Barry Morphew has been arrested for the murder of his wife Suzanne Morphew just days before the one-year-anniversary of her disappearance.
Suzanne was reported missing by a neighbor after the 49-year-old never returned from a bike ride near Maysville, Colorado on May 10, 2020. At the time of her disappearance, Suzanne’s husband Barry had been out of town on a construction job and their two daughters were camping. Barry had initially shown great concern for his missing wife, even posting an emotional video on Facebook stating that he would do “whatever it takes” to get her back. However, as investigators combed through Chaffee County for evidence of Suzanne’s body, Barry became the prime suspect in what is now believed to be his wife’s murder.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze stated that Barry has now been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in connection with his wife’s death.
“Today marks the culmination of hours in this comprehensive investigative effort to locate the mother of two who went missing May 10 of 2020,” Spezze said. “We’ve executed more than 135 search warrants across Colorado. We’ve interviewed more than 400 individuals in multiple states.”
Spezze noted that his team presented their findings to the District Attorney’s Office in early April and that the District Attorney agreed to move forward with the case. Although details regarding the evidence against Barry cannot yet be released to the public, District Attorney Linda Stanley revealed that she believes she can get a conviction even without having Suzanne’s remains.
“I’m the one that considers how strong my case is before I bring charges and I wouldn’t bring charges unless I was confident,” Stanley said.
Barry is currently being held at the Chaffee County Detention Facility without bond and is due to appear in court on Thursday morning.
“Today is not the day for celebration, nor does it mark the end of this investigation, rather it’s a next step in this very difficult, yet very important journey as we seek justice for Suzanne and her family,” Spezze said. Nonetheless, Stanley emphasized that the day of Barry’s arrest was “a good day for Suzanne.”