The mother of Kelsey Berreth, the Colorado pilot last seen shopping with her baby girl on Thanksgiving, said her daughter and daughter’s fiancé’s relationship is a “loving” one.
Berreth, 29, was last seen in public entering a Safeway grocery store in Woodland Park, north of Colorado Springs, on Nov. 22. Her fiancé, Patrick Frazee, said he last saw her later that day when he picked up their 1-year-old daughter at her home.
She wasn’t reported missing until 10 days later by her mother, Cheryl Berreth.
“I can’t think of anywhere she’s gone where she hasn’t told me,” Cheryl told NBC. “It’s just not in her character to do something, to just take off and be gone.”
Cheryl said she spoke with her daughter twice on Thanksgiving, including once when Kelsey needed the details of a recipe.
“Her voice was fine,” her mother said. “It was a normal day for her.”
Kelsey’s employer, Doss Aviation in Pueblo, received a text from Kelsey’s phone on Nov. 25 that said she wouldn’t be at work that week, police said. A text from Kelsey’s phone was also sent to her fiancé that day.
Frazee's attorney, Jeremy Loew, told NBC his client is cooperating with police. Police also said Frazee is cooperating. Frazee voluntarily released his phone to be searched by investigators and has provided cheek swabs for DNA samples, Loew said.
Frazee's absence from a press conference held on Kelsey's case Monday raised some eyebrows, but Frazee's attorney said his client would have attended had he been given more notice. Loew said he also advised Frazee against speaking publicly to avoid tainting the investigation.
The couple does not live together, but shares a 1-year-old daughter and have a strong bond, Cheryl said.
“The relationship has been good,” said Cheryl. “They’re loving.”
The same day texts were sent from Kelsey’s cellphone to her employers and to her fiancé, her phone pinged on a tower near Gooding, Idaho, about 600 miles from her home in Woodland Park, officials said.
Cheryl lives in Idaho, but has been staying in Colorado during the search for her daughter.
“I still know somebody knows where she’s at,” Cheryl said. “Somebody has seen her. There’s more information out there. Somebody just needs to realize, recognize, say something.”
Officials have classified their investigation as a missing persons case. Cheryl has also remained optimistic, saying she’s hopeful her daughter will be found.
"In the back of mind, sure, there's a possibility something else could have happened," Cheryl said. "But it does me no good to go down that road. And I don't think it does Kelsey any good either."
A candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday evening at the flagpole at Memorial Park in Woodland Park, police said.
"Please come show love and support for Kelsey and her family," they said.