What Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth were doing on the last day she was seen alive
- Cripple Creek, Colo
Prosecutors spent Tuesday morning building a nearly minute-by-minute timeline of what surveillance video shows Kelsey Berreth and the man suspected in her murder were doing on the last day she was seen alive.
That day was Nov. 22, 2018 — Thanksgiving. Kelsey Berreth wasn’t reported missing by her mother until Dec. 2, seven days after her cellphone last pinged near Gooding, Idaho on Nov. 25, 2018. Patrick Frazee, Berreth’s fiance, was arrested in late December and is now standing trial for first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body.
Berreth’s remains have not been found.
Following her disappearance, surveillance footage of Berreth inside a Woodland Park Safeway was distributed online, a move law enforcement hoped were images that would generate tips about where she was. In Division 11 of Teller County District Court, Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office Investigator Stephanie Courtney testified about that same video during the third day of Frazee’s trial.
At 12:02 p.m., she said it showed Berreth walking into Safeway with her young daughter in a baby carrier. In another piece of surveillance video, Berreth is seen lingering at the grocery store’s bread aisle. Just hours before, she had called her mother and asked for a bread dip recipe.
According to Courtney, Berreth left the Safeway at 12:27 p.m. In addition to the bread dip, receipts show she also purchased poinsettias. At around noon, surveillance video outside a furniture store along US 24 in Woodland Park shows Berreth’s red Chevrolet Silverado truck headed back toward her home. Eight minutes later, Courtney said Frazee’s red Toyota Tacoma is visible going the opposite direction with a black tote in the bed.
Footage from the camera attached to the ATM at the ENT Credit Union shows Frazee pulling up at 12:42 p.m., according to Courtney. He spent eight minutes at the ATM. At 12:46 p.m., it snapped a photo of him looking at the machine with his baby daughter visible in the front seat.
Courtney said Frazee is next seen going into Walmart at 12:52 p.m. He left the parking lot at 1:13 p.m. Surveillance video from the furniture store shows Frazee’s truck headed toward Berreth’s condo at roughly 1:18 p.m.
Earlier in the day, Investigator Chad Mininger testified about footage collected from Berreth’s neighbor’s motion-activated security cameras. This footage, according to Mininger, showed Frazee outside of Berreth’s front door at around 1:23 p.m. Berreth is carrying roses, and a baby carrier was seen in photos shared in open court.
Mininger said this was the last time Berreth would be seen in any surveillance photo obtained by law enforcement. According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Agent Chris Adams, the last Google search on her phone was at around 2:20 p.m. for sweet potato casserole. In the arrest affidavit, investigators said Berreth texted Frazee and asked if he wanted sweet potato casserole that morning.
At 4:20 p.m., Frazee is seen at the house once again holding the child. He’s also seen in surveillance footage at 4:24 p.m., 4:26 p.m., 4:27 p.m., 4:28 p.m., 4:29 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. During cross-examination, the defense attorneys pointed out that in the surveillance photos shown in court, Frazee isn’t seen with a black tote box. This piece of evidence is significant, since it is the container that prosecutors allege that Frazee used to store Berreth’s body after the murder occurred.
Mininger said Berreth’s neighbor’s surveillance camera had been activated by motion 27 times on Nov. 22. Frazee was in 11 of the images. During the days before and after her disappearance, Mininger said the camera had only been activated three or four times.
Courtney said Frazee was last seen in surveillance images at the furniture store headed toward Florissant from Berreth’s apartment at 4:34 p.m. She claimed that the tote box appeared to have moved in the bed of the truck, something the defense disputed during cross-examination.