Missing Colorado mom’s case leads to $25G reward as search at fiance’s home underway

A reward was offered Saturday in the search for Kelsey Berreth as authorities continued to comb through the home of the Colorado mother’s fiancé in hopes of locating the 29-year-old woman who was last seen on Thanksgiving Day. An anonymous donor came forward with a $25,000 reward for information leading to Berreth, who was last … Continue reading “Missing Colorado mom’s case leads to $25G reward as search at fiance’s home underway”

A reward was offered Saturday in the search for Kelsey Berreth as authorities continued to comb through the home of the Colorado mother’s fiancé in hopes of locating the 29-year-old woman who was last seen on Thanksgiving Day.

An anonymous donor came forward with a $25,000 reward for information leading to Berreth, who was last seen on Thanksgiving entering a Safeway store in Woodland Park with her 1-year-old daughter, police said Saturday in a news release. Berreth was reported missing by her mother 10 days after she was last seen and heard from.

“The investigative team continues to conduct interviews and other casework in the effort to locate Kelsey,” police said in an earlier news release, adding that the case was the “number one priority” for the department.

Authorities entered their second day of search at the home of Berreth’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee, who said he last saw the flight instructor when she dropped off their daughter with him. Digging equipment was spotted on the 35-acre property in Florissant, CBS Denver reported, although no further information was released about what investigators may have uncovered.

A search warrant was executed Friday morning — a move which Frazee's attorney said came as a surprise to his client. Frazee currently has custody of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter and police said Teller County Department of Human Services was contacted and found no evidence the child was at risk while in her father’s custody.

KELSEY BERRETH DISAPPEARANCE: COLORADO POLICE SEARCH HOME OF MISSING MOM'S FIANCÉ

Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said on Friday that Berreth’s disappearance was “suspicious,” but authorities have not identified a suspect or person of interest. Frazee’s lack of appearance in news conference sparked questions about his involvement in the case. His attorney, Jeremy Loew, attempted to quell suspicions and released a statement Wednesday saying his client received short notice of the news conference.

Photo shows Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth one year ago. (Missing Mother–Kelsey Berreth Facebook page)

"Patrick Frazee continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation of Kelsey Berreth.  Mr. Frazee’s cooperation includes interviews with law enforcement, voluntarily releasing his phone to be searched by law enforcement, buccal swaps, and photographs," the statement read, adding that Frazee would have attended the news conference if he had "more advance notice."

In surveillance video released Monday, Berreth was seen entering the Woodland Park supermarket — the last time she was publicly spotted. Three days later, her cellphone showed the mother had sent a text to her boss at Doss Aviation saying she wouldn’t be at work the next week. She also sent a text to Frazee — but the content of that message also was not released.

The last location her cell phone pinged from was in Gooding, Idaho, nearly 700 miles away from her home.

Anyone with information is urged to call Woodland Park Police Department at 719-687-9262 or email at Kelsey@city-woodlandpark.org.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Kelsey Berreth disappearance: Colorado police search home of missing mom’s fiancé

Colorado police said they executed a search warrant Friday at a home belonging to the fiancé of a 29-year-old woman who has been missing since Thanksgiving.

Investigators hunting for clues in the mysterious disappearance of Kelsey Berreth, of Woodland Park, showed up at Patrick Frazee's property near Florissant Friday morning, Fox 21 Colorado Springs reported.

Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young confirmed the execution of the search warrant in a news release. Frazee's attorney said the search warrant came as a surprise to his client.

"The investigative team continues to conduct interviews and other casework in the effort to locate Kelsey," De Young said. "This case is the number one priority for the Woodland Park Police Department  and we are working around the clock on it."

A press conference was scheduled for later Friday afternoon.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen at a supermarket in Woodland, Colorado on Thanksgiving Day. (Woodland Park Police Department)

Frazee is reportedly engaged to marry Berreth, who was last seen around noon on Thanksgiving at a supermarket with their one-year-old daughter.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office said the search could last three days, KKTV reported.

Frazee attorney Jerremy Loew said Friday that his client continues to cooperate with law enforcement investigating Berreth's disappearance.

"We understand that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Frazee’s property," Loew said. "Mr. Frazee was never asked to voluntarily participate in this search. We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation."

The attorney said Frazee isn't doing media interviews and is instead focused "on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth."

Berreth, a flight instructor for an aviation company in Pueblo, Colo., dropped off the child with Frazee later on Thanksgiving in a custody exchange, according to reports.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF MISSING COLORADO MOM RELEASED AS SEARCH INTENSIFIES

On Monday, Woodland Park police released surveillance video showing Berreth and the child entering the supermarket.

Frazee told police he got a text from Berreth’s phone on Nov. 25.

Photo shows Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth one year ago.  (Missing Mother–Kelsey Berreth Facebook page)

Police said that same day her job got a text from her phone saying that she would not be coming to work for the next week.

Cheryl Berreth reported her daughter missing Dec. 2. She said her daughter and Frazee weren't living together.

MISSING COLORADO MOM'S PHONE WAS USED TO TEXT 3 DAYS AFTER SHE VANISHED, POLICE SAY

"She’s not the kind who runs off," she said at a news conference Monday. "This is completely out of character. Kelsey loves her God, she loves her family and friends, and she loves her job. She’s reliable, considerate and honest.”

Colorado police plead for Kelsey Berreth’s fiancé to speak with them as hunt for missing mom intensifies

Colorado police on Friday afternoon pleaded with the fiancé of missing mother Kelsey Berreth to come forward and speak with investigators, as he is the “last person” to speak to her since she disappeared 23 days ago.

Investigators hunting for clues in the mysterious vanishing showed up at Patrick Frazee's property near Florissant Friday morning. Frazee's attorney said the search warrant came as a surprise to his client.

Frazee is reportedly engaged to marry Berreth, last spotted around noon on Thanksgiving at a supermarket with their one-year-old daughter.

“We are asking Patrick to sit down with investigators since he is the last person to speak to Kelsey face to face based on our investigation,” Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at an afternoon press conference. De Young labeled the disappearance “suspicious,” adding that law enforcement does not believe that Berreth is purposely avoiding location.

“At this point, we are considering every possibility,” the police chief said.

De Young didn’t detail the exact reasoning for executing the warrant, but noted that “we did have enough information for a judge to sign off.” He said Frazee has only communicated with law enforcement via his attorney. “We have yet to have him sit down with one of our investigators,” he said.

“There have been numerous questions about whether Patrick is a suspect or a person of interest,” De Young said. “At this point, we are considering every possibility and I’m not willing to jump to conclusions or label people involved in this highly complex investigation.”

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office said the search of Frazee's home could last three days, KKTV reported.

Frazee's attorney Jeremy Loew said Friday that his client continues to cooperate with law enforcement investigating Berreth's disappearance.

"We understand that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Frazee’s property," Loew said. "Mr. Frazee was never asked to voluntarily participate in this search. We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation."

Asked if he still thought Berreth was alive, the police chief said that it was “absolutely a possibility and that is our hope.”

“This has been a very rough case for us to investigate,” De Young said.

Information on a reward for information on the case is pending.

Fox News’ Rob Gearty and Kelly Burke contributed to this report.

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Lone suspect on horseback rustles 56 head of cattle in Colorado, police say

It's the Wild Wild West again in Colorado.

A lone suspect on horseback rustled 56 head of cattle from a ranch in Aurora, Colo., early Thursday morning while it was still dark, a witness told Denver's KUSA-TV.

Aurora police are offering up to a $2,000 reward for any information regarding the theft. No arrests have been made.

Investigators said it's possible the cattle were transported to Kansas, but their whereabouts are still uncertain, according to the station.

The cattle rustling case is being investigated as a felony, due to the high dollar amount of the "black and white 1st calf heifers," police said.

The missing herd of cows also have distinct branding, police said. Pictures show the branding include numbers, letters and a heart.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

Surveillance video of missing Colorado mom released as search intensifies

Surveillance video capturing a Colorado mom’s final mundane moments before her Thanksgiving disappearance was released by investigators Monday, as the desperate three-week search for the 29-year-old intensifies.

Kelsey Berreth was last seen entering a Safeway store in Woodland Park at 12:27 p.m. on Nov. 22 with her 1-year-old daughter inside a car seat, video released by police showed. The 14-second clip shows Berreth grabbing a shopping cart and going inside the grocery store with her child — the last moment she was seen alive before going missing.

“Investigators have released that information [the surveillance video] as part of this Facebook post in hopes that it may lead to additional tips in this case,” police said.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen at a supermarket in Woodland, Colorado on Thanksgiving Day. (Woodland Park Police Department)

Authorities continue to scavenge for clues nearly three weeks since Berreth was spotted alive on the surveillance video. Patrick Frazee, Berreth’s fiancé, told police he met up with Berreth later that Thanksgiving day to pick up their daughter, but details about the meeting have not been revealed.

Many questions, however, remain about Berreth’s disappearance. The Colorado flight instructor sent a text three days after Thanksgiving telling her boss at Doss Aviation that she wouldn’t be at work the next week. She also sent a text to Frazee — but the content of that message also was not released.

The last location her cell phone pinged from was in Gooding, Idaho, nearly 700 miles away from her home.

Berreth was reported missing by her mother 10 days after she was last seen and heard from.

All of Berreth’s belongings, aside from her purse, were still at her Woodland Park home after her disappearance. Her two cars remain in Colorado, puzzling investigators as they search for the 29-year-old.

A missing person poster on Kelsey Berreth, seen on the Woodland Park, Colo., Police Department’s Facebook page on Dec. 10, 2018. (AP)

When asked if Berreth’s fiancé is a suspect, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Frazee is the “father of Kelsey’s daughter and we’re going to leave it at that.”

"This is a missing persons case,” he added.

On Monday, Berreth’s mother, Cheryl Berreth, put out a public plea in hopes of her daughter’s safe return.

“Kelsey we just want you home. Call us if you can. Someone knows where she’s at,” Cheryl Berreth said in a news conference on Monday afternoon. “She’s not the kind that runs off. This is completely out of character.”

Anyone with information on Berreth is urged to call the tip line at 719-687-9262.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Missing Colorado mom’s phone was used to text 3 days after she vanished, police say

A cellphone belonging to the Colorado mom who vanished after Thanksgiving was used to send a pair of mysterious texts three days after she was last spotted in public with her 1-year-old daughter, cops said Tuesday, as the search for the woman intensified.

Kelsey Berreth was reported missing by her mother 10 days after she was last seen or heard from. Surveillance video shows Berreth buying groceries with her daughter inside a Safeway supermarket in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving Day, and her fiancé, Patrick Frazee, then met her to pick up the couple's daughter.

Authorities on Monday revealed one of the text messages sent after she was last seen indicated Berreth planned to be gone the week after Thanksgiving — but she never returned home.

The last location her cellphone pinged was in Goodling, Idaho, nearly 700 miles away from her home. Berreth’s text to her employer at Doss Aviation — a company that provides flight training for the U.S. military and international armed services — stated she wouldn’t be at work the following week.

“Kelsey’s phone gave a location near Gooding, Idaho on November 25th at 5:13 p.m.,” Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said.

A missing person poster on Kelsey Berreth, seen on the Woodland Park, Colo., Police Department’s Facebook page on Dec. 10, 2018. (AP)

Another text message was sent to Berreth’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee, though it’s unclear what was said and it's not clear Berreth was even the person sending the messages.

SEARCH FOR KELSEY BERRETH, MISSING COLORADO WOMAN, INTENSIFIES AS MOTHER SAYS ‘SOMEONE KNOWS WHERE SHE’S AT’

Berreth’s mother, Cheryl Berreth, put out a public plea Monday for the 29-year-old’s safe return.

“Kelsey we just want you home. Call us if you can. Someone knows where she’s at,” Cheryl Berreth said in a news conference on Monday afternoon. “She’s not the kind that runs off. This is completely out of character.”

Cheryl added: “Kelsey loves her God. She loves her family and friends and she loves her job. She’s reliable, considerate and honest."

The concerned mother said her family has relatives in Idaho, but they said Kelsey never showed up at their homes. Kelsey also never indicated any intention to visit those relatives, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

All of Berreth’s belongings, besides her purse, were still at her Woodland Park home after her disappearance. Her two cars remain in Colorado, puzzling investigators as they search for the 29-year-old.

When asked if Berreth’s fiancé is a suspect, De Young said Frazee is the “father of Kelsey’s daughter and we’re going to leave it at that.”

"This is a missing persons case,” he added.

Anyone with information on Berreth is urged to call the tip line at 719-687-9262.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Woman captured on video dropping through ceiling of Colorado jail after being released, ends up back behind bars

A woman who was released from a jail in Colorado last month ended up back behind bars after an apparent escape attempt from the women's bathroom at the facility.

The incident happened on Nov. 21, when Jessica Leger used the women's bathroom in the lobby at the Jefferson County jail after being released from custody.

The 29-year-old allegedly locked herself in the bathroom and yelled "get me out of here," according to an arrest warrant obtained by FOX31.

Deputies attempted to get the door open as the 29-year-old yelled at them to call family members, and overheard Leger saying she was having a psychotic episode, according to the warrant obtained by FOX31.

Surveillance video from the jail shows Leger dropping from the ceiling into the lobby, and then running to a corner of the room as a deputy runs out and apprehends her. Officials said that Leger had removed a paper towel dispenser from the wall above a toilet in the restroom and had crawled into the wall and made her way through to the ceiling.

Jessica Leger can be seen dropping from the ceiling into the lobby of the Jefferson County Jail. (Jefferson County Jail)

Leger was booked on criminal mischief and ended up spending two more nights in jail until she was released on a personal recognizance bond on Nov. 23, FOX31 reported.

MOM CHARGED AFTER BABY FOUND IN MOTEL FREEZER

Court records obtained by the television station suggest Leger caused $400 in damage to the bathroom. She is due in court on Jan 17.

A spokesperson from the Jefferson County district attorney's office said that it's premature to conclude that Leger was suffering from mental illness at the time of the incident, telling FOX31 that her defense lawyer will be allowed to seek a mental health evaluation to ensure she is competent to face trial.

Jessica Legerold was booked with criminal mischief and ended up spending two more nights in jail after the incident. (Jefferson County Jail)

Andrew Romanoff, the president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, told FOX31 that 55 percent of inmates in state prison and 65 percent of inmates in county jails are thought to have some kind of mental health or substance abuse disorder. While he couldn't comment on the Leger case specifically, he said, in general, the situation statewide "breaks my heart."

"There are too many people in Colorado with mental illness who aren’t getting the care they need, turning our jails and prisons into warehouses for folks with mental illness is the most expensive and least therapeutic decision we could make," he told FOX31. "You shouldn’t have to be charged, you shouldn’t have to be incarcerated in order to get care."

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Democrat accused of repeated use of women’s restroom will resign in January

A Colorado Democrat whom female colleagues had accused earlier this year of frequenting a women’s restroom inside the Statehouse is resigning, a spokesman said Wednesday.

State Sen. Daniel Kagan’s departure, effective Jan. 11, will come as the Democrats retake the Colorado Senate majority following November's elections, the Denver Post reported.

MALE DEMOCRAT ACCUSED OF USING COLORADO SENATE’S WOMEN’S RESTROOM ‘MULTIPLE TIMES’

“It’s been a great honor to serve the people of Colorado for just short of a decade,” Kagan said in a statement. “An important obligation of leaders, I believe, is to be open to acknowledging that it’s time to pass the torch to new leadership and, for me, that time is now.”

“An important obligation of leaders, I believe, is to be open to acknowledging that it’s time to pass the torch to new leadership and, for me, that time is now.” 

— Colorado state Sen. Daniel Kagan

Kagan was instrumental in repealing a 19th-century law that criminalized adultery, a law he regarded as giving authorities the power to question people about their personal lives, “which is a gross invasion of privacy that’s fully within the rights of the police right now.”

But Republican state Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik said several women claimed to have seen Kagan using a women’s restroom multiple times since January 2017. She filed a workplace sexual harassment complaint against Kagan in March.

Kagan said he’d entered the women’s restroom just once by mistake because it was unlabeled. The debacle prompted the state Senate to post signs outside its restroom designating “men” and “women,” Denver’s KUSA-TV reported.

“I asked for a public apology to all involved, not a resignation,” Martinez Humenik said Wednesday. “We are still waiting on his apology.”

Colorado GOP spokesman concurred, saying Kagan should have apologized rather than “just resigning to avoid having to look at them.”

Colorado Public Radio reported earlier this year that Kagan was among a group of Democratic senators who have called for the ouster of Republican state Sen. Randy Baumgardner, amid accusations that he groped an aide in 2016.

“Many butt-slappers and thigh-strokers fancy that they are merely flirting and flattering,” Kagan said before the Senate.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

Boy, 9, petitions Colorado town board to throw first legal snowball in more than 100 years

For more than 90 years, an ordinance prevented a growing farming community in northern Colorado from targeting people, places and animals with "missiles" – and that included snowballs.

No longer.

Dane Best, 9, made it his mission to change Severance’s outdated law to exempt snowballs just in time for Christmas, and on Monday night he succeeded.

“I thought it was crazy,” Best told FOX 31 Denver. “Little kids should be allowed to throw snowballs at each other.”

Best said he learned about the ordinance last fall during a class field trip to the Town Hall. He then worked with Mayor Don McLeod and his parents to figure out exactly what steps needed to be taken to amend the ban on snowballs from the ordinance.

“The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,” he said during his presentation on Monday. “The law was created many years ago. Today’s kids need a reason to play outside.”

After Best fielded some tough questions from town officials, the Severance board voted unanimously to update the language and legalize snowballs. The board acknowledged the ordinance was probably as old as the town itself, the Greeley Tribune reported.

Minutes after the decision, Best and his little brother wasted no time enjoying their newfound freedom, going outside for an impromptu snowball fight and, in the process, tossing the first “legal” snowballs in Severance history.

McLeod told FOX 31 Denver the ordinance itself had never been enforced and no one had ever been cited before.

Said McLeod: “You can make any change and it doesn’t require an age. Anybody can be involved in our democracy and anybody can make changes."

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

Colorado love triangle leads to deadly officer-involved shooting, arrest

A clash between a man, his wife and his wife’s boyfriend earlier this month ended with a deadly police-involved shooting and one person in a Colorado jail.

The incident occurred Nov. 15 when Allen Fanning, the woman’s 18-year-old boyfriend, was fatally shot by Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies. Shawn Tyree Glover, the woman’s 43-year-old husband, was arrested on mischief and domestic violence charges, the Denver Post reported Wednesday.

The police-involved shooting occurred at an intersection in Greenwood Village as authorities tried to get Fanning out of his vehicle at the end of a police chase, the Post reported, citing police reports.

Earlier that day, Glover found his wife’s car outside a Centennial hotel, where he believed she was staying with Fanning, according to the paper. Glover told authorities he knew his wife, identified as 43-year-old Christina Padilla, was staying in a room at the hotel with Fanning, authorities said. Glover allegedly then slashed Padilla’s tires.

Later, Glover spotted the pair at a store where Padilla was trying to replace her slashed tire. A fight between Glover and Fanning occurred and Fanning went back to his vehicle to retrieve a gun, police said. Fanning pointed the gun at Glover, but fled the scene as deputies arrived.

Deputies chased Fanning and then surrounded his vehicle, demanding he get out of the car, police said. As officers broke a window, Fanning allegedly reached for a gun. Officers opened fire and killed him, the Post reported. No officers were injured in the incident.

Three deputies involved in the incident were placed on paid administrative leave and the investigation was ongoing, according to 9 News.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.