Suzanne Morphew’s sister has said there were potential warning signs that the Colorado woman felt threatened by her husband Barry Morphew, who is now in custody on charges that include first-degree murder.
Suzanne vanished from her Maysville home on May 10, 2020, nearly a year before Barry Morphew was arrested earlier this month. Investigators have yet to find a body, and have revealed few details about the evidence that led to Barry Morphew’s arrest.
Now, Suzanne’s sister Melinda Moorman says there were indications Suzanne was not safe in her marriage. As Fox 31 News reports, Moorman appeared on the radio station Heart of the Rockies Radio this weekend to discuss her sister’s case and Barry Morphew’s arrest. Asked if Suzanne had expressed concerns for her safety, Moorman said, “Yes, Suzanne did.”
“She definitely made implications that she had concerns about her safety .. And the condition of their relationship had, I think, deteriorated quite a bit over the last several years.”
Moorman said in the interview that she and her sister were not always in frequent contact, and that “many things” were left unsaid in their conversations. Still, Moorman said, the sisters had “a very intuitive and a very close relationship and we were very connected.”
Moorman also said Suzanne sent her a text on May 8, two days before she vanished.
“She was transparent with me, particularly on [the] Friday before she went missing, she revealed a very telling text to me – it was very profound, very transparent and it showed the state of her mind on that Friday before she disappeared,” Moorman said. She did not share the contents or the nature of the message.
As The Denver Channel reports, Morphew is now facing two additional charges in his wife’s presumed murder: Tampering with a deceased body, and possession of a deadly weapon; both felonies. This brings the total counts against him in connection to Suzanne’s death to five.
In a court filing obtained by the news station, prosecutors listed the names of eight public servants Morphew is accused of trying to influence. They include an FBI agent, three CBI agents, a chief investigator with the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and a Chafee County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Morphew remains in custody in Chaffee County.
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