Suzanne Morphew's body won't be found if Barry Morphew killed her, says friend: 'He knows the woods too well'
CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLORADO: Earlier this month, just shy of a year since Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office arrested her husband, Barry Morphew. He was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant. Now, a friend of Barry Morphew says that he doubts anybody would be able to find Suzzane’s body if he really did kill her. And her body is yet to be found.
The investigation into Suzanne’s disappearance began on May 10, 2020, when a neighbor reported the mother-of-two missing after she didn’t return from a bike ride. Her husband said he was away from their home in Maysville, Colorado, on a work trip that day. The sheriff’s office quickly called a search-and-rescue team but to no avail.
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Days later, police found Suzanne’s bicycle along with unidentified personal items. In August 2020, Barry spoke to the media and said, “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,” adding that law enforcement “completely destroyed the evidence” when they found the bike.
Barry was arrested near his new home in Poncha Springs, Colorado, at 9.15 am on May 5. Now, an unnamed friend of Barry speaking to tabloids has said that Barry “knows the woods and Colorado better than anybody out there,” and that “there's no way in the world' police would find his wife, Suzanne's, body. If he is guilty, I doubt anybody would ever find the body.”
This friend said: “He knows those woods and Colorado better than anybody out there — he hunted and fished every day of his life,” adding that police would not be able to “cover that much ground”. He said that he would be shocked if the police found Suzanne's body without someone coming forward and saying “Hey, this is where it is.”
The friend also said that he was “shocked” by Barry's arrest. “I'm honestly shocked that they charged him with murder because you have to be missing for a year to be declared dead, so they didn't have a death certificate when they arrested him,” he said. “They have circumstantial evidence I guess, but they've not released what they have. So if you have that much evidence to say that she's dead, why did they not get a death certificate?”
He claimed that neither Suzanne nor Barry were ever unfaithful. “From an outsider's perspective they had a great relationship, that's why it caught everybody by surprise,” he said. “They weren't the couple that I would worry about. I mean it wasn't like the police got called on him for domestic violence or anything like that.”
Following Barry’s arrest, Suzanne’s sister Melinda Moorman said she was relieved. “I’m just so grateful for law enforcement,” Moorman said. “They have fought the fight for her and today justice is beginning for my sister.”