Kelsey Berreth, a 29-year-old mother and pilot instructor in Colorado,
made national headlines after she vanished on Thanksgiving Day. Her concerned
mother, Cheryl Berreth, officially reported the disappearance on December
2, 2018, after she repeatedly failed to make contact with her daughter.
Three days later, Berreth’s cell phone sent two text messages: one
to Berreth’s employer, stating that she would be away for a week,
and one to Berreth’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee. Investigators
were able to track the cell phone and found it in Gooding, Idaho. The
Woodland Park Police Department began an exhaustive investigation of the
case, and even joined forces with numerous law enforcement agencies, including
the FBI, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and officials in Gooding.
Although Berreth’s body hasn’t been recovered, investigators
believe that she was killed in her Woodland Park home. On December 21,
2018, Frazee was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder
and solicitation to commit murder. His accomplice, Krystal Jean “Lee”
Kenney, an Idaho nurse, was charged with one count of felony evidence
tampering – a class 6 felony – on February 8, 2019. Investigators
claim that Kenney is responsible for disposing of Berreth’s cell
phone, which was discovered an hour away from Kenney’s home.
Hanna Knutson, a reporter for KDRO, contacted me about this case after
Kenney was arrested and charged. I explained to Knutson that Kenney’s
best option is to accept a plea deal that would require her to testify
against Frazee. In her article,
“Nurse in Kelsey Berreth Case to Plead Guilty,” Knutson directly quoted my predictions: “Obviously she thinks if
she goes to trial she will get convicted. It’s likely she’s
doing just a straight guilty plea.” After all, this is the only
way Kenney could possibly reduce the penalties associated with her charges.
My predictions rang true on February 8, 2019, when Kenney pleaded guilty
after agreeing to testify against Frazee. At a press conference, 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May delivered Kenney’s official statement
to the public, reciting, “I learned that Patrick Frazee had committed
a homicide on approximately November 22 in Teller County. I knew that
law enforcement would be investigating that crime. I moved the victim’s
cell phone with the intent to impair the phone’s availability in
the investigation. I had no right or authority to move the victim’s
cell phone that occurred between November 24 and November 25, 2018 in
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