The fiancé of the Colorado mother who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day is a cattle rancher and a horseshoer who was accused of excessive violence towards an animal, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Kelsey Berreth, 29, has been missing since November 22, and her fiancé Patrick Frazee is believed to have been the last person to see her. Frazee reportedly told police that he met with her on that Thursday to pick up their 1-year-old daughter, as the couple does not live together. A neighbor of Berreth’s told local news station KOAA that she saw a red pickup truck, likely belonging to Frazee, at Berreth’s home early Thursday afternoon, appearing to partially support the narrative Frazee gave police, though authorities have not said where or exactly what time that meeting on Thursday took place.
The Daily Mail reportedly spoke to a woman who attended a vigil for Kelsey Berreth and had previously rodeoed with Frazee, until he decided she no longer wanted him near her horses.
“He worked on my horses for a real short time till he punched one in the gut with a rasp and that was about the last time I let him work on my horses,” Michelle Guteri told the Daily Mail.
‘[He did it] just because the horse won’t stand still, it’s kind of common, but horses are very sensitive, they can sense, and my horse was very sensitive.”
Guteri said that particular incident took place years ago when Frazee was a teen, but said it is not unusual behavior.
“It’s a characteristic that was ongoing for years. Anytime he was at a rope and his horse didn’t act right, he’d rip on his face, kick him. In the community, we were all at ropings and stuff, but if the horse doesn’t do exactly what it’s supposed to do you don’t just beat them,” Guteri told the news outlet.
Other sources who claimed to have known Frazee for many years said he was a good father and unlikely to have hurt Berreth.
“He’s an old fashioned cowboy. He’s just old school, he does things the old way,” a man who did not want to be identified, and who said he last saw Frazee and his daughter in September, told the Daily Mail.
“He shoes horses modern, but he trains horses the way people used to do it, I wouldn’t say that he’s cruel or not. He’s a stand up real good guy. I’ve just known him for years and he’s a great person.”
The Daily Mail attempted to reach a former girlfriend of Frazee’s, who declined to speak, but her partner commented for the story, saying that he knew Frazee to be aggressive with horses and dogs but that he did not beat his girlfriends.
“He cheated on her while she was in the hospital, take that for what it’s worth,” the man said of his current partner’s former relationship with Frazee.