Our Very First Look at Barry Morphew Behind Bars After Arrest in Alleged Murder of His Wife Suzanne
A short time after Chaffee County, Colorado authorities provided their first press statements on the arrest of 53-year-old Barry Morphew from the alleged murder of his wife Suzanne Morphew, the sheriff’s office published the first image of the suspect behind bars.
Suzanne Morphew, a 49-year-old mum of 2 in Salida, was reported missing from a neighbor May 10, 2020 after she didn’t come home from a bike ride. It was Mother’s Day. Only seven days afterwards, the suspect sat down to record some video pleading for his wife’s safe return.
“Oh Suzanne, when anyone is out there that could hear this, that has youpersonally, please, we’ll do whatever is needed to bring you back. We adore you. We miss you. The women need you. No questions asked. Yet much they need, I will do whatever is necessary to get you back. I want you so poor,” he said.
Now, just under a year after, Barry Morphew faces charges of murder that is senile, tampering with evidence, and trying to influence a public servant.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said Morphew was”taken into custody at his house.” Morphew was lonely in the time of his arrest and has been taken into custody without incident. Spezze thanked dozens of law enforcement officials in Chaffee County, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI because of their efforts in exploring this situation. Spezze said that authorities executed over 135 search warrants and interviewed over 400 people in several states.
In early Aprilthe outcome of the investigation have been presented to the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
DA Linda Stanley and her office analyzed the situation and made the decision to move forward, the sheriff said.
“I know how deeply this situation has influenced our neighborhood,” Sheriff Spezze explained.
DA Stanley also credited law enforcement for functioning day in and day out with this circumstance.
“They never quit,” she said.
Stanley was asked by a reporter how the public could have confidence that there is a powerful case against Barry Morphew if authorities would not discharge the affidavit from him.
“I would not bring charges unless I was confident,” Stanley responded.
Barry Morphew has been held in the Chaffee County detention facility, the sheriff said. Morphew is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time. He has retained a lawyer.
Curious about the alleged source of departure, DA Stanley explained:”Without the body, we’d not be able to state that openly.”
“We think that [Suzanne] isn’t alive,” the sheriff added.
Reporters were frustrated by how little information Stanley and Spezze supplied after this significant development from the year-long case. Authorities promised that a news release would soon follow that comprised a mugshot. That’s what happened. The news release repeated a lot of the Exact Same basic advice that has been given in the presser:
He’s being held in the Chaffee County Detention Facility without bond. A mugshot of Morphew is attached to this news release.
Morphew’s first court date will be the advisement in which any bond discussions will be heard. The arrest warrant is sealed at this time.
Greater than 70 researchers in the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and dozens of local law enforcement agency partners have provided their experience on this instance, executed over 135 search warrants across Colorado, and have interviewed over 400 people in several nations. The group has also investigated over 1,400 suggestions generated from inside and out of law enforcement.
Back in Sept. 2020, Jeffrey Puckett, a guy who was hired to do contracting work for Barry Morphew, told Fox 21 News that a Holiday Inn area in Broomfield — which Barry compensated for him to remain in the weekend Suzanne vanished — reeked of”chlorine”
“I have there Sunday night and the room smelled like chlorine actual bad,” he said. “It was his room and he’d taken a shower — his towels were all around the floor.”
Puckett said he also found mail addressed Barry Morphew in a garbage can within the room.
“My first idea was,’alibi.’ When I discovered the email the morning after, just kinda looked like an alibi,” Puckett said.
Barry Morphew denied that there was any foul play and said that Puckett had done prison time in the past.
“I didn’t do nothing wrong from the resort. There’s cameras all over that place. I really did nothing wrong,” Morphew said. Then he proposed the room may have smelled like chlorine since the resort was taking extra cleaning precautions due to COVID-19.
“I smelled it also when I was in there,” he said.
Puckett remembered Morphew departing the resort in a rush, citing a household emergency.
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