Cops strongly believe that Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth's fiance Patrick Frazee robbed her and hired a hitman to kill her
Frazee was reportedly charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder
Missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth's fiance Patrick Frazee was arraigned on five counts relating to her murder on Monday, with prosecutors revealing that they have concluded that there are two theories about how the mother of a one-year-old was murdered around Thanksgiving.
One of the theories states she may have been killed because of a robbery, according to reports.
Frazee was reportedly charged with two counts of first-degree murder under the separate theories and three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. The charges suggest that he may have asked another person to kill his fiancee on three separate occasions, according to the Daily Mail.
Frazee was arrested last week, almost a month after the mother-of-one disappeared on Thanksgiving Day near Woodland Park. Police officials have not yet found Berreth's body or any of her remains. A judge, on Thursday, granted temporary custody of Berreth and Frazee’s daughter to the missing woman’s parents. Frazee reportedly told officials previously that he last saw Berreth, a flight instructor, on November 22 when he picked up their daughter from her. Berreth's fiancé was reportedly the last known person to have seen her alive.
#PatrickFrazee was in court this morning to face his formal charges. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation. He's accused of killing his fiancee #KelseyBerreth. Details: https://t.co/s7SM6gql0u pic.twitter.com/Kb0eSjvCTJ— Stephanie Butzer (@stephaniebutzer) December 31, 2018
Woodland Park police began their search for Berreth on December 2, a week after she went missing. The officials got to know about her disappearance when Berreth's mother, Cheryl, alerted them about her missing daughter.
There was not much revealed about the case on Monday as the prosecutors stated that it was important to keep most information about the case under wraps because of the ongoing investigation.
Reports state that Frazee did not say anything during the entire proceedings on Monday and will now return to his prison cell at the Teller County Jail. He is being held there without any bond, according to reports.
Frazee, who declined to enter a plea during Monday's hearing, is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29. District Attorney Dan May said his office will not make a decision on seeking the death penalty until the accused enters a plea.
District Attorney Dan May addressing media after Patrick Frazee Court. Frazee charged with 5 felony counts today - under two theories, for murder in the 1st Degree. 3 separate counts of solicitation to commit murder. Preliminary Hearing set for Jan 29th. #KDVR pic.twitter.com/DSbgsdnHNU— Kristin Haubrich (@KristinHaubrich) December 31, 2018
Prosecutors also revealed that the arrest warrant in the case has to remain sealed because the publication of the details could "seriously jeopardize the physical safety of potential witnesses in this investigation."
Frazee raised authorities' suspicion after he was reportedly spotted at a waste management facility. He was at the facility in Teller County where he lives along with two other men dumping trash from a trailer that was attached to the pickup he had driven there. The authorities had reportedly seized the waste for investigative purposes. Police officials collected the trash and took a few of the items away for further analysis.