CrimeOnline has obtained the court filings in the wrongful death case against Patrick Frazee, who is the subject of a civil lawsuit filed by Kelsey Berreth’s parents.
Nancy Grace and her guests will discuss the lawsuit in more detail on Monday’s episode of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.” As Nancy and her legal experts will explain, the lawsuit appears to be intended as an investigatory tool rather than an effort to recover monetary damages, as Berreths’ family lawyers can now depose potential witnesses in the case against Patrick Frazee and perhaps uncover information that could lead to the discovery of Berreth’s body.
The 29-year-old pilot and mother of a 1-year-old daughter has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day. Frazee, the father of her daughter, was arrested last month and is facing five felony charges in connection to her presumed murder, including three separate counts of solicitation of first-degree murder.
The language in the civil lawsuit suggests that the plaintiffs believe, as authorities have indicated, the Frazee may not have acted alone in Berreth’s alleged murder.
The documents allege that Berreth “was murdered on or about November 22, 2018, at the direction and/or hand of Frazee in or about Woodland Park, Teller County, state of Colorado.”
The lawsuit also accuses Frazee of enacting “physical, mental, and emotional acts of violence upon Kelsey Berreth prior to her death” and alleges that he “breached the duty of care with which a reasonable person should conduct himself toward another human being.”
Authorities said in a press conference announcing Frazee’s arrest last month that addition arrests were a strong possibility, but no additional suspects have been named. Multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation reportedly told ABC News last week that a nurse in Idaho believed to have been involved in a relationship with Frazee is being investigated on suspicion that she disposed of Berreth’s cell phone, which pinged in Idaho three days after Berreth disappeared.
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