Divorced mother-of-two Krystal Lee is being investigated over her role in the mystery of the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth
This is the nurse at the center of the fiancée murder case who is suspected of disposing of the dead woman’s cellphone.
Divorced mother-of-two Krystal Lee is being investigated over her role in the mystery of the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth.
Lee, 32, is believed to have been having an affair with Patrick Frazee who has been charged with Berreth’s murder even though her body has not been found.
Lee, who lives in Twin Falls, Idaho, has not been formally identified by police as the woman they are investigating, but sources confirm she is the woman involved.
ABC News reported Monday that a nurse was a person of interest in the case and was believed to have disposed of Berreth’s phone in the days after she had last been seen alive.
Now DailyMail.com can reveal that that person is Lee, who works as a pre-op nurse at the St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. She has now been placed on a leave of absence, the hospital confirms.
She was born Krystal Kenney and married rancher Chad Lee in October 2010. After having two children the marriage ended in divorce in June 2016 according to court records.
During their marriage the couple lived in an isolated six-bedroom farmhouse overlooking a canyon in Kimberly, Idaho, seven miles east of Twin Falls. ‘No Trespassing’ notices were posted at the house on Thursday and a brand new chain was strung across the long drive.
DailyMail.com spoke with two people who know Lee professionally, and they both said that they had been told that Frazee was having an affair with her. The couple had met at a rodeo.
Patrick Frazee leaves the Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek on Monday
Custody of the 14-month-old baby was granted to the parents of Kelsey Berreth last week (Kelsey with her mother and daughter Kaylee)
Sheila Frazee (pictured right) filed a motion declaring she wanted parental rights to the infant
Sheila Frazee was even detained (right) when he was arrested, but never charged or accused of being involved in the death of Berreth
Police believe that Frazee murdered the mother-of-his child at their home in Woodland Park, Colorado, around Thanksgiving. Woodland Park is a 12½-hour drive from Twin Falls. But they have still not located her remains.
Her cell phone ‘pinged’ off a tower in Idaho’s rural Gooding County, just north of Twin Falls, three days after she was last seen. Police believe that Lee had visited Frazee, for the holiday at his home in Florissant, Colorado.
Berreth’s mother Cheryl first reported her missing on December 2.
Frazee, 30, and Berreth, 29, have a one-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who is now the subject of a custody battle between the former couple’s two sets of parents. A judge ruled that the maternal grandparents should have custody for now, despite a motion from Frazee’s mother Sheila that she should live with her at the home she shared with her son.
Sheila has remained a staunch defender of her son through this all, despite not speaking publicly once. The mother-of-three has been at all of her son’s hearings.
And she was even detained when he was arrested, but never charged or accused of being involved in the death of Berreth.
But while his mother has not spoken out, Tamra Freeman, a friend of Frazee’s says she still has faith that he is innocent. She told CNN that Frazee felt ‘railroaded’ by police investigating the case.
“I still refuse to believe that he’s done this until I see the evidence,” said Freeman, who claims Frazee told her his relationship with Berreth ended over a year ago and their only contact regarded Kaylee.
Frazee appeared in court in Teller County, Colorado on Friday for the third time this week. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation of first-degree murder on New Year’s Eve.
He had been plotting the murder for close to three months, according to court documents filed on Monday. A judge set a preliminary hearing for February. Frazee is being held in custody without bond.
Last image: Kelsey Berreth was last seen at a supermarket on Thanksgiving with her daughter Kaylee, 1, (above) but Frazee previously told authorities he saw his fiancee later that day
The three first degree counts of solicitation to commit murder all state that ‘between and including September l, 2018 and November 1,2018, Patrick Frazee unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entreated, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree.’
That would have been just a few months after Berreth purchased a home in Woodland Park for herself and her daughter.
She spent $184,900 on a two-bedroom property about 15 miles away from the 35-acre ranch where Frazee lived with his mother.
That home is where authorities believe Berreth was murdered on or around November 22.
Berreth was last seen at a Safeway store in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving.