CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — A tooth fragment will be tested for blood and DNA evidence in the case of a Colorado rancher charged with killing the mother of his child.   

The Gazette reports that investigators discovered the fragment while searching a ranch owned by Patrick Frazee, who has pleaded not guilty to killing Kelsey Berreth.

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Berreth was last seen Thanksgiving Day. Her body has not been found.    

A judge ruled Friday that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation may proceed with the testing.

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Investigators have testified that Frazee's girlfriend told police he used a baseball bat to fatally beat Berreth, then burned her body and planned to dump the remains in a landfill or river.

Their 1-year-old daughter is in the custody of her maternal grandparents.

Frazee's trial is set for Oct. 28.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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