Who are Suzanne and Barry Morphew's children? Missing Colorado woman's sister hasn't seen nieces for a year
Details are gradually emerging about the family of missing Colorado woman Suzanne Morphew, after her husband Barry Morphew was arrested on charges of first-degree homicide, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant on Wednesday, May 5.
Suzanne Morphew vanished on May 10, 2020, in the Salida area, after reportedly leaving for a bike ride from the family's home near Salida, in Chaffee County, Colorado. Her body has not been found yet but investigators found an item possibly belonging to the 49-year-old woman a few days later after she vanished. Although Barry has maintained his innocence in the case over the last year, he apparently displayed some odd behavior before and after his wife's death and had some "weird" encounters that caused him to come under increased scrutiny.
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The exact developments that led to led to Barry's arrest over his wife's murder are still unknown as the arrest affidavit outlining the evidence against him has been sealed. Barry was arrested near his home without incident and was being held in jail. “Today is not the day for celebration nor does it mark the end of this investigation," said Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze. "Rather it's the next step in this very difficult yet very important journey as we seek justice for Suzanne and her family."
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The Morphews are the parents of two adult daughters — Macy and Mallory. Spezze added in the statement on Wednesday, May 5 that Suzanne deeply loved her two daughters and had a passion for life. “I believe people like Suzanne are a rare find and those who knew her were indeed very lucky,” he said.
After Barry's arrest, Suzanne's sister Melinda Moorman said she forgives her sister's husband. Moorman said that she has not had any contact with her nieces, Mallory and Macy for the span of a year. "I would say to Mallory and Macy that I've been praying for you every day and that I adore you girls as the offspring of my beautiful sister and I will never stop loving you," Moorman said. "I am here for you whenever you need me girls, I am here and I have all the love in the world for you. And I love your dad, though he has done a terrible thing, I still love him girls, and I will pray for him and I will continue to pray for him, and I will never stop. I am here waiting for you girls, whenever you need me."
On Thursday, May 6, Barry appeared in court for the first time since his arrest, wearing an orange and white striped jumpsuit. Mallory and Macy, one of whom is a minor, were present in court. They were not pictured, at the request of the judge. Both of them put on a strong show of support for their father as they mouthed “I love you” and made heart signs with their hands.
Barry mentioned the two daughters while making an appeal for wife's return
Barry Morphew recorded a tearful video after his wife went missing last year. In it, he said, "Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there and can hear this, that has you, please, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back, We love you, we miss you, your girls need you. No questions asked, however much they want — I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you, I want you back so bad.
Barry Morphew also offered a $100,000 reward for information on his wife's whereabouts. The amount was later matched by a concerned family friend.