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Fiancé formally charged with murder in case of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth

Posted: 11:39 AM, Dec 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-31 18:07:10Z

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. — Patrick Frazee, the man accused of killing his 29-year-old fiancée, Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, was formally charged with murder Monday morning.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May said he filed two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation.

He said two first-degree murder charges were filed under separate theories: deliberation and felony.

“Obviously, there’s only one murder in this case,” May said. “Under Colorado law, we file separate counts under different theories of first-degree murder. We filed under two theories: One is deliberation for murder. And the other is felony murder.”

Frazee was arrested December 21 in connection to Berreth’s disappearance. The 29-year-old woman hasn’t been seen since November 22 and authorities have said they believe she is no longer alive.

Authorities conducted searches at Frazee’s home in Teller County and Berreth’s home in Woodland Park, Colorado before arresting him on an investigation of first-degree murder charge and a solicitation of first-degree murder charge.

On Thursday, a judge decided that Berreth’s parents will get temporary physical custody of Berreth and Frazee’s 1-year-old daughter. Teller County Department of Human Services will retain legal custody.

As of Monday morning, Berreth’s body had not yet been found, though police in Twin Falls, Idaho said they thought they had found possible evidence in connection to the case.