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Fiancé of missing Colorado mother arrested on murder charges

A $25,000 reward is being offered in the search for Kelsey Berreth. (CNN Newsource)

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (WPEC) — Authorities in Colorado arrested the fiancé of a missing mother on first degree murder and solicitation of first degree murder, prosecutors in Colorado said Friday.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, vanished sometime around Thanksgiving. She's last seen on surveillance video on Nov. 22 shopping at a grocery store in Woodland Park.

Her fiancé, Patrick Frazee, told investigators the couple met that day so he could pick up their 1-year-old daughter, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators said they believe, based on evidence, the crime took place in Kelsey Berreth's home in Woodland Park. Frazee lives in Florissant, about 15 miles west.

Woodland Park Police said Frazee was booked Friday morning. He's being held at the Teller County Jail. Prosecutors said he's expected in court within the next 10 days.

Authorities said they do not believe Berreth is still alive. Investigators continued searching her home on Friday. They would not explain why Berreth's phone was found in Idaho.

Police said the there could be a second arrest based on the solicitation of first degree murder charge.

The couple's daughter is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth's family.


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