Our Very First Look at Barry Morphew Behind Bars After Arrest in Alleged Murder of His Wife Suzanne
A short time afterwards Chaffee County, Colorado police provided their first press statements on the arrest of 53-year-old Barry Morphew in the murder of his wife Suzanne Morphew, the sheriff’s office released the first picture of the suspect behind bars.
Suzanne Morphew, a 49-year-old mum of two from Salida, had been reported missing from a neighbor on May 10, 2020 after she did not return home from a bike ride. Only seven days later, the suspect sat down to record some video pleading for his wife’s safe return.
“Oh Suzanne, when anybody is out there that could hear this, that’s youpersonally, please, we will do anything it takes to bring you back. We love you. We miss you. The women want you. No questions asked. Yet much they need, I’ll do anything is required to get you back. Honey, I love you. I want you back so poor,” he said.
Now, just under a year later, Barry Morphew faces charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze stated Morphew had been”taken into custody at his house.” Morphew was lonely at the time of his arrest and was 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 case. Spezze reported that police executed more than 135 research warrants and interviewed more than 400 people in a number of 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 reviewed the case and made the choice to move forward, the sheriff said.
“I understand how profoundly this case has impacted our neighborhood,” Sheriff Spezze said.
DA Stanley also blamed law enforcement for functioning day in and day out on this situation.
“They never quit,” she said.
Stanley was asked by a reporter how the people would have confidence that there is a strong case against Barry Morphew if police would not discharge the affidavit against him.
“I would not bring charges unless I was confident,” Stanley responded.
Barry Morphew is being held at the Chaffee County detention centre, the sheriff said. He’s retained a lawyer.
Asked about the alleged cause of departure, DA Stanley said:”with no human body, we would not have the ability to say that openly.”
“We believe that [Suzanne] is not living,” the sheriff added.
Reporters were frustrated by how little advice Stanley and Spezze supplied after this significant advancement in the year-long case. Authorities promised that a news release would soon follow that comprised a mugshot. That’s what happened. The information release replicated much of the same basic advice that was given at the presser:
He is being held at 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 closed right now.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and its partners have invested thousands of hours in the attempt to locate the mother of two that went missing on May 10, 2020.
The team has also investigated more than 1,400 tips generated from inside and outside law enforcement.
In Sept. 2020, Jeffrey Puckett, a man who had been hired to perform contracting work for Barry Morphew, advised Fox 21 News that a Holiday Inn area in Broomfield — that Barry paid for him to remain in the weekend Suzanne disappeared — reeked of”chlorine.”
“I have there Sunday night and the room smelled like chlorine genuine bad,” he said. “This was his area and he had taken a shower — his towels have been all around the ground.”
Puckett said he found mail addressed Barry Morphew at a garbage can inside the area.
“My first thought was,’alibi.’ As soon as I found the mail the next morning, just kinda seemed like an alibi,” Puckett said.
Barry Morphew denied that there was any foul play and stated that Puckett had done jail time previously.
“I did not do nothing wrong in the hotel. There’s cameras all over that place. Then he indicated the room might have smelled like chlorine because the hotel was taking extra cleaning precautions due to COVID-19.
“I smelled it too if I had been in there,” he said.
Puckett remembered Morphew leaving the hotel in a hurry,