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Suzanne Morphew’s husband was arrested and charged with murder on Wednesday, nearly a year after the Salida woman went missing in a case that’s gripped Chaffee County. 

Barry Lee Morphew was taken into custody without incident, investigators announced at a news conference on Wednesday. He has been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant. 

Barry is being held without bond at the Chaffee County jail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Court documents remain sealed as the case is still open and ongoing, authorities said. Scant details were released on why investigators feel Morphew killed his wife. 

Suzanne Morphew. (Handout)

However, 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley said she is confident in Barry Lee Morphew’s arrest. “I wouldn’t bring charges unless I was confident,” she said.

Suzanne left her home for a bike ride on Mother’s Day 2020 and never returned. Barry was reportedly in Denver the day Suzanne went missing. A week later he released a video asking for her safe return.

There have been few public developments in the case since Suzanne disappeared. Authorities said Wednesday that the case has involved agencies from the local to national level, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI. 

Investigators have executed more than 135 search warrants, interviewed more than 400 people and followed up on more than 1,400 tips in the past year.

“Today is not the day for celebration, nor does it mark the end of his investigation,” Chaffee County Sheriff Jon Spezze said at the news conference. 

Suzanne’s body has not been found. Stanley said they believe they know how she died but declined to elaborate.

Suzanne would have celebrated her 50th birthday on May 2. 

Lucy Haggard

Lucy Haggard was a TRENDS Reporting Fellow from August 2020 to May 2021 with The Colorado Sun. Email: Twitter: