Best friend of Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth says fiance Patrick Frazee was 'borderline emotionally abusive'
Ashley Cogburn, one of Berreth's best friends, also revealed she knew something was immediately wrong when the mother went missing.
One of the best friends of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth, the missing Colorado mother who is presumed to be dead, spoke out about the case in an interview and revealed that Berreth's relationship with fiance Patrick Frazee was unstable and rocky.
Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving Day near Woodland Park but would not be reported missing until early December. Frazee did not raise the issue with the authorities despite admitting to meeting with the mother on Thanksgiving to take custody of their 16-month-old daughter, Kaylee. While Berreth's body was never found and the search is still ongoing, she was declared to be dead.
Frazee was eventually arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of solicitation to commit murder in the first-degree over allegations he employed others to carry out his Berreth's murder. He is currently being held at the Teller County Jail while he awaits trial, and is intending to contend the first-degree murder charges.
Speaking on CBS' 'This Morning,' Berreth's friend Ashley Cogburn revealed she knew something was immediately wrong when the mother went missing. "The moment I found out she had been with him when she went missing, the first words that came out of my mouth was: 'He did something to her,'" she said. Asked why she thought so, Cogburn said Frazee was "always mad about something" and was "borderline emotionally abusive" towards Berreth, who had come to her crying once after one of her altercations with her fiance.
NEW TODAY: #PatrickFrazee now facing formal charges for the murder of #KelseyBerreth— Catherine Silver (@CatSilverTV) December 31, 2018
Count 1 - First-Degree Murder
Count 2 - Solicitation to Commit Murder
Count 3 - First-Degree Murder
Count 4 - Solicitation to Commit Murder
Count 5 - Solicitation to Commit Murder pic.twitter.com/zA91RPL9lF
"She couldn't win," Cogburn said. "The things he would say were somewhat demeaning. I remember one time, in particular, she came to me and she was crying. And Kelsey is a tough girl. I don't remember specifics but I just remember it was borderline emotionally abusive to you right now."
Cogburn's statements do seem to corroborate the previous suggestions that Berreth's and Frazee's relationship had been strained. Despite being engaged to be married, and moving from Washington to Colorado to be with Frazee, Berreth had purchased a $184,900 two-bedroom property about 15 miles away from where he lived with his mother.
Then, in early January, it emerged that detectives were investigating the role 32-year-old Idaho nurse Krystal Lee played in the Berreth's murder. It was suspected that she had been having an affair with Frazee since early 2016, which would mean the fling started before the birth of his daughter. Furthermore, family members claimed Frazee murdered Berreth on Thanksgiving because she finally broke off their engagement, though that version of events was contested by a friend who said the couple had split on New Year's Day in 2018.
Nonetheless, the news of Frazee's arrest in connection to the case proved to be bittersweet for Cogburn. "I wanted to hold on to hope that wasn't the case, you know. You know, I grasped on to well, maybe somebody took her," she said through tears. "I think deep down I knew."
She also paid tribute to her friend, saying, "Kelsey was a kind, sweet girl. She kind of had it all going on. She was, you know, she was very smart. She was on top of her game in life," adding in a message to Kaylee, "'I know that your mom loved you so much. She's so happy that you're here. I know if she were still around, she would be an awesome example of a person that you can grow up to be like."
Watch the CBS 'This Morning' segment here: