The husband of a Colorado woman who’s been missing since Mother’s Day took to social media over the weekend to plead for her safe return.
Suzanne Morphew, 49, was last seen on the evening of May 10, when she went for a bike ride in the Maysville area, where she lived, and failed to return, according to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. Her loved ones have been searching tirelessly for her in the days since, and on Sunday, Morphew’s husband, Barry Morphew, took to Facebook to share a message regarding his wife’s disappearance.
"Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you: please, we'll do whatever it takes to bring you back,” he said. “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 and I want you back so bad.”
The short video was posted to a Facebook page called “Find Suzanne Morphew,” and is credited as being provided by the Morphew family. It also includes the number of a tip line that’s been set up for callers to contribute information relevant to the case.
The clip did not include the name of the speaker, but local outlet KMGH-TV identified the man pleading for Morphew’s return as her husband.
More than 100 people, including search and rescue teams and tracking dogs, scoured the area after Morphew was reported missing, authorities have said. Numerous organizations, including the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are working together on the search, and on Sunday, divers from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office searched bodies of water in the area, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said in a recent release.
During a search of a 2.5-mile area near a local highway on Thursday, investigators found a personal item that they believe belongs to Morphew, but they did not disclose what that item was. Her bicycle was recovered, but authorities were tight-lipped regarding what condition it was in, according to CBS Denver.
The sheriff’s office has asked that residents hold on to any personal surveillance footage — such as the kind captured with doorbell and security cameras — taken from May 8 through May 12 in the event that investigators need to study it.
“One of the most helpful ways the community can aid in the search of Suzanne Morphew is by preserving these recordings,” Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said on Sunday. “We are aware that some systems override video after several days, and we want to ensure video remains available if needed.”
Morphew was reported missing by a neighbor who noticed that she didn't return home after going out to ride her bike, authorities previously said.
Those close to Morphew have said that her husband was in Denver when she went missing, according to CBS Denver. Barry Morphew last week announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to his wife’s return, and an unknown family friend has since doubled that reward to $200,000, the outlet reports.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has encouraged anyone with any information regarding Morphew’s disappearance to call the tip line at 719-312-7530.
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