A 53-year-old man who posted a video appealing for the return of his wife has been charged with her murder.
Barry Morphew, from Chaffee County in the US state of Colorado, appealed for whoever was responsible for abducting his 49-year-old wife, Suzanne, to let her go in a Facebook video in May last year.
“No questions asked, however much they want, I will do whatever it takes to get you back,” he said.
Ms Morphew was reported missing on Mother’s Day last year with her husband’s video posted just days later.
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said a few days after the May 10, 2020 disappearance investigators had found an item possibly belonging to the 49-year-old woman, but several searches that included waterways did not turn up a body.
Ms Morphew’s brother Andy Moorman announced in mid-September he was recruiting volunteers to conduct an independent search.
“I need to find her, need to bring her home, give her a proper burial and closure for my family,” he told KMGH-TV before the September 24 search began.
“And that’s my point. I’m not about finding somebody guilty or trying to inflict punishment on anyone. That’s not my job. That’s the law enforcement’s job.”
Barry Morphew charged with murder and tampering with evidence
However, on Wednesday police charged Morphew with his wife’s murder.
“More than 70 investigators from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and dozens of local law enforcement agency partners have provided their expertise on this case, executed more than 135 search warrants across Colorado, and have interviewed more than 400 individuals in multiple states,” police said.
“The team has also investigated more than 1,400 tips generated from within and outside of law enforcement.”
Morphew has been charged with murder in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence and attempting to influence a public servant.
District Attorney Linda Stanley said Ms Morphew’s remains are yet to be found, according to Fox News.
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