Authorities arrest fiancé of missing Colorado mom on investigation of first-degree murder charge

Posted at 6:34 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 10:45:19-05

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KMGH) — ABC News has confirmed that 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 say they don't believe she is alive.

He was arrested on an investigation of first-degree murder charge, according to court documents.

Berreth, 29, has been missing since Thanksgiving . She was spotted on surveillance video with their 1-year-old daughter at a Safeway in Woodland Park that day and her cell phone pinged about 800 miles away in Idaho on Nov. 25.

Sources told ABC that the investigation “unfolded rapidly in the last 48 hours, and police no longer believe Kelsey is alive.” According to court documents, he's being held at the Teller County Jail.

Investigators arrived at the home shortly after 7 a.m., according to ABC News, and Frazee was seen in handcuffs shortly afterward.

On Thursday evening, investigators from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Woodland Park Police Department and the FBI returned to Berreth's home once again to look for new leads into her disappearance. They were seen bringing large brown bags out of the home, though it's unclear what was inside.

Last weekend, authorities searched the property of Berreth’s fiancé in Florissant, but they did not find any signs of the missing woman. At that time, they said they had not ruled out Frazee as a suspect.

Their 1-year-old daughter, who was in Frazee's custody until his arrest, is safe, according to ABC.

This is a developing story. We will update you as more information becomes available.
Story courtesy of ABC7.