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Suzanne Morphew’s brother believes she was a victim of domestic abuse, says Barry Morphew threatened volunteer searchers with a gun on his shoulders

The brother of missing Suzanne Morphew is leading a group of volunteer searchers in Colorado, hoping for clues that will lead him to his sister’s whereabouts.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Suzanne’s brother Andy Moorman has told local news stations in Colorado that he does not believe his sister is still alive, and that he wants to bring her remains back to her home state of Indiana. Suzanne was reported missing on Mother’s Day, the same weekend her husband Barry Morphew was on site at a landscaping job outside of Denver, about a three-hour drive from the couple’s home in Maysville.

Authorities have not named a suspect or a person of interest in Suzanne’s disappearance. In late May, investigators searched a property connected to Barry Morphew’s landscaping business, but did not find any evidence related to the missing persons investigation.

On Thursday, volunteer searchers reportedly found items of interest, and shared the possible evidence with authorities. But on Friday, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said the items to not appear to be connected to the investigation.

Earlier Friday, Moorman told KDVR that he had encountered Barry Morphew during Thursday’s search.

“Yesterday we ran into him as we cross that mountain top of where we found the evidence and he was out hanging trail cams and he had a shotgun on his shoulder and warned us not to go any further because we were about to enter private property,” he told the news station.

Moorman also confirmed that Barry Morphew was not participating in the volunteer search effort, and shared his thoughts about what may have happened to his sister.

When asked if he believed Barry Morphew was behind Suzanne’s disappearance, Moorman said, “I’m afraid this is domestic abuse.”

He said he learned after Suzanne’s disappearance that she was “working with domestic abuse meetings.”

“I think that she was abducted. I don’t think she ever got on her bike,” Moorman said.

“I think she probably died Saturday and she was hidden somewhere Saturday night and we’re pushing forward and that’s the theories that we have right now that seem to be correct,” shared Moorman.

On Thursday, Fox 21 News reporter Lauren Scharf, who has been covering the missing persons investigation since May and recently interviewed Barry Morphew, said in a Twitter post that she would not be reporting on the search that day, prompting widespread speculation about why she may have been taken off the assignment.

CrimeOnline reached out to Fox 21 News Director Joe Cole, who did not return a request for comment. Krista Witiak, who is covering Friday’s search and the scheduled vigil for Suzanne later in the evening, said she had no information about why Scharf was not present at the search. Witiak also said she believes she would have been made aware of any threats against her colleagues in connection with the Morphew investigation.

Friends, family, and supporters will gather for a vigil at Riverside Park in Salida at 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Suzanne Morphew is asked to call the tip line: 719-312-7530.

Read more of CrimeOnline’s extensive coverage of the Suzanne Morphew case here.

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