The alleged mistress of accused killer Patrick Frazee will be facing a Colorado courtroom this week to answer for her part in the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth.
Berreth, the Colorado mom of a one-year-old daughter, vanished on Thanksgiving Day shortly after she appeared with her baby on a grocery store’s surveillance video.
Kelsey's fiancé Patrick Frazee, 32, was arrested in late December and charged in the case. Although Berreth’s body has not been found, it is assumed that she is deceased.
Frazee is accused of killing Berreth, with whom he shares daughter Kaylee, and has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, and three counts of solicitation to commit murder.
The last charge indicates that investigators believe he tried to hire someone to take Berreth’s life, although no names have been released.
"Krystal Lee, 32, is scheduled to appear in Teller County court Friday morning on one count of tampering with physical evidence, "FOX31 reported. "Lee, a nurse in Twin Falls, Idaho, is accused of helping Berreth’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee, in disposing of evidence linked to Berreth's disappearance."
The charge, 'Tampering with Physical Evidence' is a Class 6 Felony.
Police began investigating Lee after discovering that the last ‘ping’ on Berreth’s cell phone was recorded from a tower near Lee’s home in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Authorities now believe that it was not Kelsey who used her phone that day - three days after the missing mom’s Thanksgiving Day disappearance. Lee and Frazee reportedly had an ongoing relationship during the last few months before the murder.
“The complaint against Krystal Kenney, who is also known as Krystal Lee, says she, ‘unlawfully and feloniously destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence with intent to impair its verity or availability in the pending or prospective official proceeding’.”
It is assumed that the complaint refers to Kelsey’s cell phone and that Lee, act some point after the disappearance, had it in he possession. Some reports say she is accused of disposing of it for Frazee, but those allegations have not been confirmed.
Investigators have not revealed any theories on a motive or how Kelsey was killed, but sources say that he likely wanted to get rid of her so he could move on with his life and raise his daughter on his own.
“All the facts in this case are under seal so I cannot talk to you about any potential motive,” Teller County District Attorney Dan May said.
This is a developing story and more details are expected to be known after Lee enters her plea on Friday.
Please remember Kelsey in your prayers - and also her grief-stricken family as they face this terrible tragedy.