Idaho nurse charged with tampering with physical evidence in Kelsey Berreth murder case

A nurse living in Twin Falls, Idaho, has been charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence in connection with the Kelsey Berreth murder case, according to Colorado prosecutors.

Kelsey Berreth
Woodland Police Department

Kelsey Berreth

Krystal Jean “Lee” Kenney is scheduled to appear in Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek on Friday for an advisement hearing, Lee Richards, spokeswoman for District Attorney Dan May, said on Tuesday.

Kenney will appear before Judge Scott Sells at 8:30 a.m., Richards said. Felony charges were filed against Kenney on Monday, according to court records. The probable cause statement has been sealed.

According to court records, Kenney is accused of committing the tampering crime on Nov. 24, two days after authorities believe Berreth was murdered.

The court records do not indicate whether Kenney is being held on bail.

Richards said she could not comment on what specific evidence Kenney allegedly tampered with, but authorities previously have said Berreth’s cellular phone was discovered in Gooding, Idaho, which is nearly 29 miles northwest of Kenney’s home in Twin Falls.

“We’re being so careful. There’s nothing I can say about this except about the hearing. It’s a sealed case. I just can’t say anything about it,” Richards said.

Richards said she has been inundated with phone calls not only from reporters in the U.S. but from media representatives around the world about the Berreth murder case.

Berreth’s former boyfriend, Patrick Frazee, 32, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder in Berreth’s death.

According to charging documents, Frazee had been trying between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 to persuade at least one other person to participate in the killing, and the first-degree murder charge involved an accusation of robbery in connection with the killing.

Patrick Frazee

The multiple solicitation charges suggest Frazee at least attempted to engage someone or multiple people to kill Berreth on three occasions.

The murder charges have been filed even though Berreth’s body remains missing. She is presumed dead, Woodland Park police Chief Miles De Young has said.

Investigators have recovered enough evidence at Berreth’s home to convince them that is where she was killed, De Young has said.

The documents say Frazee “caused” the death of Berreth in the first count. In the second count, Frazee “commanded, induced, entreated or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree,” the record said.

Although Berreth’s cell phone pinged in southern Idaho, authorities have indicated someone other than her took it out of state.

Berreth was last seen alive on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. That day, a security camera inside a Safeway grocery store recorded her shopping with her 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who is also Frazee’s daughter. Frazee told law enforcement that he had met Berreth that afternoon to pick up his daughter for a visit.

Berreth’s parents have custody of the couple’s daughter.

On Dec. 14, authorities executed a search warrant on Frazee’s 35-acre ranch in the Crystal Peaks Ranches subdivision near Florissant. The search lasted three days, but officials never reported what evidence may have been found.

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