Suzanne Morphew’s daughters appear in court, seen mouthing ‘I love you’ at accused killer Barry Morphew

Barry Morphew ordered held without bail; charged with first-degree murder in the presumed death of his wife

The Colorado man accused of murdering his missing wife Suzanne Morphew appeared in court on Thursday, the day after he was booked on first-degree murder charges.

Barry Morphew made a brief court appearance in Chaffee County Thursday, when he was ordered to remain in custody without bail. On Wednesday, Barry Morphew was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.

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In a press conference on Wednesday, Chaffee County District Attorney Linda Stanley said that prosecutors are confident in the case against Barry Morphew, though Suzanne Morphew’s body has not been found. Stanley also said at the press conference that authorities will not be releasing Morphew’s arrest affidavit, and that no further arrests were expected at this time. Neither Stanley or Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze indicated if investigators know how Suzanne was killed, but court records indicate they believe she died on May 10, 2020; the day she was reported missing.


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On Thursday, the judge allowed reporters in the courtroom, but only one camera. The media was also prohibited from publishing or broadcasting any audio from the proceedings.

Reporters in the courtroom said on Twitter that Suzanne and Barry Morphew’s two daughters were present, and appeared to be supportive of their father.

As Barry Morphew exited, “his two daughters were crying,” wrote 9News reporter Marc Sallinger on Twitter. Sallinger also said that reporters were prohibited from recording images of Morphew’s daughters; a teenager and a young adult.


Neither of Morphew’s daughters have spoken publicly about their mother’s disappearance or their father’s arrest.

The judge reportedly issued a protective order, allowing Barry Morphew to have “civil contact” with his daughters.

Morphew is due back in court on May 27.

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

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