'Mysterious' Texts Sent From Missing Mom's Phone

Search for Kelsey Berreth goes nationwide
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2018 2:34 PM CST
'Mysterious' Texts Sent From Missing Mom's Phone
This image shows a missing person poster on Kelsey Berreth, seen on the Woodland Park, Colo., Police Department's Facebook page on Dec. 10, 2018.   (Woodland Park Police Department via AP)

Kelsey Berreth wasn't reported missing until Dec. 2, but she was last seen in public on Nov. 22—and police recently revealed that text messages were sent from the 29-year-old Colorado mom's phone three days later. Berreth's last known location was a Safeway in her city of Woodland Park where she was captured on surveillance video shopping with her daughter, Kaylee, at 12:22pm on Thanksgiving Day, CBS News reports. Patrick Frazee, her fiancé and Kaylee's father, met her there to pick up the 1-year-old. Berreth hasn't been seen since, but on Nov. 25 her cellphone pinged almost 700 miles away, near Gooding, Idaho. Two texts were sent: one to Frazee and one telling her employer, Doss Aviation, that she wouldn't be at work the following week. It's not clear whether it was actually Berreth who sent the texts, Fox News reports, but she hasn't been heard from since.

Authorities who searched Berreth's apartment found both her cars still there along with all of her belongings except her purse; there were cinnamon rolls on the counter that had apparently remained untouched since Thanksgiving. Berreth, who moved to Woodland Park in 2016, does have relatives in Idaho, which was the last place her cellphone pinged, but her mother says she had no plans to visit them nor did she show up at any of their homes, the Gazette reports. It's not clear why Frazee, who never lived with Berreth, did not report her missing; asked whether he is a suspect, the police chief said, "At this point, he is the father of Kelsey’s daughter and we’re going to leave it at that." He added that Frazee has been cooperative and that police will "look into" the possibility of searching his home; per the Denver Post, he said there is no indication the couple was having problems. It's not clear what the text from Berreth's phone to Frazee said; both Fox and the Gazette describe the texts as "mysterious." A nationwide search is in progress, and Berreth's family has started a Facebook page with updates. (Read more missing woman stories.)

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