On Thursday’s episode of Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, deception and body language expert Susan Constantine weighed in on a video plea made by the husband of a Colorado woman who has been missing close to two weeks since her Mother’s Day disappearance.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Suzanne Morphew’s husband Barry Morphew released a video plea for her safe return this past weekend, the first and only public comments he has made about his wife’s mysterious disappearance from their Maysville home on May 10. Authorities have also revealed very little about the ongoing missing persons investigation, but confirmed last week that they discovered an unidentified personal item of Suzanne’s during their search of the remote central Colorado area.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has not identified any suspects in the case, and the sheriff said at a news conference last week that Barry Morphew had been cooperative with the investigation. Still, questions remain about the circumstances of Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance, especially amid reports that Barry Morphew was out of the area on the day his wife disappeared — but it is unclear why.
“Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you, please, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back,” Barry Morphew says in the video.
“We love you. We miss you. The girls need you. No questions asked. However much they want, I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you. I want you back so bad.”
In conversation with Nancy Grace, Constantine shared her expert impressions of Barry Morphew’s video plea.
“To begin with he says, ‘Oh Suzanne,'” Constantine said. “Usually when somebody says ‘oh,’ there’s usually a strong emotion. There’s fear, maybe there’s some sympathy behind it … It’s kind of an odd way to open up with. And then he uses the word ‘if.’ ‘If you can find her, if she is out there’ … that kind of struck me as kind of odd.”
Constantine pointed out more “odd” moments from Barry Morphew’s statement, particularly in places where he pauses, which generally means, she said, that the speaker is “gathering his thoughts.”
“There was a short pause when he says “if there’s anyone that has you,” … in his own language, it seems to appear, it seems like he’s holding back information.”
Another pause comes with the statement “no questions asked.” “I thought that was a really odd statement, right in the middle of it,” Constantine told Grace. “I am so concerned that I don’t wanna known what happened … I think that was embedded in there for a particular reason.”
Finally, Constantine noted Morphew’s voice inflection as he says things like “I love you” and “I miss you.”
“His voice inflection is very flat and monotone … it doesn’t bring me to feel that emotion that he’s missing his wife.”
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[Featured image: Screenshot from Barry Morphew’s statement]