Suzanne Morphew kept a “list of grievances” on her phone containing 60 items she objected to in her marriage to Barry Morphew, who is now charged with her murder.
On the list, according to Barry Morphew’s arrested affidavit: physical abuse, mental abuse, stalking her around the house, taking her phone, slamming the brakes in the vehicle when he gets angry, not feeling safe around him, and chasing her around a resort.
Suzanne Morphew, 49, disappeared on Mother’s Day 2020. Her disappearance was investigated as a missing person case in the beginning, but nearly a year later — and after an intensive investigation — Barry Morphew was arrested. Suzanne Morphew’s body has not been found.
The 130-page affidavit — unsealed as Morphew bonded out of jail to await trial — reveals some details of the investigation that weren’t revealed at this summer’s four-day preliminary hearing, including a co-worker who recounted a conversation with Morphew on May 9, 2020, in which he said he could “‘bury a body’ and it would ‘never be found.’”
On May 10 — Mother’s Day — Barry Morphew drove to a landscaping job near Broomfield and was seen making “trash runs” at five separate locations before checking into a hotel. That evening, when he received a phone call that his wife was missing, he returned to his Maysville home, leaving two co-workers to handle the job. One of them — the same one who recalled the conversation about burying a body — stayed in Morphew’s hotel room and said it smelled like chlorine when they entered it.
The affidavit says Morphew refused to take a polygraph test, saying he “‘didn’t want to do anything that wasn’t 100% accurate.’” But a day or two later, he said something quite different when a friend suggested he take the polygraph .
“Barry looked at (the friend) and said, ‘I don’t think I’d pass a polygraph,’” according to the affidavit. “(The friend) waited in uncomfortable silence for a few moments to allow Barry to qualify his statement… he got chills from Barry’s response and thought Barry’s reaction was very strange.”
The affidavit also points out several inconsistencies across the many interviews investigators had with Morphew, among them saying that he and Suzanne had steaks the night before she disappeared, but there was only one set of dirty dishes in the house.
Detectives also said that he said he woke up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work the day his wife disappeared, but no alarm was set on his phone. Additionally, he left early for work and failed to pick up a coworker as the two had agreed earlier.
Investigators believe Barry Morphew killed his wife on May 9, likely because Suzanne insisted on divorce.
“Suzanne took clear, articulable steps in January 2020 in attempts to separate from and divorce her husband, Barry,” the affidavit says. “She told her family and close friends about her intentions, secretly recorded her notes of abuse in her phone because Barry monitored it, confronted Barry in arguments that she secretly recorded with help from a friend and, finally, sent him a text four days before she disappeared saying that she was ‘done, let’s handle this civilly.'”
Barry Morphew, meanwhile, told detectives his marriage was “perfect.”
Suzanne Morphew was in fact having an affair, and suspected her husband was as well, although no evidence was found, the affidavit says. Her last text came to her paramour near 2 p.m. on May 9, just before Barry came home from work. She never responded to his next messages. Investigators talked with him and he described deleting accounts he used to communicate with her because “I didn’t want her legacy to be I had an affair with this guy.”
The affidavit also included several photos, including police photos and surveillance photos.
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[Featured image: Suzanne and Barry Morphew/Facebook]