Patrick Frazee arrested over Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth's disappearance

Teller County Sheriff via KMGH

Teller County Sheriff via KMGH

Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home.

A Colorado sheriff's official says authorities have arrested the fiance of a woman who was last seen on Thanksgiving.

Frazee was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder on Friday in the disappearance of Berreth, his fiance.

Frazee and Berreth's daughter is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth's family, De Young said.

De Young said that following numerous interviews over the past several weeks, investigators had gathered enough information to file for an arrest warrant.

"It is a crime to solicit somebody to commit another crime", Teller County District Attorney Don May said at a news conference Friday, while adding that the charge does not require that someone actually complete the crime for which they were approached. KOAA-TV reported a public defender was appointed for Frazee, who was being held without bond. His next hearing was set for December 31.

Authorities said during a press conference that they had not yet located Berreth's body, "but information has been developed" that has helped narrow down the search. The couple shared a baby daughter but didn't live together.

Three days after Berreth was last seen, a text was sent from her phone telling an employee at Doss Aviation, a flight school in Colorado Springs where she worked as an instructor, that she would be taking the rest of the week off.

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News has reached out to Patrick's attorney for comment on today's arrest.

Investigators arrived at the home shortly after 7 a.m., according to ABC News, and Frazee was seen in handcuffs shortly afterward. Investigators were working to recover the phone, which is key.

Berreth, 29, has been missing since Thanksgiving.

Her mother, Cheryl, lives in Laclede, Idaho, 580 miles (930 kilometres) north of Gooding, but police have not explained whether that has any significance in where the cellphone was discovered.

It was Berreth's mom, Cheryl, who reported her missing, leading many to wonder why Frazee hadn't alerted police to her disappearance sooner.

De Young confirmed that Berreth's phone had pinged off a tower in southern Idaho and that was where it ended up.

Berreth's mother repeatedly squashed speculation about her daughter's fiancé, as did police and his attorney.

She said the couple had weathered some financial struggles. "We don't know what to do, so we came together to pray for her family tonight so that God would just be with them, comfort them". "This is a hard time for Kelsey's family", he said. She was "a little reserved and sometimes soft-spoken" but often talked about her then-boyfriend, company owner Bobby Hosmer said.

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