On Mother’s Day, May 10th, 2020, Suzanne Morphew disappeared from Salida, Colorado after reportedly leaving for a morning bike ride. According to NBC News, a neighbor reported Suzanne missing after her teenaged daughters could not reach her whilst they were away on a camping trip. Suzanne’s husband, Barry Morphew, stated that the last time he saw his wife was early that morning when he left their house around 5 a.m. to tend to a landscaping job in Denver.
Although a search for Suzanne was instigated within hours of her reported disappearance, Barry did not return home until 9 p.m. that night. In an interview with Dateline, Suzanne’s brother Andy Moorman said that his sister’s bike was found on a bridge at the bottom of a hill near her home on May 10th. After booking a flight to Colorado and joining investigators in evaluating the location in which her bike was found, Andy told Fox News that he “realized that nobody rode over the side of that hill,” and instead believes that a human being threw the bike down.
One week after she went missing, on May 17th, Barry posted an emotional video appeal to a Facebook page created to aid in the search for his wife. Three months later, in a video posted by The Draper Brothers (a YouTube channel dedicated to investigating true crime), Barry spoke with Tyson Draper about his theories of what happened to Suzanne. Barry posited that Suzanne was either attacked by a mountain lion or was ran off of the road by a passing car and forced to crash. Based on her abandoned bike, Barry also suggested that Suzanne may have stumbled into the nearby river and was swept downstream or was abducted by a stranger. There have also been accusations that Barry has been uncooperative with the police and may even be involved in his wife’s disappearance.
In a recent interview with Fox21, Barry addressed these accusations by stating that, “people don’t know the truth, so they’re gonna think what they’re gonna think”. He then claimed that, “the Sheriff’s Department screwed this whole thing up from the beginning and now they are trying to cover it up and blame it on me.” Despite his late return home on May 10th, Barry stated that there was “no evidence for the investigators to see because the Sheriff’s Department completely obliterated it.” This claim is substantiated only by the assertion this his friend had been present at the scene when investigators found Suzanne’s bike.
Now, more than three months since Suzanne’s disappearance, the case remains wholly active. On August 29th, Andy held a candlelight vigil to honor his sister in their hometown of Alexandria, Indiana and announced that he is hoping to recruit more than 1,000 volunteers for a five-day search that is tentatively scheduled for September 23rd – 28th. Helping to organize the expedition is Profiling Evil, a team of experts in criminal behavior that have consulted on high-profile investigations in the past. Other than his conversation with Tyson Draper and his interview with Fox21, Barry has remained quiet and away from media attention. Speaking candidly to Barry via Fox News, Andy pleaded, “if you’re not guilty, step up to the plate,” and “take a voice analysis and a lie detector test and clear yourself”.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is encouraged to call the FBI tip line established by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at (719) 312 – 7530.