The husband of a Colorado mother who went missing more than three months ago claims that the authorities are trying to blame him for his wife’s disappearance.
Barry Morphew’s wife, 49-year-old Suzanne Morphew, was last seen on Mother’s Day going out for a bike ride in the Maysville area. A neighbor called the the police after noticing that she failed to return home, prompting authorities to launch an investigation into the missing mother’s disappearance, but she has yet to be found. In his first interview since his wife’s disappearance, Barry Morphew, who shares two daughters with Suzanne, defended himself to Fox 21 News and stated that he and his family are still hopeful.
“This is the most devastating thing that has ever happened to me,” he said. “But I have got to keep my faith and trust in God. And Suzanne trusted the Lord and if one person got saved from this, she would think it was worth it. And we are just a Godly, loving, caring, family and this thing is just a tragedy.”
Very little is known about what happened to Suzanne Morphew after she left for a bike ride on the evening of May 10, 2020. Hundreds of people joined in the search for the mother of two, and a break in the case came when authorities, while searching an area near her home, found Suzanne Morphew’s bike and an undisclosed personal item. However, no further updates to the case have been made public, CBS 4 previously reported.
Barry Morphew has not spoken publicly about his missing wife beyond a May Facebook video pleading for her return. In Thursday’s interview, he accused the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office of mishandling the search for Suzanne.
“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 outlet. He then referred to the sheriff’s office finding his wife’s bike, and claimed that they tainted the scene.
“My buddy was there right after that, and he said that they completely destroyed the evidence, and he tried to stop them, but they wouldn’t listen to him and said, ‘This is not CSI,’” he said. “There’s no evidence for the investigators to see because the sheriff’s department completely obliterated it.”
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze has declined to provide comment to Fox 21, but has previously stated that the investigation remains active and detectives are “aggressively” working the case.
Family members have stated that Barry Morphew was out of town when his wife disappeared, according to CBS 4. Speaking to Fox 21, Morphew said that he has done the best he could to answer investigators’ questions and has never declined to speak with the authorities. He also explained his decision to remain tight-lipped amid the search for his wife, and suggested that it had to do with the public’s perception of him.
“I am afraid of what is out there,” he told the station. “People don’t know the truth, so they’re gonna think what they’re gonna think.”
Barry Morphew speculated that his wife may have been attacked by an animal, involved in an accident, or ran into someone she knows, according to Fox 21. He stated that he and his wife “have been in love since 1988 and she’s the love of my life.”
“And I continue to search for her every day and I will until I find her,” he continued. “I promise and I promised my girls that.”
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