Sister of missing woman allegedly killed by husband reacts to murder charges

The body of Suzanne Morphew, a mother of two, has not been found.

May 6, 2021, 12:59 PM

A Colorado husband charged in the murder of his missing wife made his first appearance in court Thursday as his sister-in-law speaks out.

Suzanne Morphew's husband, 53-year-old Barry Morphew, was taken into custody on Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and attempt to influence a public servant, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said.

PHOTO: A mug shot of Barry Morphew, released by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office on May 5, 2021.
A mug shot of Barry Morphew, released by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office on May 5, 2021.
Chaffee County Sheriff's Office

In the wake of his arrest, Suzanne Morphew's older sister, Melinda Moorman, told ABC News, "I forgave my brother-in-law early on."

"Bitterness destroys people," she said. "I pray for him and have sadness for him."

Suzanne Morphew, the mother of two daughters, vanished on May 10, 2020, which was Mother's Day, the sheriff's office said. The 49-year-old had reportedly gone for a bike ride and never went home, the sheriff's office said.

PHOTO: Suzanne Morphew is seen in this undated photo released by Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook on May 11, 2020, when she went missing.
Suzanne Morphew is seen in this undated photo released by Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook on May 11, 2020, when she went missing.
Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

After her disappearance, Barry Morphew went in front of cameras to plead for information and her safe return.

"I will do whatever it takes to get you back," he said in the video.

PHOTO: Suzanne Morphew is seen in this undated photo released by Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook on May 11, 2020, when she went missing.
Suzanne Morphew is seen in this undated photo released by Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook on May 11, 2020, when she went missing.
Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

Barry Morphew appeared at a brief court hearing Thursday, saying "yes, sir" when advised of his rights.

Judge Patrick Murphy said Barry Morphew is allowed contact with his daughters.

PHOTO: Barry Morphew, 53, the husband of Suzanne Morphew, appears in court in Chaffee County, Colo., on charges including first-degree murder, May 6, 2021.
Barry Morphew, 53, the husband of Suzanne Morphew, appears in court in Chaffee County, Colo., on charges including first-degree murder, May 6, 2021.
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He's set to return to court on May 27.

Suzanne Morphew's body has not been found, prosecutors said.

No other arrests are expected, said Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze.

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