The husband of a missing Colorado woman has reportedly offered a $100,000 reward for information about her disappearance, and a separate GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $10,000 for the search effort.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Suzanne Morphew was reported missing from her Maysville home on Sunday when she did not return from a bike ride. According to local reports, a neighbor in the small town with a population of 135 people reported Morphew missing, and authorities have not confirmed whether Morphew’s husband was in town at the time of her disappearance.
As a massive search continues for the missing mother, a family member told CBS4 that Morphew’s husband, who has not been publicly identified, has offered a $100,000 for information about his wife’s disappearance. A GoFundMe campaign is also raising money for a search effort, though it is not clear if that effort is in coordination with the search launched by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, which reportedly involves more than 100 personnel and tracking dogs provided by the Department of Corrections.
A message to the GoFundMe campaign organizer was not immediately returned.
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze told CBS4 that authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a criminal element in the 49-year-old woman’s disappearance, and said investigators believe it is unlikely she was attacked by animals. He said the investigation remains active.
According to CBS4, the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations have joined the search.
On Wednesday afternoon, a reporter for Fox21 shared a video of police vehicles blocking a road in the search area near Salida, which is believed to be in close proximity to the missing woman’s home. The reporter also said in a tweet that police sources told her that while they are not ruling out foul play, they are not treating the disappearance as a criminal investigation at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office has blocked off the road at Hwy 50 and County Road 225. According to online records, Suzanne Morphew may have a house down this road. There looks to be a few houses down the road that I can see through the trees. pic.twitter.com/ht140HPeXl
— Amber Jo Cooper (@AmberJoCooper) May 13, 2020
According to the Fox21 News reporter’s Twitter posts, Spezze said that authorities are not asking for the public’s help in the physical search, though he did say that deputies are collecting tips. He could not confirm the reports of a financial reward.
Anyone with more information is urged to call the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office at 719-539-2596 or Chaffee County Crime Stoppers at 719-539-2599.