Suzanne Morphew case: Colorado man arrested on first-degree murder charge, nearly one year after wife’s disappearance

The husband of a Colorado woman who has been missing for nearly a year has been arrested in connection with her murder, according to police.

Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested Wednesday morning on multiple charges, including first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, according to a news release from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department.

His wife, Suzanne Morphew, 49, disappeared after leaving her home for a bike ride on May 10, 2020. Her case caught national attention from features on shows like “Profiling Evil” and “Dr. Oz.”

Barry Morphew is being held in Chaffee County Detention Facility without bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Suzanne’s body has still not been found, said 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley. The affidavit outlining evidence against Barry Morphew is sealed.

“I wouldn’t bring charges unless I was confident,” Stanley said.

Sheriff John Spezze in a news conference Wednesday afternoon said that the day was a culmination of information found over the past year. Police have executed more than 135 search warrants across Colorado, and interviewed more than 400 people in multiple states, he said. The Federal and Colorado Bureaus of Investigation both helped with the investigation, he said. 

“Today is not the day for celebration nor does it mark the end of this investigation. Rather it’s the next step in this very difficult yet very important journey as we seek justice for Suzanne and her family,” Spezze said.

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YouTube show “Profiling Evil” covered the case in September, recruiting hundreds of volunteers to help with the Chaffee County search. Dr. Mehmet Oz and Nancy Grace discussed the case in October. 

Barry Morphew was reportedly out of town on the day his wife went missing. 

A week after she went missing, he posted a video on Facebook pleading for the mother of two’s safe return.

“No questions asked, however much they want, I will do whatever it takes to get you back,” he said.

But reports have brought into question his involvement, particularly claims that he cleaned his Denver hotel room the day of Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance. 

Andy Moorman, Suzanne Morphew’s brother, announced in mid-September he was recruiting volunteers to conduct an independent search.

“I need to find her, need to bring her home, give her a proper burial and closure for my family,” he told KMGH-TV before the Sept. 24 search began. “And that’s my point. I’m not about finding somebody guilty or trying to inflict punishment on anyone. That’s not my job. That’s the law enforcement’s job.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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