Barry Morphew, 53, is accused of murdering his wife, Suzanne Morphew, somewhere between May 9 and May 10, 2020, according to a criminal complaint brought by prosecutors. On Mother’s Day, May 10, the mother of two daughters was found missing. Morphew allegedly tampered with her body and other evidence in the case from last May to early March, about two months before he was arrested, according to prosecutors.
Soon after his wife disappeared, Morphew shared a video on social media asking for her return. He was arrested near his home in Poncha Springs, a small town in southern Colorado, on May 5 as part of an investigation that police characterized as “extensive and continuing,” including hundreds of searches in Colorado and interviews with over 400 individuals in several states. Authorities said at the time that they had been unable to locate Suzanne Morphew’s remains.
Morphew was also charged with having a short gun, a prohibited and dangerous firearm in Colorado, before March and with attempting to manipulate eight public servants, at least some of whom are law enforcement agents, “by way of deception” from the time his wife vanished before his arrest.
The charged document doesn’t go into detail on how he tampered with her body or evidence, or what he did to attempt to sway public officials. The legal record detailing the facts that led to Morphew’s detention has been sealed.
Morphew is served by public defenders from the state, who do not comment on events in the newspapers.
According to court records, Morphew told prosecutors that he mailed the ballot on Suzanne Morphew’s behalf to help Trump win, claiming that “all these other guys are cheating” and that he believed his wife would vote for Trump regardless.