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Barry Morphew, the husband of missing Colorado woman Suzanne Morphew, has been charged with her murder nearly a year after she vanished.
Barry Morphew, who works in landscaping, was arrested on Wednesday at one of his job sites and charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, Colorado’s KXRM reports.
Suzanne, 49, vanished on Mother’s Day of 2020 after going for a bicycle ride in Chaffee County. Since her disappearance, her husband has been accused of infidelity. He's denied having an affair and has said he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance. Barry previously suggested that Suzanne could have been attacked by wildlife.
“I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you and I want you back so bad,” Barry pleaded in a Facebook video, posted last May, just days after his wife vanished. That video seemed to infer that he believed someone could be holding her captive; he alluded to a possible ransom, saying he’d pay anything to free her.
It’s unclear what evidence led to Barry's arrest. Suzanne’s body has yet to be found but her bicycle was found soon after she went missing. Extensive search efforts in the past have turned up few obvious clues.
Relatives have said that Barry was in Denver when Suzanne disappeared, KCNC reports.
In addition to murder and tampering with evidence, Barry has also been charged with attempting to influence a public servant, local outlet KDVR reports.
“My first reaction is relief,” Melinda Moorman, Suzanne’s sister told KXRM, following the arrest. “And grateful. I’m just so grateful.”
She added that she still loves her brother-in-law, “though he’s done a terrible thing.”
Suzanne and Barry have two daughters together.
“I want the world to know that my sister was the darling of our family,” Moorman told KXRM on Wednesday. “She was the rose among thorns. That’s what I used to call her.”
It’s not clear if Barry Morphew has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
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