- Patrick Frazee, 32, was taken into custody at his Teller County, Colorado, property Friday morning, according to multiple local reports.
- He was booked on charges of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder.
- Frazee is the fiancé of Kelsey Berreth, the 29-year-old woman who went missing on Thanksgiving.
- Authorities told ABC News that they no longer believe that Berreth is alive.
The fiancé of a Colorado woman who has been missing since Thanksgiving has reportedly been taken into custody.
Patrick Frazee, 32, was arrested at his home in Teller County on Friday morning, according to a press release from the Woodland Park Police Department.
Teller County District Attorney Dan May revealed in a press conference on Friday that Frazee was booked on charges of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder. May said formal charges from the DA’s office will come in the next ten days, and Frazee will be arraigned next week.
Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for murder Friday morning and taken to the Teller County jail, nearly one month after Berreth vanished. https://t.co/v1AD1Unjb5 pic.twitter.com/EgUoQac1pY
— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2018
Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young added at the press conference that they found evidence in Berreth’s townhouse that suggests she was killed there. He said Frazee has been the only person arrested in connection to Berreth’s disappearance, and he was unsure whether more arrests would be made.
The flight instructor was last seen alive the afternoon of Thanksgiving when surveillance cameras at a local Safeway captured her entering the store to shop with her 1-year-old daughter.
Frazee told authorities that he picked up their daughter later that afternoon and hadn’t seen her since.
The couple were engaged and shared a child, but never lived together, Berreth’s mother said at a press conference earlier this month.
Berreth’s mother, Cheryl, was the person to report her missing on December 2, when she couldn’t get ahold of her daughter.
Cheryl said that she reached out to Frazee to see if he knew where Berreth was, but he said the last time he talked to her was on November 25, when she texted him.
That same day, Berreth’s employer received a text message from her phone, saying she needed to take the next week off of work, and her mobile phone pinged nearly 800 miles away in Idaho, near where she has some family.
Shortly after Berreth was reported missing, cops conducted a search of her house and found it empty, with a batch of cinnamon rolls on the counter.
It wasn’t until December 14 that investigators conducted their first search of Frazee’s property.
While his lawyer said in a statement that he was cooperating with police, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a press conference last week that Frazee had yet to sit down with investigators for an interview.
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