Investigators looking for missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth serve search warrant at her fiancé's home

Colorado investigators trying to find Kelsey Berreth, a 29-year-old mother who went missing on Thanksgiving ...

Posted: Dec 16, 2018 5:02 AM
Updated: Dec 16, 2018 5:02 AM

Colorado investigators trying to find Kelsey Berreth, a 29-year-old mother who went missing on Thanksgiving Day, have started searching her fiancé's home and property, authorities said Friday.

About 75 officers are combing the 30-plus acres outside Woodland Park, Colorado where Patrick Frazee lives, a law enforcement source told CNN. Frazee was at the home, which he does not share with Berreth, when officers arrived, but later left, the source said.

Colorado

Continents and regions

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Environment and natural resources

Forests and woodlands

Investigations

Landforms and ecosystems

Missing persons

North America

Southwestern United States

The Americas

United States

Criminal law

Law and legal system

Law enforcement

Search and seizure

Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young provided few details at a news conference, declining to say what investigators are looking for or what prompted them to search that location. The search warrant is sealed.

But the chief said the disappearance of Berreth, a flight instructor, is considered "suspicious" and that authorities think "she is not intentionally avoiding attempts to find her."

De Young urged Frazee to consent to a face-to-face interview with police instead of communicating through his lawyer.

The attorney for Frazee, Jeremy Loew, issued a statement in which he said his client "continues to cooperate with law enforcement."

"We understand that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Frazee's property," Loew said. "Mr. Frazee was never asked to voluntarily participate in this search. We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation. Mr. Frazee will continue not to participate in any interviews with the media and instead focus on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth."

On Wednesday, Frazee's lawyer said his client had voluntarily released his phone to be searched and allowed officers to take a DNA sample.

Frazee told police he last saw Berreth on November 22, when he picked up their 1-year-old daughter. That makes him the last known person to report seeing Berreth alive.

Police said they have surveillance video of Berreth shopping with her daughter that day at a Woodland Park supermarket.

Police have said Berreth's employer received a text from her phone November 25 saying she wouldn't be able to work that week. Frazee also said she texted him that day, but the contents of that text haven't been released.

A week after that, she was reported missing. Woodland Park police began their search on December 2, when Berreth's mother, Cheryl Berreth, alerted them of her daughter's disappearance.

Kelsey Berreth's phone was tracked to a location near Gooding, Idaho, and Berreth has family in that state, De Young said. Gooding is roughly 800 miles northwest of Woodland Park.

"She's not the kind that runs off," Cheryl Berreth said. "This is completely out of character. Kelsey loves her God, she loves her family and friends, and she loves her job. She's reliable, considerate and honest."

On Friday, De Young said it is "absolutely a possibility" that Berreth is still alive.

"That's our hope," he said.

West Lafayette
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 79°
Kokomo
Overcast
74° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 74°
Rensselaer
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 70°
Fowler
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Williamsport
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 72°
Crawfordsville
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 75°
Delphi
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 74°
Monticello
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 74°
Logansport
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 73°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 46915

Reported Deaths: 2681
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11499683
Lake5053242
Elkhart316443
Allen2717128
St. Joseph186366
Cass16369
Hamilton1518100
Hendricks1386100
Johnson1254118
Porter71237
Tippecanoe6778
Madison64864
Clark63844
Bartholomew58244
Howard56057
LaPorte55326
Kosciusko5124
Vanderburgh4806
Jackson4653
LaGrange4657
Noble45728
Hancock43735
Boone43443
Delaware42949
Marshall4273
Shelby42025
Floyd37144
Morgan32531
Montgomery29320
Grant29026
Clinton2852
Monroe26628
Dubois2646
White26010
Decatur24832
Henry24315
Lawrence23624
Vigo2288
Dearborn22723
Harrison21022
Warrick21029
Greene18432
Miami1812
Jennings17111
Putnam1688
Scott1607
DeKalb1594
Daviess14116
Orange13523
Wayne1346
Perry1279
Steuben1262
Franklin1248
Jasper1142
Ripley1147
Carroll1102
Wabash1102
Fayette987
Newton9710
Whitley884
Starke853
Randolph784
Huntington712
Wells711
Jefferson701
Fulton681
Jay680
Washington661
Knox630
Pulaski621
Clay604
Gibson592
Rush563
Adams481
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey360
Spencer351
Fountain302
Tipton301
Crawford290
Switzerland260
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike90
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events