Patrick Frazee said ‘if there is no body, there is no crime’ after Kelsey Berreth disappeared
A longtime friend of Patrick Frazee took the witness stand in his murder trial on Friday where he revealed Frazee told him ‘if there is no body, there is no crime‘ before and after his fiancée Kelsey Berreth disappeared.
Frazee, 33, is charged with killing Berreth, 29, last year on Thanksgiving Day in her home in Woodland Park, Colorado. Her body was never found.
On Friday jurors heard from prosecution witness Joe Moore, who has been friends with the suspected killer since middle school, and revealed the chilling comments Frazee told him regarding Berreth’s disappearance.
He testified that Frazee repeatedly said to him after she was reported missing, ‘Why do they [police] keep investigating cause if there is no body, there is no crime. Why do they [police] keep questioning me,’ according to Fox.
Patrick Frazee’s longtime friend Joe Moore testified in his murder trial on Friday revealing that in April 2018 Frazee said ‘I figured out a way to kill her’ and with a grin added ‘No body, no crime, right? Frazee pictured above in April 2019
Frazee, 33, is charged with killing his fiancée Kelsey Berreth, 29, on Thanksgiving Day last year in her home in Woodland Park, Colorado. Her body was never found
On one occasion after Berreth disappeared and the Moore and Frazee were on a drive together, he recalled Frazee saying, ‘I don’t even understand why, why there’s such a big deal over this.’
‘And he’s like man, if I had known it was going to blow up this big, I never would have …”‘ Moore added.
Moore, who ran cattle with Frazee at multiple leased ranches in Teller and Park counties, testified that Frazee revealed his plans to kill Berreth back in April.
Moore said on April 26, 2018 he was was loading bulls into a truck with Frazee when he asked how his relationship with Berreth was going. The two already had their young daughter Kaylee at the time.
‘He said “I figured out a way to kill her.” And I went “don’t even talk about s*** like that. Get that s*** out of your head,”‘ Moore recalled.
‘And he just kinda grinned and went “no body, no crime, right?” And I said “Patrick, get that out of your head,”‘ Moore added.
Moore said it was hard for him to take the witness stand on Friday.
‘Just don’t wanna … picture somebody that you’ve known that long and have trusted … you just don’t wanna think that they could do something like this,’ he said through tears. ‘We were very darn close.’
Moore said he only met Berreth twice. They first met in November 2016 before she was pregnant. She helped them move cows and Moore recalled Frazee berated her and yelled and cussed at her.
After Berreth disappeared Frazee told Moore: ‘Why do they [police] keep investigating cause if there is no body, there is no crime’. Frazee and Berreth shared a young daughter Kaylee together (family picture above), that child is now in the custody of Berreth’s parents
He recalled another bizarre conversation with Frazee after Berreth’s disappearance in which he tried to theorize that she took her own life.
‘He said “you know, if Kelsey wanted to commit suicide, she could go out to Pike National Forest and commit suicide and no one would ever find her.” I said “Patrick, if her phone is pinging up in Idaho, how can she possibly be in Pike National Forest? And he just went “huh, yeah…”‘
Moore said Frazee never seemed concerned about Berreth’s disappearance.
He also told Moore he had Berreth’s blood spattered on his clothes and shoes because she suffered a bloody nose on one occasion and injured her nose on a pole while they were herding cattle on another occasion.
Frazee’s mistress Idaho nurse Kyrstal Lee Kenney testified on Thursday saying Frazee beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat and burned her body
‘He was very curious and always asking questions because he point-blank said that he had Kelsey’s blood on his pants and he had Kelsey’s blood on his shirt and boot, and the bottom of his boot,’ Moore recalled.
‘He said “do you think they’ll be able to find any of that, even though it’s all been washed?”‘ Moore testified.
Moore’s testimony came one day after that of Frazee’s mistress Idaho nurse Kyrstal Lee Kenney.
In her bombshell account, she said Frazee told her that he beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat on November 22, 2018, Thanksgiving Day, and put her body into a black tote box that he stored in a red barn at a property he leased.
Lee said she saw Frazee burn the tote on his property after she drove to Colorado from Idaho to clean up the bloody crime scene.
She said the murder took place in front of the couple’s baby daughter Kaylee who was in the back room in her jumper when Frazee bludgeoned his fiancée to death.
Frazee was arrested for Berreth’s murder on Dec. 21, 2018, three weeks after Berreth’s mother reported her missing.
Frazee has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder, and tampering with a deceased human body.
Frazee and Berreth’s daughter Kaylee is in the custody of Berreth’s parents.
His mistress Kenney testified against him and pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in a plea deal with prosecutors. She faces three years in prison.
Friday marked the end of the first full week of Frazee’s murder trial which started on November 1. It is slated to continue for the next three weeks. His murder trial in Teller County, Colorado continues on Tuesday.