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Police Discover Evidence In Case Of Missing Colorado Mom Near Where Her Phone Last Pinged In Idaho
Kelsey Berreth's fiancé and father of her one-year-old daughter, Patrick Frazee, is facing first-degree murder charges in the presumed death.
Police have found new evidence in the disappearance and presumed death of Colorado Mom Kelsey Berreth in Idaho, approximately 800 miles from Berreth's home. The evidence was discovered not far from where Berreth's phone last pinged three days after she was last seen alive shopping at a Colorado area grocery store on Thanksgiving Day.
Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said last week that investigators believe Berreth was killed in her Colorado town home. However, on Nov. 25, three days after she was last seen alive, her phone pinged in Gooding, Idaho. That same day, a text message was also sent from the phone to Berreth's employers at Doss Aviation saying she planned to take some time off work, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.
It's unclear exactly what was recovered in Idaho, however, the Twin Falls Police Department issued a statement on Saturday saying detectives from the police department, along with the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigations officials had executed several search warrants and were processing "some items of evidence" that had been discovered in the case.
Berreth's fiancé and father of her one-year-old daughter, Patrick Frazee, has been arrested in the case and is facing first-degree murder charges. He told investigators he had last seen his fiancé, who wasn't living with him, on Thanksgiving when they met to exchange the couple's daughter.
Investigators believe it's an "absolute possibility" that others could eventually face charges in the disappearance as well, KUSA reports.
Frazee's attorney had requested a "gag order" be issued in the case to prevent pretrial publicity, however, Forth Judicial District Judge Lin Billing Vela denied the request Monday, according to the Gazette.
Instead, he instructed prosecutors to follow the state's ethics rules and release details that are "necessary to inform the public of the nature and extent of the prosecutor's action and that serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose."
Court documents also revealed that Frazee's public defenders have asked investigators to turn over emails and text messages in the case, according to KUSA.
Frazee's next scheduled court appearance is Dec. 31.
[Photos: Teller County Jail, Facebook]