The brother of missing Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew has said he suspected foul play ‘within hours’ of being told of her disappearance ‘especially knowing my brother in law’s personality’.
David Moorman praised the arrest of brother-in-law Barry Morphew, 53, as a ‘key hurdle in unwinding the mystery of this tragedy’ in a statement.
He adding the family was committed to letting law enforcement ‘do their job’ in solving Suzanne’s sudden disappearance on Mother’s Day weekend 2020, but said he hoped the FBI would ‘outline at trial the cunning personality traits of Barry Morphew.
David Moorman (right), the brother of missing Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew (left) has said he suspected foul play ‘within hours’ of being told of her disappearance
Moorman said in a statement he was immediately suspicious of Barry Morphew, 53, ‘especially knowing my brother in law’s personality’
Moorman said the family was committed to letting law enforcement ‘do their job’ in solving Suzanne’s sudden disappearance on Mother’s Day weekend 2020
Barry Morphew was arrested and charged last week with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant in the disappearance of his wife.
Moorman wrote: ‘While the arrest is good news it is only one of the many steps that will be required to bring Suzanne justice and our family and her many friends peace and closure’.
He told FOX21 the family had been haunted by questions surrounding her disappearance for the last year.
‘How does a man take the life of his wife and the mother of his daughters?’ he said. ‘How do character flaws turn you into a murderer?’
Barry Morphew was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant in the disappearance of his wife last week
Morphew appeared in court for the first time last Thursday. Investigators do not have a body, but say they have information about an unspecified ‘incident’ which happened around the time of the mom’s disappearance
Moorman pleaded with Barry (middle) to confess to killing Suzanne and ‘save us all the heartache’ of a lengthy trial the morning after his Thursday appearance in court
Moorman urged Morphew to confess to Suzanne’s murder, but said he doubted it would happen.
Instead, he said the family would be ‘forced to come to grips’ with the gory details of the murder at trial.
‘We all will be left with hearing horrific details that were perpetrated by pure evil’.
Moorman said the family plan to do everything they can to support Suzanne’s daughters, Mallory and Macy, recover from the ordeal.
He also thanked the public, as well as family and friends, for their support, inviting people to donate to local domestic abuse programs or shelters, ‘because no one, regardless of status or money, is immune.’
The family asked people to light candles or turn on a porch light on May 10 to mark a year since Suzanne disappeared.
The family asked people to light candles or turn on a porch light on May 10 to mark a year since Suzanne disappeared
The family held a remote candlelight vigil on the first anniversary of Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance on May 10
Statement from David Moorman
The past year since Suzanne’s disappearance has been trying. But as my sister Melinda said, Sherriff John Spezze is a man of his word and along with the tireless efforts of all the other enforcement agencies involved, they have cleared a key hurdle in unwinding the mystery of this tragedy. I want to thank all involved along with the citizens of Chaffee County for their work, support and caring demonstrated during the last year.
While my silence has been interpreted as not caring, within hours of being told of Suzanne’s disappearance nothing seemed to add up. My suspicion of foul play quickly grew, especially knowing my brother in law’s personality. I committed myself to letting the authorities do their job, staying out of the way, and waiting for a result I knew would take time, patience, and a lot of hard work.
In a time when law enforcement in under attack, we, the Moorman Family, feel blessed to have a such a dedicated and professional group working on Suzanne’s case. While the arrest is good news it is only one of many steps that will be required to bring Suzanne justice and our family and her many friends’ peace and closure.
Suzanne is never far from our minds, as her gentle nature, smile, and unforgettable belly laugh are very much missed. As my sister Melinda said she was our ‘rose among thorns’. In the coming months we will be forced to come to grips with the details of a murder that is still unimaginable. I am constantly hounded by the question, ‘how did we get here?’ How does a man take the life of his wife and the mother of his daughters? How do character flaws turn you into a murderer? Is it nature or nurture?
Nothing I say here will change minds and I will leave it to the experts of FBI to outline at the trial the cunning personality traits of Barry Morphew. As we look toward the prosecution and a trial, we can only hope for full confession and learn the whereabouts of Suzanne. I doubt that will happen and we all will be left with hearing horrific details that were perpetrated by pure evil.
As my father, Gene, lay dying of cancer, there were many moments he was brought to tears thinking about his granddaughters, Mallory, and Macy. In one of our final conversations on the matter, I pledged to him that three of us, Melinda, Andrew, and myself would help them bridge this horrific event and do whatever we could to help them develop into the women Suzanne envisioned.
Despite what they have been told, we love them and want to let them know we are here for them as we all move forward. I want to thank all who knew and loved Suzanne and all those who have followed this tragedy for their support.
I also want to wish God Speed to the Linda Stanley and the prosecuting team as they prepare for the trial.
I would ask one final thing. If you are so moved, please make a generous contribution to your local shelter or program for domestic abuse because no one, regardless of status or money is immune.
Brother of Suzanne Moorman Morphew, David S. Moorman
Barry Morphew shared an emotional video begging for information on Suzanne’s whereabouts days after she disappeared, and offered a $200,000 reward for information
Suzanne was reported missing after going for a bike ride from the luxurious wood-framed home she shared from Barry.
A week later, Barry made a video, pleading for someone took her to return her safely ‘no questions asked,’ 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.
Moorman told CBS Denver that money worries were straining Suzanne and 53 year-old 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.’
Last month, Barry sold off the $1.5million family home he shared with Suzanne (pictured). The home was twice searched by investigators, and was reportedly the last place Suzanne had been before she set off on a bike ride on May 10 last year
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
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.
A map shows the distance between the Morphews’ home and where a personal item belonging to the missing mom was discovered
Barry released love letters penned by his missing wife last October as he shared his belief that she was still alive
A sweet note penned by Suzanne recounts all of her memories with her husband
Barry and Suzanne, pictured on their wedding day, were married for 26 years before Suzanne disappeared on Mother’s Day 2020
Barry has long insisted he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance but Suzanne’s brother has said he believes him responsible
Prosecutors and law enforcement haven’t said what led to the landscaping boss’s arrest, and even though Suzanne’s body was never found, prosecutors are sure she’s dead.
Barry Morphew’s arrest came after over 135 searches across Colorado and interviews of over 400 people in multiple states as part of an ongoing investigation, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said, according to Fox News.
He made his first court appearance last Thursday where his two young daughters mouthed ‘I love you’ as he was ordered into custody until his next court date.
Macy and Mallory Morphew have continued to stand by their father.
He is currently being held without bail. He has not yet entered a formal plea and will next appear in court on May 27.
The Morphews’ daughters Macy and Mallory have continued to stand by Barry Morphew, and mouthed ‘I love you’ during his first court appearance last week
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
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