Frazee clad in bulletproof vest at Thursday's hearing

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - What started as a missing person case centered around a Woodland Park mom has turned into a national story focused on the suspected murder of Kelsey Berreth.

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Berreth's fiance, Patrick Frazee, is accused of killing her. Berreth's body has yet to be found.

Authorities in Colorado and Idaho are working together to solve the case. Few details on why Frazee was arrested have been released to the public.

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Berreth's 1-year-old daughter with Frazee will remain with her maternal grandparents, a judge decided in a custody hearing Thursday.

Berreth's parents and Frazee's mother had been fighting over custody of the little girl. The child had already been staying with Berreth's family since her father's arrest.

Frazee attended the hearing in his green-striped jail uniform. For the first time, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, which the Teller County Sheriff's Office said will be the norm from here on out.

“It protects against any kind of gunshots and most stabbing attacks, and it looks a little different than what police officers wear," said Cmdr. Greg Couch with the Teller County Sheriff's Office. "It’s a different design but the same type of material that’s in a regular police bulletproof vest.”

Couch said Frazee's vest -- and the noticeably higher security in the courthouse -- was because of how high-profile the case had become.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to take the extra security measures. ... Our job is to protect everybody involved, including the defendant."

Krystal Lee, an Idaho woman linked to Patrick Frazee, will be in court Friday in Teller County.

Lee's name first popped up in December as possibly being connected with the Kelsey Berreth disappearance. A spokesperson for the 4th Judicial District confirmed to 11 News that Lee is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Friday, but would not elaborate further, stating that the case was sealed.

Lee is not currently in custody; Couch said she is coming to Colorado on her own terms.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney posted to social media Lee was facing one count of tampering with physical evidence. In a complaint made public Tuesday, it stated the 32-year-old was accused of tampering with evidence between Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.

Berreth was last seen alive on Nov. 22.

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