The husband of Suzanne Morphew, a Chaffee County mother who was reported missing on Mother’s Day weekend of last year, has been arrested.
Barry Morphew is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and attempt to influence a public servant.
While Morphew’s body has not been found, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said “Our belief is that Suzanne is not alive at this time.”
Morphew, 53, was arrested without incident around 9:15 a.m. Today, Wednesday near his home in Poncha Springs, Spezze said.
“My first reaction is relief,” said Melinda Moorman, Suzanne’s sister. “And grateful. I’m just so grateful.”
Moorman said she is thankful for law enforcement’s “tireless” work throughout this investigation, noting Spezze called her this morning to tell her about the arrest.
Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley declined to elaborate on whether investigators have identified a cause of death.
“At this time, without the body, we wouldn’t be able to say that publicly,” Stanley said. “We do have information that led us to this point today and how we think certain scenarios had occurred, but as we investigate further, that may change. So at this time, I can’t comment.”
One of Morphew’s employees told sources they watched as he was taken into custody Wednesday morning at one of his job sites in Chaffee County. Morphew works in construction.
Investigators executed more than 135 search warrants, interviewed more than 400 people, and investigated more than 1,400 tips about the case. In early April, they presented their findings to the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Throughout the nearly year-long investigation into his wife’s disappearance, Morphew has maintained his innocence.
“Honey, I love you and I want you back so bad,” Barry said last year in a video posted online.
It was all a show for social media to him, he played the grieving husband, while he was the root of all this evil. This woman was taken from her family who loved her deeply, for unknown reasons at this time. Without a real confession we cannot be sure how she died or what day exactly. He is refusing interviews at the moment, hopefully in time he will tell us where her body is located.
Needless to say her family is deeply saddened by this news and was baffled to see him arrested as well. We all hope justice will be served for this woman, her family and anyone else that was involved. I will update as information becomes available to me.