By Tony Keith / kktv.com
CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – A Colorado man is now suspected of murder, nearly one year after his wife disappeared.
Suzanne Morphew went missing on May 10, 2020, Mother’s Day, while out for a bike ride near her Chaffee County home. To date, multiple law enforcement agencies have conducted numerous searches and taken hundreds of tips. Our previous coverage on her case can be found here.
According to the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the body of Suzanne Morphew has still not been found and the affidavit for Barry is sealed from the public.
“Today is not the day for celebration, nor does it mark the end of our investigation,” Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said on Wednesday. ““Every action in our investigation our investigators took in the past year led to today’s arrest.”
According to online court records, her husband Barry Morphew is now facing the following charges:
-Murder, after deliberation
-Tampering with physical evidence
-Attempt to influence a public servant
The FBI has also been involved in the case. 11 News reached out for more information on what led up to the arrest and the following was sent:
“I can confirm that Mr. Morphew has been arrested, and I recommend you reach out to Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office for details,” Courtney Bernal with the Denver FBI Division wrote to 11 News. “The FBI continues to work with the Chaffee County SO, the 11th District Attorney’s Office, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.”
11 News has confirmed Morphew is in jail in Chaffee County. Barry is scheduled to be in court on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for his advisement.
More than 70 investigators from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and dozens of local law enforcement agency partners have provided their expertise on this case, executed more than 135 search warrants across Colorado, and have interviewed more than 400 individuals in multiple states. The team has also investigated more than 1,400 tips.
TIMELINE OF THE CASE:
-May 10, 2020: Suzanne Morphew goes missing.
-May 11, 2020: Search crews are called to the area she was believed to be in near hear Chaffee County home.
-May 15, 2020: Items belonging to Suzanne were found
-May 17, 2020: Barry, the husband of Suzanne, shares a video with the public asking for help with finding her. It can be viewed at the bottom of this article
-May 19, 2020: Authorities search the Morphew home
-May 22, 2020: A separate residential property is searched, where a concrete foundation had just been poured
-May 5, 2021: Barry Morphew is arrested