ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Ellen Roth would have turned 62 on Thursday.
The Albuquerque teacher who police believe was killed by severalpeople, including her daughter-in-law, was remembered on herbirthday at Chelwood Elementary School where she taught.
"To me this is very important," said education assistantKatherine Frost.
For as long as she can, Frost will make sure her best friend isnot forgotten at the school where they both worked and met. Thepair met nearly 20 years ago at Chelwood Elementary.
"We we became close friends," said Frost.
Such close friends, she said, that she knew about Roth'ssometimes-violent relationship with her son Bryan Roth.
"I was very much in the know of what was happening," said Frost."So when the situation happened with her I was not surprised."
Police said Roth's daughter-in-law, Cathleen Roth, killed Ellenin her Albuquerque home with the help of two friends after Ellentold police Bryan stole her credit card nearly a year ago. Her bodywas found last fall buried in the Jemez Mountains. A fourth personis charged with disposing her body. Investigators said Roth diedfrom asphyixation.
Bryan is not charged with his mother's murder. He was in jail ona probation violation at the time of her death. He is behind barsnow for the charges he stole his mother's credit card, but he'sasking to have those charges dropped. A judge earlier this yearthrew out his mother's statement to police that Bryan stole hercredit card. The judge said it can't be used because she can't becross-examined. Bryan also claims police did not properly read himhis rights before he admitted to using his mother's credit cardwith his wife.
"I knew somewhere in my heart down the road that it would happenbecause I even said to her I need a key to your home," saidFrost.
It was Frost who first discovered Ellen Roth was missing. OnThursday, on what would've been her best friend's birthday Frostspent in honoring the reading teacher's memory by making sure everystudent got a book.
"I've been having a really hard time this week," Frost said."You know healing takes time and I'll get there."
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