Remains of Suzanne Morphew found 3 years after her disappearance

The mother of two was reported missing on May 10, 2020.

September 28, 2023, 5:33 PM

The remains of Suzanne Morphew, a Colorado mother of two who went missing in 2020, have been found, authorities said.

Human remains located on Sept. 22 during an unrelated search in the town of Moffat in Saguache County were positively identified as Suzanne Morphew on Wednesday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said.

"Specific information about the location and the state of the remains are being withheld at this time," the agency said.

PHOTO: Suzanne Morphew is pictured in an undated family handout photo.
Suzanne Morphew is pictured in an undated family handout photo.
Morphew Family via AP

Suzanne Morphew was reported missing from her home in Chaffee County on May 10, 2020, which was Mother's Day, after she never returned home from a bike ride, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said at the time.

Her husband, Barry Morphew, 55, was arrested almost a year later on charges including first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with his wife's disappearance. But all charges were dropped in April 2022, just days before he was set to stand trial.

The move came after the judge presiding over the case barred prosecutors from using most of their key witnesses at trial as punishment for repeatedly failing to turn over evidence in the defendant's favor.

The case was dismissed without prejudice, which allows prosecutors to file charges against Barry Morphew again.

No arrests have been made since Suzanne Morphew's remains were located, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said.

"While this case has garnered attention from around the world, it has touched our community and the sheriff's office deeply," Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said in a statement. "We have never stopped our investigation and will continue to follow all leads in pursuit of justice for Suzanne."

Spezze said that while locating her remains "is a critical component of this investigation, and for her family, we are left with many more questions than answers."

The case remains under investigation, 12th Judicial District Attorney Anne Kelly, who represents the area where the remains were found, said.

"We will provide updates as soon as more information becomes available to the extent it is appropriate," said in a statement on Thursday.

Family notifications have been made following the formal identification of the remains, authorities said.

Barry Morphew filed a $15 million federal lawsuit in May against prosecutors, the sheriff and several investigators, claiming that his life has been ruined by false accusations.

"It's very hurtful to lose your reputation and your integrity," Barry Morphew told ABC News in an exclusive interview following the filing.

When asked whether he has anything to do with his wife's disappearance, Barry Morphew told ABC News: "Absolutely not."

"They've got tunnel vision and they looked at one person and they've got too much pride to say they're wrong and look somewhere else," he added. "I don't have anything to worry about. I've done nothing wrong."

The couple's daughters, Mallory and Macy Morphew, told ABC News that the last three years have been "literally our worst nightmare," and they never doubted their father's innocence.

Following the news that Suzanne Morphew's remains had been found, a lawyer for the family issued a statement.

"Barry is with his daughters and they are all struggling with immense shock and grief after learning today that their mother and wife whom they deeply love was found deceased. They had faith that their wife and mom would walk back into their lives again. The news is heartbreaking," the statement read.

In a new statement on Thursday, his legal team called for an outside team to investigate her death.

"The Morphew family and legal team believe that CBI, local law enforcement, and the local DA's office have a conflict of interest and should not be involved in the future investigation of Suzanne's death," his attorneys, Iris Eytan and Jane Byrialsen, said in a statement. "An objective and unbiased examination of Suzanne's death can only be conducted by an outside and independent team of investigators."