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Idaho Nurse Charged In Kelsey Berreth's Disappearance

Krystal Lee is expected to appear in court on Friday on charges of tampering with evidence after sources claim she may have helped dispose of the missing mom's cell phone.

By Jill Sederstrom

An Idaho nurse has been charged for her role in the disappearance of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, who is presumed dead by authorities after vanishing on Thanksgiving Day.

Krystal Lee, 32, was on Tuesday charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence, according to the Denver Post.

She is expected to appear in court Friday to face the charge, Colorado’s 4th Judicial District Attorney’s office said, according to NBC News.

Two of Lee’s relatives told ABC News earlier this week that Lee planned to plead guilty to at least one charge against her when she appears on Friday although it was not clear what charge that would be.

Berreth hasn’t been seen since Thanksgiving Day when she went to the grocery store with her young daughter. Her fiancé Patrick Frazee has been charged with murder and three counts of solicitation of murder in the case.

Lee’s name was first brought up in connection to the case when an Idaho couple told CBS News one of their employees had come into their law firm and told them her best friend, who later turned out to be Lee, had been having a relationship with Frazee.

Frazee and Berreth

“She was in love with him from a very young age,” Patty Rockstahl told the network in January. “She was very vulnerable and I think she cared for him and he took advantage of that.”

The Rockstahls claimed at the time that Lee may have played a role in disposing of evidence and said she agreed to help after allegedly being threatened by Frazee.

Just days after Berreth disappeared, her phone reportedly pinged in Gooding, Idaho, hundreds of miles away from Berreth’s Colorado home. The phone pinged just 35 miles outside of Twin Falls, where Lee works as a nurse, KKTV reports.

ABC News reported that Lee may have helped dispose of Berreth’s phone in Idaho, citing multiple law enforcement sources.

Investigators believe Berreth was killed in her Colorado town home. Her body has not yet been discovered.

Frazee was arrested and charged in December. The arrest affidavits in the case have been sealed and investigators have yet to publicly announce a possible motive in the case.

[Photos: Teller County Jail; Facebook]