BARRY Morphew claimed his wife Suzanne was potentially attacked by animals or had been abducted after she went missing from their $1.7million Colorado mansion last Mother’s Day.
The father-of-two, 53, was allegedly at a work job in Denver, 140 miles away, when his wife was reported missing by a neighbor on May 10, 2020.
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He reportedly rushed back to the home they share with their two adult daughters when the alarm was raised and searched for his wife, initially saying she could have encountered a wild animal while on a bike ride.
Four days after her disappearance, he issued a $100,000 reward for the 49-year-old former teacher as he posted an emotional video to Facebook pleading for her return.
The reward was raised to $200,000 by a family friend.
"Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there and can hear this, that has you, please, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back," Barry said in the video.
"We love you, we miss you, your girls need you.
"No questions asked, however much they want – I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you, I want you back so bad," he added.
In an interview with FOX 21 last August, Barry also accused the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department of “trying to blame it on me” after they “screwed this whole thing up.”
"My buddy was there right after [they found her bike], and he said that they completely destroyed the evidence, and he tried to stop them, but they wouldn't listen to him and said, 'This is not CSI,'" he said.
"There's no evidence for the investigators to see because the Sheriff's Department completely obliterated it."
He reiterated his claims that Suzanne may have been attacked by an animal, had an accident on the road, or that she had crossed paths with someone who knew her.
The allegedly grieving husband also claimed he would not stop searching for his wife.
"My wife and I have been in love since 1988 and she's the love of my life. And I continue to search for her every day and I will until I find her," he said.
"I promise and I promised my girls that."
His comments came after Suzanne’s brother Andrew Moorman accused him of having played a role in his wife’s disappearance.
He also slammed Barry's claim Suzanne could have been the victim of an animla attack and he noted that sniffer dogs could not pick up her scent.
Moorman told Dr. Phil that he believed his sister was "abducted, and in this case, murdered."
"I don't think she was taken to a second location, I think it happened at home," he said.
Moorman claimed he thought Barry was guilty "based on the behaviors and things that happened" but that he would "pray it's not."
"My sister was murdered," he also told Denver7.
"And she was hidden within a three-and-a-half-hour window. So that — I can draw a circle on that and tell you she's within that circle. And that's what I know happened."
Moorman mounted his own independent search with hundreds of volunteers last September as locals called for more information from law enforcement.
Barry did not take part in the search at the time as he claimed he did not believe Suzanne was still in the area.
He has maintained his innocence throughout the year-long hunt for his wife of 26 years but has not yet entered a plea since he was charged in connection with her disappearance.
Barry was charged on Wednesday with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempt to influence a public servant and held without bail after his first court appearance yesterday.
His daughters Mallory and Macy reportedly cried and mouth “I love you” as he was taken in handcuffs from the court.
The Morphews’ daughters were allegedly on a camping trip in Idaho at the time of their mother’s disappearance.
The body of Suzanne Morphew has still not been found but District Attorney Linda Stanley says she is “confident” in the murder case.
The case file remains sealed.
During a press conference announcing the charges against Barry Morphew on Wednesday, Stanley said that the investigation included scenarios on how Suzanne died but she could not go into details.
Her bike was found on the evening that she disappeared near a trailhead off the highway and a “personal item” nearby several days later.
The Morphew family moved to Colorado from Indiana in 2018 when their daughters were teenagers.
Shortly after the move, Suzanne was diagnosed with cancer for the second time.
She had received her last treatment seven months before her disappearance.
Barry Morphew sold the family home weeks before his arrest.
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