New details have surfaced in the search for a missing Colorado mother about her husband, who has come under increasing scrutiny in the months following her disappearance.
Barry Morphew, the husband of Suzanne Morphew, who vanished on Mother’s Day (May 10) after going for a bicycle ride, allegedly hired a landscaper who he has been accused of being romantically involved with.
But Morgan Gentile, the landscaper Barry Morphew reportedly hired, said the rumors about a possible affair between the two are false.
"I got treated through all this just like I'm the other woman, even though I'm not the other woman," Gentile told Fox21News. "I just happen to be a woman."
However, she told the Daily Mail she’s “scared” of Barry and claimed he was acting strangely around the time of Suzanne’s disappearance.
“I don’t want to see him again, ever,” she told the Daily Mail.
She also told Fox21News that the Colorado dad was “acting really weird” and “seemed stressed.”
“I was like, 'Barry, what's up?" she recalled telling Barry.
The day before Suzanne's disappearance, Gentile had been scheduled to landscape for the Morphews all day. However, shortly before noon that day, Barry allegedly told her he had planned some romantic activities for his soon-to-be missing wife, and she could be dismissed early.
"He said that he had to go make his wife happy — do some hiking or biking. And I found out, like, later that day that he was in town all day," Gentile said to Fox21News.
On May 10, a “frantic” Barry reportedly tried hiring her once more, this time at a work site approximately 150 miles away. She again consented to the work and traveled with one of his contractors, Jeff Puckett, to the project.
Barry supposedly never showed up to work, claiming he needed to attend to a family emergency. The two workers then checked into a motel that Morphew requested they stay in. There, Puckett told the Daily Mail he found what he suspected were chlorine-drenched towels.
Barry, meanwhile, told Fox21News the chlorine was likely from the pool or a detergent the hotel used.
He’s also repeatedly denied having an affair or having been involved in any way in his wife’s disappearance.
"Everybody's out there saying, 'Oh, you got a girlfriend, you must have had an affair,'" he told Fox21News. “There's nobody. There's never been another love in my life."
Barry had previously suggested his wife may have been attacked by wildlife. Extensive search efforts have turned up few clues, although Suzanne's bicycle was later found by police.
Some relatives suspect Suzanne was taken against her will.
"The bicycle was not ridden over the hill," her brother Andrew Moorman told Fox21News. "It was thrown there by human hands."
Neighbors reported Suzanne missing. The Colorado woman’s daughters were supposedly away at the time she vanished. The family has continued to organize searches for her in the months since she’s been reported missing.
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