The brother of a missing Colorado woman is pleading with her husband to “step up to the plate” and cooperate with authorities.
Suzanne Morphew, 49, disappeared May 10 – Mother's Day – after she had allegedly left for a solo bike ride and never returned home. Her bicycle was found the next day but there was no sign of the missing mom.
Her husband, Barry Morphew, recently told local station KXRM-TV, he thought the Chafee County Sheriff’s Office had “completely obliterated” evidence at the scene that could have possibly given clues to what happened to the 49-year-old.
“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,” he told the station.
He suggested his wife may have been attacked on the path by a mountain lion and driven her bike over the edge of a hill, had an accident, or may have had a run-in with someone and met with foul play.
But Suzanne’s family believes Barry more may know than he’s telling authorities.
Her brother, Andy Moorman, told Fox News that while he believes everyone is innocent until proven guilty, he was concerned when he learned that Barry had refused to take a police polygraph and urged his brother-in-law to “take the time to revisit” the authorities.
"Put my mind at ease and everybody out there's mind at ease if you want to shut the rumors down. That's the way you do it. You need to find your wife. That should be your only goal is to find your wife and whatever you're asked to do by the authorities is what you should,” he said. “If you're not guilty, step up to the plate."
Suzanne’s family has alleged that CBI agents asked Barry to take a polygraph on two separate occasions but he had declined, according to an earlier report by KXRM-TV.
However, when Barry spoke to the news station himself, he denied those claims.
“I’ve never been asked to do a polygraph,” he said. "There is nothing that I am hiding. I have given ... 30 hours of testimony to the FBI and the CBI. I’ve answered every question. Every single question.”
Suzanne’s brother has also questioned Barry’s theory that Suzanne may have been attacked by a mountain lion and told Fox News that he has been to the area where the bicycle was found.
“An animal did not attack her because there absolutely was no blood evidence and no tracks on the ground, no scent from an animal,” he said. “I stood there and looked and I realized that nobody rode over the side of that hill. There would have been signs of a struggle or you would have been skinned up.”
He said after visiting the area he spoke to Barry and said he didn’t believe it was possible that she had fallen down the hill.
“I said, ‘I believe a human being threw this down there,’” he said, adding that although he had contact with Barry and his nieces shortly after the disappearance, he hasn't spoken to them since.
Mooreman described his sister as “just the sweetest person ever” and said she has “two daughters without answers right now” and an 87-year-old cancer-stricken father who also needs to know what happened to his missing daughter.
“I am not going to give up,” he said. “I’m coming back out there to look.”
Last month, investigators said they haven't ruled anyone out as a suspect in the disappearance, according to local station KCNC-TV.
“This case remains very active, as more than a dozen investigators are aggressively working this case on a daily basis,” Chafee County Sheriff John Spezze said at the time. “And until we determine what happened to Suzanne, we can’t discount any scenario or formally eliminate anyone from suspicion.”
Anyone with information about the disappearance is urged to contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s tip line at (719) 312-7530.
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