Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth's family shocked after her fiancé's arrest: 'We are numb, we hoped Kelsey could be found alive'
A month after she was reported to have disappeared, police still cannot confirm if Kelsey Berreth is dead or alive as her body is yet to be found.
There's still mystery surrounding the missing of Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth even after her fiancé Patrick Frazee was arrested early Friday morning on murder charges.
A month after she disappeared police are yet to confirm if Berreth is dead or alive as her body is yet to be traced, something about which her family spoke about immediately after Frazee's arrest.
Berreth's cousin, JoDee Garretson, 50, opened about the status of her family upon hearing the strong possibility that the 29-year-old mother of one may no longer be alive.
Kelsey was last seen on Thanksgiving Day at a supermarket with her one-year-old daughter Kaylee, who she allegedly later dropped off with Frazee. After a two-day search of his home, Frazee, 32, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and solicitation of murder. Based on the evidence they uncovered during their search of Berreth's property, authorities said on Friday that she may have been killed in her home.
“I don't know what to feel at this point. It doesn't feel real, it really doesn't. It feels like these things don't happen, but they do and I get that, but it doesn't feel like it,” Daily Mail quotes Garretson as saying, adding that as horrible as it makes her sound, she is waiting to hear more details, if only to ensure that everything she is feeling and experiencing is real.
She had hoped that Frazee's arrest would lead to the authorities finding Berreth alive, but that hope was dashed with the announcement it was a first-degree murder charge. Garretson is still interested in knowing why the cops believe that her cousin is dead, especially when they are yet to find her body.
Investigators with @CBI_Colorado and @FBIDenver have just left the home of #KelseyBerreth in #WoodlandPark. They brought out some large pieces of evidence. The fire department even brought a ladder inside the home for a few minutes. Investigators have also sealed the front door. pic.twitter.com/PX4h1uCqVY— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) December 21, 2018
The Washington-resident further revealed that she barely knew anything about 32-year-old Frazee, who reportedly met Berreth online two years ago. The pilot and flight instructor had moved to Colorado after Frazee came to visit her in Washington. Frazee, a cattle rancher, is the one who helped her settle in, when she made the big move from her hometown.
“I was looking through my messages to Kelsey just over time. She just said how she was so happy when she first moved there,” she related, adding, “'She told me she met him online but she didn't elaborate. She just said they met online and after a few months he came down (to Washington) and moved her over there. In retrospect, there's a lot of questions I didn't get to ask.”
Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for murder Friday morning and taken to the Teller County jail, nearly one month after Berreth vanished. https://t.co/v1AD1Unjb5 pic.twitter.com/EgUoQac1pY— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2018
Even though Frazee and Berreth were seeing each other for more than two years, were engaged and even had a baby together, named Kaylee, in October 2017, they were not living together.
While Berreth was living in Woodland Park, Frazee lived with his mother on her ranch in Florissant. Kaylee, who was in Frazee’s custody after Berreth’s disappearance, is now in protective custody. Garretson hopes that soon Berreth’s mother Cheryl will get custody of the baby.
According to Garretson, Cheryl was forbidden from seeing the baby by Frazee.
"At this point I can't say anything, I've been having to bite my tongue for a while so I should probably continue," she says, adding, “That's where my first thoughts go, but definitely secondary to that absolutely I hope that all the answers come out so the family can have all the questions answered and justice is done. Right now, where my heart is just with her family.”