kelsey Berreth. We understand that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Frazee’s property. Mr. Frazee was never asked to voluntarily participate in this search. We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation. Mr. Frazee will continue not to participate in any interviews with the media and instead focus on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth."

Members of the community held a vigil Thursday evening. Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young announced at the vigil that a reward is being offered for information leading to the location or safe return of Berreth. Chief De Young explained anyone interested in donating money to add to the reward can do so by visiting the Wells Fargo inside the Woodland Park Safeway. He did not elaborate on how much the reward was at the vigil.

According to the Law Office of Jeremy Loew, the fiance of the missing mom is cooperating with law enforcement. The following statement was sent to media outlets:
"Patrick Frazee continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation of Kelsey Berreth. Mr. Frazee’s cooperation includes interviews with law enforcement, voluntarily releasing his phone to be searched by law enforcement, buccal swaps, and photographs. Much has been said over the news and social media about Mr. Frazee’s absence at the local new conference recently held by the Woodland Park Police Department on December 10, 2018. Mr. Frazee was first notified of the press conference approximately an hour prior to its commencement. Had he been given more advance notice, he would have participated. Mr. Frazee hopes and prays for Ms. Berreth’s return. Mr. Frazee will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and continue to parent the child he shares with Ms. Berreth. He will not speak to the media about this case, as he does not want to impede law enforcement’s investigation. All calls regarding this investigation should be directed to the Woodland Park Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations."

Police released the latest surveillance footage of the missing mom on Tuesday. The video was from a Safeway in Woodland Park shot on Nov. 22. The video can be viewed at the bottom of this article.

Kelsey Berreth was last seen on video in Woodland Park on Nov. 22 and reported missing 10 days later. In between those two dates, her place of employment and her fiance both said they received messages from her phone.

"Officers were able to contact her place of employment at Doss Aviation in Pueblo, Colorado and were advised that they had received a text from Kelsey's phone on the 25th of November stating she would not be into work the following week," said Woodland Park Police Chief Miles DeYoung.

Cheryl Berreth contacted her daughter's fiance, Patrick Frazee, who said Nov. 25 was also the last day he had received a message from her phone.

On that date, Berreth's phone pinged near Gooding, Idaho, 800 miles from Woodland Park.

Frazee was the last known person to see Berreth, according to DeYoung.

"Patrick told officers he hadn’t seen her since Thanksgiving, November 22nd, when they exchanged their daughter.”

Prior to that meeting, Berreth was caught on surveillance at the Woodland Park Safeway, the last confirmed sighting.

"We’ve reviewed video from the local Safeway grocery store and it showed Kelsey shopping with her daughter Kaleigh on November 22 at about 12:27 p.m. That’s the last time Kelsey was seen," DeYoung said.

DeYoung said Frazee was cooperating with the investigation but declined to speak at the news conference Monday. He wouldn't speak as to why Frazee never reported his fiance missing.

"Why did Patrick not report her missing? That's a question you'd have to ask Patrick," was all DeYoung would say on the matter at Monday's news conference.

Cheryl Berreth said her daughter was not the type to leave without telling anyone.

"She’s not the kind who runs off. This is completely out of character. Kelsey loves her god, she loves her family and friends, and she loves her job. She’s reliable, considerate and honest.”

A vigil was held over the weekend by her brother-in-law in Washington state, where she also has some relatives. Online, thousands are following the search, with more than 9,000 people following the "Missing Mother - Kelsey Berreth Facebook page.

According to the people who run the page, Berreth is 5-foot-3, 110 pounds, and wears a size 0-1 in clothing. She was last seen wearing a white shirt under a gray sweater, jeans or dark blue pants, white shoes, and was carrying a brown purse.

DeYoung said the department was considering the disappearance a missing persons case and currently did not have a suspect.

"Our sole goal is to get Kelsey out in front of everyone. Like I said, she doesn’t run off, and somebody knows where she’s at. Kelsey, we just want you home. Call us if you can. And we won’t quit looking," Cheryl Berreth said.

If you have any information on her location, you're asked to call 719-687-9262.