Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth was last seen in public at a grocery store on Thanksgiving Day. Although her body has not been found, she is presumed dead by authorities and her parents are now taking legal action against her fiancé, who has been charged with her murder.
Cheryl-Lee Ellen Berreth and Darrell Lynn Berreth filed a wrongful death suit against Patrick Frazee on Jan. 4. In the suit, the Berreths claim they suffered significant damages as a "direct and proximate" result of Frazee's actions.
"[The Berreths] incurred economic loss and damages, to include but not limited to net pecuniary losses and other economic losses, and non-economic losses and damages, to include but not limited to solatium, grief, emotional distress and suffering, and loss of quality of life," reads the filing documents, according to Fox 31 Denver.
The document also characterized Frazee's behavior before and after Kelsey vanished as "extreme and outrageous" and accuses him of acting "with the intent of causing Plaintiffs severe emotional distress.”
The amount of compensation sought by the Berreths was not specified.
Frazee was formally charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder on Dec. 31. Charging documents stated that Frazee had attempted to have arranged for Kelsey's death on three separate occaisions between September and November. He was accused of committing the murder himself on or around Thanksgiving
Frazee is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 19, at which point he will enter a plea, according to the New York Daily News.
Only one day before the Berreths took legal action against Frazee, a 32-year-old Twin Falls, Idaho woman was investigated for her involvement in disposing of Berreth's cell phone, which had mysteriously pinged 700 miles away from her hometown three days after her disappearance. Her name has not yet been released to the public.
[Photos: Teller County Jail; Facebook]
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