A family member of a missing Colorado woman told a reporter on Thursday that her bike had been found, but police have not yet released any details about what has been recovered in the search for Suzanne Morphew.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Morphew’s neighbor in Maysville, which is near Salida, contacted authorities on Sunday evening when the 49-year-old woman did not return from a bike ride. According to reports and social media posts, Morphew is married and has two daughters, but family members told CBS4 Denver that Morphew’s husband was out of town this past weekend.
Following Sunday’s missing persons report, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office launched an immediate search for Morphew, involving about 100 personnel and tracking dogs provided by the Department of Corrections. On Wednesday, the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined the search, which has continued each day this week. Authorities have revealed very little about the investigation, but Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze told CBS4 Denver on Wedneday that his department had not ruled out foul play. Investigators have also said they do not believe Morphew was attacked or trapped by animals.
On Thursday, Morphew’s nephew Trevor Noel told a Fox 21 News reporter that Morphew’s bicycle was recovered on Sunday. Investigators have not confirmed this, and it remains unclear if the bike was recovered by a member of the official search party, or by a volunteer. Noel launched a GoFundMe campaign this week to raise funds for a volunteer search effort and to provide support, including temporary housing, for Morphew’s family.
Trevor Noel, nephew of Suzanne Morphew tells me her bike was recovered Sunday. He said Suzanne is a loved family member and beautiful, sweet person. #FindSuzanne He asked for volunteers to continue to share her picture and information online. They plan to search until dark.
— Lauren Scharf (@LaurenScharfTV) May 14, 2020
The Fox 21 News reporter confirmed on Twitter that authorities are not asking for volunteers in the physical search. Noel has not yet responded to multiple requests for comment from CrimeOnline.
Noel told CBS4 Denver that Morphew’s husband donated a $100,000 for information about his wife’s disappearance, no questions asked, and a family friend matched the donation, bringing the total reward to $200,000. Morphew’s husband Barry Morphew has not yet spoken to the media.
“It’s, it’s the hardest thing,” Noel told CBS4. “She’s a beloved member of her family and the sweetest person that you’ve ever met.”
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.