SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The human remains found in a trash container behind a home this summer belonged to a 27-year-old woman from Florida. Springfield police have released no information about the remains, but her identity was revealed by Marionville Police Chief Mark Webb, whose nose led investigators to the body.
Webb says the woman was Kelly Frech, born July 3, 1984. In a strange twist of fate, police found her body on July 3, 2012, in the trash container behind 1231 W. Edgewood St., next to Fort Avenue. That was the home of Adam Bergseth, who was shot dead by Marionville Police Officer Danny Hughes on June 30. Bergseth attacked the officer with a pair of scissors outside an apartment building in Marionville before Hughes shot him.
Webb says Bergseth was driving a car with Florida license plates before he was shot. It turns out the car was registered to Frech. Webb says the car smelled as if someone or something had died in it. That smell is what led Marionville and Springfield police to check out Bergseth’s home, where they found the human remains.
The Greene County medical examiner said a few weeks ago that he’d identified the body using dental records, but he left it up to Springfield police to release the name. Springfield Police Department spokesman Cpl. Matt Brown said detectives asked for DNA analysis of the remains to verify the identity, and weren’t willing to release the name of the woman, even though they’d been in contact with her family.
Webb said Friday that he’s talked to Frech’s parents about the case. He wasn’t willing to give a reporter the names of those parents. Webb said Frech was not married. He isn't sure how Frech and Bergseth became acquainted. On the night he was killed, Bergseth may have been in Marionville to try to meet another woman whom he met online.
In addition to using Frech’s car, Webb says Bergseth also was using Frech’s credit card. He said Dennis' Place, a bar in Springfield, refused to honor the credit card when Bergseth tried to pay a tab with it, and Bergseth left. That was two weeks before Bergseth was killed in Marionville.