Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested earlier this month and was charged with killing his wife who went missing on Mother’s Day 2020
A friend of a man who is being charged with killing his wife has said that he doubts anybody would be able to find the body if he really did kill her.
The unnamed friend told The Sun on Monday that Barry Morphew, 53, ‘knows the woods and Colorado better than anybody out there,’ and ‘there’s no way in the world’ police would find his wife, Suzanne’s, body.
‘If he is guilty, I doubt anybody would ever find the body,’ said the friend, whom The Sun did not name. ‘He knows those woods and Colorado better than anybody out there — he hunted and fished every day of his life.’
He added that police would not be able to ‘cover that much ground,’ and said he would be shocked if the police found Suzanne Morphew’s body without someone coming forward and saying ‘Hey, this is where it is.’
Cadaver dogs searched a two-acre plot of land Barry owned in Salida in September and picked up the cent of human remains there. The property has since been sold, and a friend of Barry’s said he doubts police would ever be able to find Suzanne’s body if Barry had killed her
Morphew was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in his wife’s disappearance last Mother’s Day
Morphew had been arrested by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office earlier this month, nearly one year after a neighbor reported Suzanne, 49, missing after she went on a bike ride and did not return.
Her body has still not been found.
He is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in his wife’s disappearance.
In the interview with The Sun, the friend said he was ‘shocked’ by Morphew’s arrest.
‘I’m honestly shocked that they charged him with murder because you have to be missing for a year to be declared dead, so they didn’t have a death certificate when they arrested him,’ the friend said.
‘They have circumstantial evidence I guess, but they’ve not released what they have,’ he continued. ‘So if you have that much evidence to say that she’s dead, why did they not get a death certificate?’
The friend also claimed that neither Suzanne nor Barry were ever unfaithful.
‘From an outsider’s perspective they had a great relationship,’ he said, ‘that’s why it caught everybody by surprise.
‘They weren’t the couple that I would worry about. I mean it wasn’t like the police got called on him for domestic violence or anything like that.’
One week after Suzanne’s disappearance, Barry made a video pleading for her safe return
Barry and Suzanne, pictured on their wedding day, were married for 26 years before Suzanne disappeared on Mother’s Day 2020
Prosecutors have not found Suzanne’s body, and have not shared how they were able to charge Barry Morphew, but mentioned evidence of an alleged ‘incident’ shortly before Suzanne’s apparent death
One week after Suzanne’s disappearance after going for a bike ride from the luxurious wood-framed house she shared with Barry in Poncha Springs, he made a video, pleading for her safe return. He also offered a $200,000 reward for information.
Suzanne’s sister Melinda Moorman has said the Morphews were under ‘financial strain’ and that family problems had left her ‘scared’ on the last day she was seen alive.
She told Inside Edition that her sister had sent her a text message the Friday before her disappearance that said she was afraid of Barry.
‘It was very lengthy. It was very powerful. It was very revealing,’ Moorman said of the text message. ‘She had been ready to share some things close to her chest. She said she was scared.’
Moorman also told CBS Denver that money worries were straining Suzanne and Barry’s 26 year marriage around the time of her disappearance.
She said: ‘I think pressures and stresses in life, I think financial pressure bears in on people very heavily.
‘It creates an atmosphere of discontent and strife and sometimes living beyond your means is a very hard thing to do.
‘Learning to be content with what you have is a very powerful thing in this life, and it brings great peace, and I don’t think Barry and Suzanne had gotten there yet, and that’s what I think kinda happened and I can’t really say more than that.’
Suzanne ran a non-profit and disappeared after going for a bike ride near the home she shared with Barry last Mother’s Day. Her body has still not yet been found
Suzanne ran a non-profit while Barry ran a landscaping business, and worked as a part-time firefighter.
Throughout the investigation and last Wednesday’s arrest, Barry has maintained his innocence.
He claims he was in Denver for a volunteer firefighter training session when his wife vanished.
DailyMail.com later reporting the hotel room he’d stayed in had reeked of bleach the next day – even though the hotel said it did not use such products to sanitize its rooms.
Barry repeatedly tried to convince the public, authorities and Suzanne’s family that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.
He has also thrown out several theories as to her whereabouts including that an animal attacked her while she was on a bike ride, that she had gotten into an accident on the road or – later – that she had been abducted by an unknown assailant.
Investigators discounted a theory that Suzanne had been attacked by an animal, and said they found a personal item – believed to be a bicycle helmet – while searching along a road around 20 miles from her home.
Barry has also taken aim at cops for ‘screwing up’ the investigation and shared private photos and love notes between the couple in an effort to prove his innocence.
But Morphew has also been charged with voter fraud after he submitted a mail-in ballot voting for President Trump in his wife’s name five months after she vanished on Mother’s Day.
Authorities say the ballot did not have Suzanne’s signature on it but listed her husband as a witness.
When questioned by an FBI agent in April over the ballot, Morphew said he submitted it because he ‘wanted Trump to win’.
‘I know she (Suzanne) was going to vote for Trump anyways,’ he allegedly told the agent.
‘I figured all these other guys are cheating,’ he said, adding he thought he would ‘give him another vote’.
Morphew allegedly said he didn’t know submitting a ballot on behalf of a spouse was illegal.
‘I didn’t know you couldn’t do that for your spouse,’ he said.
It is not clear whether Morphew filed the ballot because he wanted Trump to win or to make it appear as though his wife was still alive.
TIMELINE OF SUZANNE MORPHEW’S DISAPPEARANCE
May 8, 2020: Suzanne is last seen by locals in her hometown of Salida, Colorado
May 10: Suzanne is reported missing after her daughters, Mallory and Macy, return from a camping trip in Idaho and were unable to make contact with their mom. Police theorize Suzanne had set off on a solo bike ride as her bicycle was missing from her home. Her husband, Barry, is reportedly out of town at the time. Her bike was discovered a short distance from her $1.5 million home the same day.
May 11: Police launch large-scale search of the rural areas around Salida, complete with drones and cadaver dogs. There is no sign of Suzanne
May 15: A personal item of Suzanne’s – believed to be her bike helmet – is discovered a short distance from her home
May 17: Barry Morphew releases a public video tearfully begging for Suzanne to come home and offering a $100,000 reward for her safe return
May 19: Investigators seize the Morphew home to carry out a thorough search of the property. They are seen leaving the property with evidence bags. The home is later handed back to the family
May 22: Investigators conduct a three day search at a riverfront property around 12 miles from Barry and Suzanne’s home. Barry had reportedly completed landscaping work at the residence shortly before Suzanne’s disappearance
July 10: Police search the Morphew home for a second time, seizing more evidence from the property
August 11: Barry gives his first interview since Suzanne’s disappearance. He insists he has nothing to do with her mysterious vanishing
September 3: Barry’s co-workers reveal he spent the night before Suzanne’s disappearance at a cheap hotel in Denver and left the room reeking of chlorine
September 24: Suzanne’s brother, Andy Moorman, launches his own six-day search to find his sister, saying he believes she was ‘murdered’
October 14: Barry shares old photos and love letters from Suzanne in a bid to prove his innocence
November 18: Suzanne’s father, Gene Moorman, passes away. In his obituary, Suzanne is ‘presumed dead’
March 5, 2021: Barry and Suzanne’s $1.5 million home in Salida is sold after six months on the market
May 5, 2021: Barry is arrested on charges for murdering Suzanne