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Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged

Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged

Authorities arrested Patrick Frazee almost one month after Berreth, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, vanished on Thanksgiving Day near Woodland Park, a city between Denver and Colorado Springs.

Berreth was last seen at a grocery store near her home.

Frazee was the last person to see Berreth alive, investigators said.

Patrick Frazee, 32, is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder in the slaying of Kelsey Berreth, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference.

Frazee declined to speak publicly and is instead focusing "on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth", his attorney said last week.

No motive has been disclosed.

Frazee remains for now in the Teller County jail, with formal charges likely to be filed in about 10 days, according to the district attorney.

Authorities also said its an "absolute possibility" that there could be an additional arrest in connection with the solicitation charge, but they declined to comment further.

According to property records, Berreth purchased her single-family home in Woodland Park in May.

De Young, the police chief, told reporters during the news conference that investigators pored over cellphone records and other data, and conducted numerous searches at Berreth's home, where they recovered "a number of items that made us suspicious that the crime did occur at Kelsey residence". But, as the Denver Channel and KOAA in Southern Colorado reported, it is believed that officials searched his property once again on Thursday night.

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Frazee, who was arrested by police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at his ranch in Florissant, 13 miles (21 km) west of Woodland Park, is the father of the couple's one-year-old daughter, Kaylee.

Surveillance video showed her entering the store on Thanksgiving Day with what appears to be the couple's one-year-old daughter in a baby carrier.

Berreth's employers reportedly received a text from her phone on November 25, saying she wouldn't be able to work that week.

Police said the only signs of Berreth after Thanksgiving were some text messages and that location data suggested the phone by November 25 was near Gooding, Idaho, 800 miles (1,290 kilometres) from her house. Police confirmed on Friday that Berreth's phone was found in Idaho.

Kelsey's daughter is in protective custody, police said. He called it a "relentless pursuit for justice".

Police started looking for Kelsey Berreth on December 2 at her mother's request. "This is completely out of character". She said that Kelsey's relationship with Frazee "has been good".

Mr Frazee's attorney, Jeremy Loew, has said his client was cooperating with the investigation. "She's reliable, considerate and honest".

Frazee voluntarily released his phone to be searched and allowed officers to take a DNA sample on December 12, his lawyer said.

"Her voice was fine", Cheryl said, noting that they discussed "small things" such as a recipe.

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