Colorado Man Charged With The Murder Of His Fiancée Who Has Been Missing Since Thanksgiving

Patrick Frazee is accused of finding someone to kill Kelsey Berreth, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter.

By The Associated Press
Frazee and Berreth

A Colorado man accused in the death of his missing  has been charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Patrick Frazee learned of the five charges against him during a brief court appearance Monday in Cripple Creek.

A charging document says the 32-year-old Frazee is accused of working to find someone to kill Kelsey Berreth between September and November and causing her death on or around Thanksgiving.

Frazee has said the two met at that time to exchange their 1-year-old daughter.

No other details were provided and the court document laying out the evidence against Frazee remains sealed.

He hasn't been asked to enter a plea yet and didn't speak during the hearing.

Frazee was arrested Dec. 21; investigators haven't released details about what led to his arrest or how the flight instructor died. However, they have said evidence suggests she was killed at her home in a mountain town near Colorado Springs and that her cellphone was tracked to Idaho three days after Thanksgiving.

They haven't said whether they have found Berreth’s body.

A judge granted temporary custody of the 1-year-old girl to the maternal grandparents during a closed hearing Thursday.

A court summary of Thursday's hearing says Frazee's mother filed a motion to intervene in the custody case and made an unspecified placement request. The summary didn't say whether she had asked for custody. The court delayed action on her requests.

Frazee's lawyer, meanwhile, hasn't commented on the allegations but has asked that authorities notify him before trying to question Frazee or seeking evidence like DNA samples.

[Photos: Teller County Jail; Facebook]

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