Police hunting for missing mom Kelsey Berreth insist her fiance poses no risk to their daughter despite cops searching his property with diggers and K9 search dogs.
Kelsey Berreth, a 29-year-old flight instructor from Woodland Park, Colorado went missing on November 22.
Her fiance Patrick Frazee was was the last known person to see Berreth before she went missing when she dropped their young daughter Kelsey at his 35 acre ranch in Florissant.
Police hunting for missing mom Kelsey Berreth insist her fiance poses no risk to their daughter despite cops searching his property with diggers and K9 search dogs
Frazee seen in public for the first time with his daughter leaving his attorney’s office last week
Meanwhile police continued to search Frazee’s property for the second days in the hope of finding information that could lead to her whereabouts.
In a statement today, WPPD said they have no evidence that the couple’s daughter is at risk while she remain’s in her father’s care.
‘The Woodland Park Police Department has been in contact with the Teller County Department of Human Services in regards to Kaylee’s custody as recently as yesterday morning.
‘At this time the Department of Human Services does not have evidence that Kaylee’s safety is at risk while in Patrick Frazee’s custody.
‘The Woodland Park Police Department is still working on establishing a reward for information leading to the location or safe return of Kelsey Berreth.
‘We still have not found Kelsey and continue to search for her’.
They did not give any information about the search of Frazee’s house, but said that the investigative team continues to conduct interviews and other casework in the effort to locate Kelsey.
Details about what the search would cover on Saturday were not released, but Chief Miles J. De Young said the case ‘is the number one priority for the Woodland Park Police Department’.
Police have not ruled him out as a suspect , saying they are ‘considering every possibility’.
Chief De Young said on Friday: ‘There have been numerous questions about whether Patrick is a suspect or a person of interest, 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.’
He added: ‘He is communicating with us through his attorney and that’s about all I can say.’
He claimed Frazee, 32, is yet to sit down with detectives probing Kelsey’s disappearance despite his lawyer telling the media he had been co-operating.
Berreth, a 29-year-old flight instructor, has been missing since November 22
On November 25, Berreth’s cellphone signal was recorded in Gooding, Idaho, some 700 miles from where she vanished
At the ranch Friday Frazee was driven away in a blacked out sheriff’s department SUV with Kaylee in his arms – but was not arrested and did not answer officer’s questions.
He used the conference to ask Frazee to sit down and talk to investigators 23 days after her disappearance.
The chief said they wanted to ask Frazee if he traveled at all in the days after Kelsey was last seen.
And asked why it took 12 days for them to search Frazee’s home, he said: ‘Thats a very good question why did it take so long to search the home, there are a number of other things that we have done up to this point that have led to us being able to search the residence at this point.’
The police chief also revealed Frazee has not yet allowed Kelsey’s mother – the grandmother of their one year old baby Kaylee – to see the child since her disappearance.
On Monday police released footage of Berreth entering a Safeway in Woodland Park with her baby on November 22, which is the last visual confirmation police currently have of her
He said: ‘Good question, no the grandmother has not seen her baby, her granddaughter at this time.’
Asked if it was wise to leave the baby with Frazee when they don’t know if he was involved in her mum’s disappearance, he said they did ‘see Kelsey’s daughter last week, yes we are looking into that’, adding: ‘I have no information at this time that I need to take that child away at this point.’
Kelsey was last seen on surveillance footage with her one-year-old entering a Safeway store in Woodland Park around 12.30 pm on Thanksgiving Day
On November 25, co-workers got a text message from Berreth’s phone saying she would not be coming to work the following week. Frazee told police he received a similar message.
That same day, Berreth’s cellphone signal was recorded in Gooding, Idaho, some 700 miles from where she vanished.
Police from Teller County Sheriff’s Office (pictured) talk at a sealed off area of Patrick Frazee’s ranch
Law enforcement agencies moved in Friday with digging equipment and a K9 dog search team in the hope of finding Kelsey Berreth
It was not until December 2, however, that police searched Berreth’s home after her mother reported her missing. Frazee had never contacted police.
It remains unclear when Berreth, who is a flight instructor, was meant to collect her daughter from Frazee’s home or what the text he received from her said.
Police are yet to officially rule her disappearance suspicious and said they have no evidence to indicate anything other than she is a missing person.
When they searched Kelsey’s home, they found cold cinnamon rolls which had been left out, presumably to cool. The only thing missing was her purse.
‘She’s not the kind that runs off. This is completely out of character. She’s reliable, considerate and honest,’ Cheryl, Kelsey’s mother, said at the press conference on Monday.
Footage emerged on Friday morning of an FBI team arriving at Frazee’s property to search for information which could lead to the mother-of-one being found.
Deputies arrived and cut the lock on the gate that leads onto Frazee’s property, according to ABC News Correspondent Clayton Sandell.
Kelsey’s mother Cheryl Berreth (pictured) said her disappearance is highly out of character
On Thursday the Woodland Park, Colorado community held a candlelit vigil for missing mother Kelsey Berreth who was last seen grocery shopping with her baby
Frazee was present when they arrived and later left the house with his daughter in the back of a sheriff’s vehicle, according to ABC News.
Several law enforcement vehicles – including a K9 search dog unit and an FBI pick up with a wheelbarrow in the back- were seen driving up the dirt road towards the farm where Frazee keeps cattle and horses.
Asked if police gave digging equipment on the farm for the search, he added: ‘I’m sure they do, what we’re looking for is any evidence at all, whether it’s above ground or below ground.
‘It’s a county search and rescue team but they are going to be run by the FBI’s evidence recovery team.
‘Cadaver dogs, item dogs any item laying out there that could be of value’.
Frazee’s attorney Jeremy Loew said that he is cooperating with law enforcement.
In addition to the FBI, local police, officials with Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Teller County Sheriff’s Office were also at the scene.