Tuesday, November 11, marks exactly six months since Suzanne Morphew disappeared from Chaffee County.
Morphew went missing after allegedly going for a bike ride on Mother’s Day while her family was out of town. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the 11th Judicial District have been working intensively to find the Colorado mother, but to no avail.
After looking into hundreds of tips and conducting several interviews and expansive searches, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze thanked Morphew’s community via Facebook for their assistance and patience as the investigators continue to work on the case.
“Suzanne is missing,” Spezze wrote on Tuesday evening. “We in law enforcement hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. The worst-case scenario is that something unlawful occurred, and as such we go about our investigation ensuring we are working within the rules of law and treating everything we learn as potential evidence for court.”
Spezze assured the public that Morphew’s case remains a top priority for the sheriff’s office, despite the few updates that have been released in recent months. In fact, the task force assigned to the case is investigating Morphew’s social media presence. Spezze suspects that Morphew may have kept in touch with her closest friends via Facebook, Instagram, Voxer, FaceTime or WhatsApp.
“To preserve the integrity of this investigation, we cannot reveal all we have learned nor all we are doing, but we understand your frustration in wanting this case resolved quickly,” Spezze said. “That said, with each day that passes, we learn new information in this case.” The sheriff’s office encourages anyone who had communicated with Morphew around her disappearance or has communicated with her since to reach out via anonymous tip line at (719) 312-7530.
Spezze noted that people often do not come forward with information out of concern that they may get someone in trouble. “To those who may be fearful to come forward, they can reach out anonymously. Once investigators know your concerns, they can address them,” the sheriff wrote in his Facebook post.
Although her husband, Barry Morphew, has been a person of interest in Suzanne’s disappearance, no leads have implicated the construction contractor as a prime suspect thus far. In the early fall, Suzanne’s brother, Andy Moorman, conducted a five-day search that enlisted the help of law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers. Beginning on September 24, the search yielded no new evidence.
Moorman believes that his sister was murdered but hopes to find closure by uncovering her body. This case currently remains under investigation.