Couple claims they called FBI to tell them of Patrick Frazee's plot to kill Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth before his arrest
Joe and Patty Rockstahl, the owners of Rockstahl Law Offices in Idaho, say they were told about a plot to kill Berreth one month before she went missing.
An Idaho couple may have helped police confirm their theory that Patrick Frazee was responsible for the death of his 29-year-old fiancé Kelsey Berreth after they revealed they were made aware of a plot to kill the Colorado mother a month before her disappearance.
Berreth went missing on Thanksgiving Day this past year and had not been seen or heard from since, with authorities arresting and charging Frazee even though her body was not found. It later emerged that they had also apprehended an Idaho nurse — now revealed to be 32-year-old divorced mother-of-two, Krystal Lee — in connection to the case, and it is now being reported that Frazee asked the nurse to kill Berreth for him.
The fight for the 14 month old baby girl missing mom #KelseyBerreth shares with #PatrickFrazee continues in a Teller County courtroom this morning. His family has filed a motion to intervene. Press and public kicked out of courtroom. pic.twitter.com/0zH2aNt57B— Carol McKinley (@CarolAMcKinley) 3 January 2019
According to the KMVT, this information was brought forward by Joe and Patty Rockstahl, the owners of Rockstahl Law Offices in Idaho. They told the channel that this past October, one of their employees came to them visibly upset and told them her best friend had confided in her that "a man had asked her to kill the mother of his child."
The Rockstahls said they asked their employee to have the best friend, Krystal, come and speak to them but that the nurse never did so. They said Krystal later told their employee to "forget the whole thing" and that there was little they could do because they did not have enough information to take to the police.
But in early December, when Berreth's mother took to national television to plea for information that could help authorities find her daughter, the Rockstahls began putting two and two together and realized they might be able to help in the case. They called the FBI and told them about what they had heard.
"'I think [it was] the mother that had the courage and go on TV when her daughter was missing, saying that someone knew where she was at," said Patty to KMTV. "At that point in my mind I thought that Patrick and that was the only name I had heard him called, I didn't know his last name, had done something to her daughter and he knew where she was at."
Just four days later, by coincidence or not, police arrested Frazee in connection to Berreth's disappearance, and a few weeks after that, they zeroed in on Krystal as well. While the nurse has not been charged, Frazee is facing two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder in the first degree.
While a custody battle between Frazee's mother and Berreth's parents for his and Berreth's 15-month-old daughter, Kaylee, was temporarily resolved when the young girl was given to the mother's parents, the Daily Mail reported that he was served another notice this past Monday, January 7.
A complaint filed against him by Berreth's parents accuses him of enacting "physical, mental, and emotional acts of violence upon Kelsey Berreth prior to her death" before going on to state that "when Frazee acted as either the perpetrator or accessory to the murder of Kelsey Berreth, Frazee breached the duty of care with which a reasonable person should conduct himself toward another human being."
They have demanded a jury trial to determine the "compensatory and general damages, interest from the date of Kelsey Berreth’s death as provided by law." While Frazee has announced his intention to fight the murder charges, it remains to be seen how he will contest the others.