Updated 4:50 p.m.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has responded to reports that cadaver dogs detected the scent of human remains during a volunteer search for Suzanne Morphew, organized by her brother Andy Moorman.
Moorman told multiple media outlets on Monday that the dogs had picked up the human scent at a property owned by Barry Morphew about 20 miles from the couple’s Maysville home.
The sheriff’s office has since posted a message on its Facebook page denying that any remains have been found in the missing persons investigation.
“Contrary to some media reports, there have been no remains found in the Suzanne Morphew case,” the statement reads.
“There have been a handful of potential leads that have been pursued as a result of the volunteer search; however, nothing has been identified as related to Suzanne’s disappearance. Investigators will not comment on specific leads being investigated or other information connected with this case.”
The statement does not specifically deny that cadaver dogs picked up on the scent of possible human remains.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
Updated: 4:10 p.m. ET
A local news station in Colorado has provided more details about the possible discovery of human remains on land owned by missing Suzanne Morphew’s husband Barry Morphew.
Suzanne’s brother Andy Moorman, who organized a large-scale volunteer search that began on Thursday, told KDVR that cadaver dogs had picked up on the scent of human remains on a piece of land owned by Barry Morphew in Poncho Springs, about 20 minutes from the couple’s home in Maysville.
It is not clear from either report when Barry Morphew purchased the property or if it had been previously searched by investigators following Suzanne’s May 10 disappearance.
CrimeOnline is awaiting a response from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Daily Mail, Suzanne’s brother Andy Moorman said that cadaver dogs picked up on a human scent in a wooded area at a property owned by Barry Morphew — only 15 miles from the Morphew’s home in Maysville.
The report indicates that dogs picked up on a scent on the weekend during a large-scale volunteer search Andy Moorman had organized, and which is expected to last through Tuesday. A dog handler reportedly told the Daily Mail that a second team of cadaver dogs picked up on the scent on Monday. The Daily Mail report states that the FBI is being called to the scene to search for possible human remains, which CrimeOnline cannot independently verify.
A spokesperson for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation could not confirm the report. The Chafee County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Suzanne Morphew was reported missing on May 10, though it remains unclear exactly when or where she was last seen. Authorities performed an extensive search of the area following Suzanne’s disappearance. In late May, investigators searched a property connected to Barry Morphew’s landscaping business, but did not discover any evidence related to Suzanne’s disappearance.
Police have not named any suspects or a person of interest in the disappearance. While law enforcement agents did not directly participate in the volunteer search that began on Thursday, authorities appear to be supporting the search and evaluated possible evidence that was discovered late last week. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s office confirmed on Friday that the recovered items were not connected to the investigation.
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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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