Colorado authorities are testing a tooth fragment found at the home of accused killer Patrick Frazee to determine if it belongs to Kelsey Berreth, who has not been seen since Thanksgiving.
According to CNN, a judge in Teller County ruled on Friday that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation can perform consumptive testing on a possible tooth fragment on behalf of the prosecution. Consumptive testing means that the evidence will be destroyed during the process; in this case, apparently because of the small size of the sample.
KOAA reports that the ruling includes a provision that the defense team can have an expert present to oversee the testing.
Frazee and Berreth had been engaged near the time of her presumed murder, but did not live together and may have dissolved the relationship just ahead of the 29-year-old’s disappearance. They share a toddler daughter, who is currently in the custody of her maternal grandparents. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Krystal Lee Kenney, a friend of Frazee’s, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in exchange for her testimony, and told investigators that Frazee murdered Berreth in her apartment on November 22, and that Kenney later cleaned up the murder scene.
Frazee has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.