Patrick Frazee, fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, arrested for murder

Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for murder Friday morning, almost one month after Berreth vanished, sources told ABC News.

Frazee has been booked on a charge of first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder, but officials explained it may be about 10 days before he is formally charged, according to Dan May, attorney general for Colorado's 4th Judicial District.

Berreth has not been seen since Thanksgiving when she was seen at a Woodland Park Safeway store with her daughter.

At that press conference, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young revealed the timeline surrounding Berreth's disappearance, McClatchy reported on December 10.

"Like most relationships, it has ups and downs but for the most part it's a good relationship", Frazee's lawyer said of his client's relationship with Berreth when he spoke to Inside Edition earlier.

"I understand why they can't provide them", says JoDee Garretson, 50, a first cousin to Berreth's mother, Cheryl, who first reported her daughter missing on December 2, 10 days after she disappeared.

On Friday, De Young did not say when or how Berreth may have been killed but noted that investigators have recovered a "number of items" suggesting she was killed at her Woodland Park residence.

Frazee previously had told police he last saw Berreth on November 22, when he picked up their daughter, making him the last known person to report seeing Berreth alive.

"He is communicating with us through his attorney", De Young said. Frazee's arraignment has yet to be set, May said. That same day, Berreth's phone pinged from Gooding, Idaho, which is 700 miles away from her home, according to East Idaho News. "This is completely out of character", Cheryl Berreth said.

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A week after that, she was reported missing.

Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Woodland Park Police Department and the FBI were seen leaving Berreth's house Thursday with large brown bags.

He said Cheryl Berreth reported her daughter missing at 12:37 p.m. MT on December 2.

Family and friends started a Facebook page to spread and gather further information on her whereabouts.

Frazee voluntarily released his phone to be searched and allowed officers to take a DNA sample on December 12, his lawyer said. "She's reliable, considerate, and honest".

Berreth's employer, Doss Aviation, received a text message from her cellphone that day saying she planned to take the following week off.

"This has been a methodical and time consuming multi-state operation with investigators working almost around the clock to find Kelsey".

Frazee runs a cattle ranch, and prices for the industry have been poor, delaying their plans to find a house and move in together, Cheryl Berreth said.

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