Authorities in Colorado are expected to issue a news release Tuesday about the investigation into the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew, who was reported missing on May 10.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on their Facebook page Monday denying that any remains had been found in connection to the missing persons investigation. Earlier Monday the Daily Mail first reported that cadaver dogs trained to detect human scents had multiple “hits” during a volunteer search organized by Suzanne’s brother Andy Moorman. Moorman also told KDVR news that a search dogs had picked up on a scent on Monday, at a property owned by Suzanne’s husband Barry Morphew, about 20 miles from the couple’s home in Maysville, and said the FBI was coming to the area to further investigate the discovery.
Later Monday, the sheriff’s office denied the discovery of human remains in a statement. The statement did not confirm or deny reports that cadaver dogs may have detected human remains.
“Contrary to some media reports, there have been no remains found in the Suzanne Morphew case. 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.”
CrimeOnline has contacted multiple law enforcement sources in an attempt to clarify conflicting reports about potential discoveries made during the volunteer search that began on Thursday and was expected to continue through Tuesday.
A person who answered the phone at the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday said that Sheriff John Spezze was out of the office this week for unspecified medical reasons. The undersheriff has not returned a message.
Susan Medina, Communications Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, who had since May been the acting spokesperson for the missing persons investigation, told CrimeOnline on Tuesday that she is no longer the media lead on the Morphew case. She said that the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office was now the media lead and would likely be releasing a written statement about the investigation later Tuesday. A news conference is not expected on Tuesday, Medina said.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates as the story develops.
Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Suzanne Morphew is asked to call the dedicated tip line: 719-312-7530.
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