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Barry Morphew blamed his spouse’s disappearance on ‘man she purchased medicine off on the road’


Authorities on Monday launched the ‘bikini selfie’ that lacking Colorado mother Suzanne Morphew despatched to her lover the day earlier than she disappeared final 12 months as prosecutors allege her husband, Barry Morphew, killed her. 

Barry advised police {that a} man from whom his spouse was shopping for medicine ‘off the road’ might be behind her disappearance on Mom’s Day final 12 months, based on an arrest affidavit launched by Colorado regulation enforcement officers on Monday.

The affidavit additionally included a surveillance photograph of Barry carrying two shovels right into a Vacation Inn lodge in Broomfield, Colorado the day his spouse, Suzanne Morphew, 49, was reported lacking by a neighbor after heading out on a motorcycle experience.

Investigators allege that Barry, who has been charged with killing his spouse, determined to ‘hunt and management’ her like an animal after she insisted on leaving him and later modified his statements as proof within the case developed, based on the doc.

Barry has denied any wrongdoing inside his lodge suite following claims his co-worker, Jeff Puckett, made alleging that he arrived to the room on Might 10 of final 12 months to search out it scattered with moist towels and mail belonging to Barry. 

Colorado police launched a ‘bikini selfie’ taken by Suzanne Morphew, 49, on Might 9 of final 12 months -a day earlier than she disappeared. Suzanne despatched the photograph by way of LinkedIn to Jeff Libler, a married father of six youngsters from Indiana with whom she was having an affair. Her husband, Barry Morphew, has been charged together with her homicide

Colorado law enforcement officials released this photo showing Barry Morphew carrying two shovels into a Holiday Inn hotel in Broomfield, Colorado on May 10, 2020 - the same day that his wife, Suzanne Morphew, 49, vanished

Colorado regulation enforcement officers launched this photograph displaying Barry Morphew carrying two shovels right into a Vacation Inn lodge in Broomfield, Colorado on Might 10, 2020 – the identical day that his spouse, Suzanne Morphew, 49, vanished

Barry was arrested on May 5, 2021 - nearly a year after his wife's disappearance

Suzanne disappeared on Mother's Day 2020 after going for a bike ride

Police discovered Suzanne’s bike on the facet of a hill the identical day as her disappearance, however noticed ‘no indications of a crash.’ Barry is pictured above (left) after his Might 5, 2021 arrest and Suzanne is pictured proper

Murder suspect Barry Morphew grinned for the cameras as he walked out of jail after posting $500,000 bail with his daughters Macy (left) and Mallory

Homicide suspect Barry Morphew grinned for the cameras as he walked out of jail after posting $500,000 bail together with his daughters Macy (left) and Mallory

The room can also be alleged to have reeked of chlorine.

Barry has pleaded not responsible and was launched from jail on Monday after posting a $500,000 money bond.

Tv footage confirmed him strolling out of jail together with his two daughters with Suzanne. 

Barry 53, was in courtroom in Salida, Colorado, on Friday to listen to closing arguments from the prosecution who stated Suzanne’s ‘highway to being murdered’ started when she advised him she needed a divorce days earlier than she vanished and described it as ‘a home violence murder’.  

A choose dominated there’s sufficient proof for the case to proceed almost a 12 months after his spouse was reported lacking after going for a motorcycle experience on Mom’s Day 2020. 

The affidavit additionally features a photograph of a ‘bikini selfie’ that Suzanne despatched by way of LinkedIn to Jeff Libler, a married father of six youngsters from Indiana with whom she was having an affair, on Might 9 – the day earlier than she disappeared.

Within the arrest affidavit, police seek advice from the photograph as ‘Suzanne’s final proof of life.’ She wore the swimsuit whereas ‘laying out’ at dwelling, based on the doc.

Whereas questioning Barry, police stated he regarded on the {photograph} and stated: ‘Properly, take a look at her. She’s clearly drunk. Take a look at her eyes. Have you learnt what drunk eyes appear like?

‘I imply, would you say these eyes are drunk eyes?’ 

Barry was making an attempt to persuade police that his spouse ran away from dwelling and that he had nothing to do together with her disappearance, based on the affidavit. 

On Might 10 of final 12 months, police began a frantic seek for Suzanne, who didn’t return to the household dwelling in Maysville, Colorado.

Barry learned his wife Suzanne had been having a two-year affair with one of her high school classmates, Jeff Libler (pictured), in the days before allegedly killing her

Barry discovered his spouse Suzanne had been having a two-year affair with one in every of her highschool classmates, Jeff Libler (pictured), within the days earlier than allegedly killing her 

Barry’s protection lawyer Dru Nielsen has questioned police’s timeline of occasions main as much as the disappearance as he argues that the case ought to be thrown out earlier than it goes to a full-scale homicide trial.

However investigators have revealed holes in Barry’s story that they are saying show he murdered his spouse.  

He additionally speculated that his spouse’s physique was washed up in a river after both being kidnapped or falling in an accident and ‘hit a rock together with her head.’ 

Barry additionally advised police that he had been bodily abusive towards his spouse on one event when he ‘clipped her nostril.’

He stated that his spouse would ‘bodily come’ at him each time she felt ‘annoyed.’

‘She bodily got here at me a number of occasions by way of my life and I took it,’ Barry is alleged to have advised investigators.

‘And I’m a person and I’m contact and I can take it.’

Barry advised police that he would deceive associates and neighbors about scratch marks that have been seen on his face, which he alleges have been attributable to Suzanne. 

4 days earlier than she went lacking, Suzanne wrote in a textual content to Barry, ‘I’m accomplished. I may care much less what you’re as much as and have been as much as for years. We simply must determine this out civilly.’ 

The day she went lacking, investigators additionally famous that the reducing blade on the bucket of Barry’s Bobcat loading machine have been newly changed.

One of many couple’s daughters, who was not named particularly, advised police that her dad and mom have been ‘not doing nicely,’ argued rather a lot and he or she thought it finest for folks to separate as a result of they have been each in an ‘unsafe place’ emotionally.

Police interviewed Suzanne’s sister Melinda Baumunk, who revealed a textual content Suzanne despatched her two days earlier than her disappearance that learn, ‘It’s onerous coping with the cruel abrasiveness and having to indicate respect. He’s been so abusive, emotionally and bodily. There’s a lot… I went through a interval of acceptance and I really feel extra offended now. Anger at what I’ve allowed.’

Baumunk advised police that this was the primary time she was listening to that Barry was bodily abusive and when she heard of Suzanne’s disappearance three days later, she stated ‘rattling it, rattling it rattling it’ to herself as a result of she was sure that Barry had killed her.

Baumunk added that Suzanne had inherited about $208,000 from their mom Adrienne, when she died in 2013, and one other $217,000 from her grandmother-in-law Helen Burnette, who died in 2017. 

Suzanne’s cellphone included a listing of shorthand notes detailing the abuse she alluded to in her texts to Baumunk. 

The notes embody, ‘Stalking Sheila and me in home with out telling,’ ‘Chased me round resort and threatened,’ ‘Not protected alone with you. Can’t be trusted,’ ‘Oppressive,’ ‘Slam on breaks when offended,’ ‘Threaten to leap out of automobile’ and ‘Gun.’ 

Police revealed in courtroom that Suzanne had been having a two-year fling with Libler, whereas Barry had accessed porn web site Superstar Jihad and extramarital courting website Ashley Madison. 

A choose allowed the discharge of the arrest affidavit laying out investigators’ case in opposition to Barry after ruling final week that there was sufficient proof for him to face trial for homicide within the presumed dying of Suzanne.  

Barry Morphew has consistently denied the allegations that he killed his wife. According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Johnny Grusing, he appeared shocked when he was arrested on May 5

Barry Morphew has constantly denied the allegations that he killed his spouse. Based on Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Johnny Grusing, he appeared shocked when he was arrested on Might 5

Police on Monday released a photo of missing mom Suzanne Morphew’s abandoned bike. She went missing on Mother's Day 2020 and still hasn't been found

Police on Monday launched a photograph of lacking mother Suzanne Morphew’s deserted bike. She went lacking on Mom’s Day 2020 and nonetheless hasn’t been discovered

Barry regarded raveled however comfortable as he walked to his automobile after leaving the Chaffee County Probation Division. 

He was ordered to put on an ankle monitor forward of his trial for homicide and proof tampering, which is scheduled for Might 2022. 

He will even be required to stay in and largely stay in Chaffee County and might be barred from contacting numerous individuals concerned within the case. 

Nevertheless, he’s nonetheless permitted to keep up a correspondence together with his and Suzanne’s two daughters – Mallory and Macy.  

Barry stayed at this Holiday Inn hotel room on May 9, 2020, before leaving to return to his hometown of Maysville the following day. His co-worker, Jeff Puckett, then checked in and says he found the room scattered with wet towels and stinking of chlorine

Barry stayed at this Vacation Inn lodge room on Might 9, 2020, earlier than leaving to return to his hometown of Maysville the next day. His co-worker, Jeff Puckett, then checked in and says he discovered the room scattered with moist towels and stinking of chlorine

Jeff Puckett (pictured) was hired by Barry for work on a landscaping project near Broomfield. But the job never materialized and he told DailyMail.com that the experience has left him suspicious

Jeff Puckett (pictured) was employed by Barry for work on a landscaping challenge close to Broomfield. However the job by no means materialized and he advised DailyMail.com that the expertise has left him suspicious

Barry was launched on the identical day Colorado cops revealed a photograph of Suzanne’s deserted bike on Monday. 

Particulars in regards to the couple’s troubled marriage have been beforehand mentioned in courtroom throughout a listening to on the proof within the case. 

Within the affidavit, investigators stated that after Barry realized he couldn’t management Suzanne’s insistence on leaving him ‘he resorted to one thing he has accomplished his whole life – hunt and management Suzanne like he had hunted and managed animals.’

Barry refused to take a polygraph check within the days after his spouse was reported lacking on Might 10, 2020, which was Mom’s Day, the affidavit stated.

Barry, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, didn’t initially inform investigators that he went out of his means as he left for work that morning, driving towards the place the place his spouse’s bicycle helmet was finally discovered. 

Later, he stated he went that means as a result of he had seen an elk cross the highway, the affidavit stated.

Suzanne’s physique has not been discovered.

Barry is also charged with tampering with a human physique, tampering with bodily proof, possession of a harmful weapon and trying to affect a public servant. 

In this still image from video, Barry Morphew, center, appears in court in Salida, Colorado on May 6, 2021

On this nonetheless picture from video, Barry Morphew, middle, seems in courtroom in Salida, Colorado on Might 6, 2021

Morphew (pictured in court in May) was released on Monday but will have to wear an ankle monitor as a condition of his release and will be forced to stay in Chaffee County

Morphew (pictured in courtroom in Might) was launched on Monday however must put on an ankle monitor as a situation of his launch and might be compelled to remain in Chaffee County

The 130-page arrest affidavit unsealed by police consists of particulars of notes Suzanne stored on her cellphone about her husband Barry’s alleged ‘abuse.’

New particulars within the case in opposition to Barry embody secretly recorded notes and recordings documenting his abuse and a textual content Suzanne despatched him 4 days earlier than she went lacking saying she was ‘accomplished, let’s deal with this civilly.’ 

Prosecutors advised the courtroom that they imagine Barry killed his spouse on the night time of Might 9 and will have disposed of her physique on the distant Garfield Mine, 12 miles from Salida. 

In police interviews, Barry admitted driving near the turn-off to the mine within the early hours of Might 10 – however claimed he had accomplished so as a result of he had noticed a bull elk.  

The choice to ship Barry to trial got here after a four-day preliminary listening to in August that shattered the portrait he had painted of a contented, problem-free marriage. Morphew has not but been requested to enter a plea. 

In courtroom, prosecutors introduced textual content messages between her and a good friend from 2019 and 2020 by which she complained that her husband was selecting fights and placing their youngsters within the center.

Cops stated the pair had been preventing for years, with Barry accusing his spouse of being a ordinary drunk and a drug addict who purchased hashish from road sellers.

However in addition they stated he was desperately preventing to avoid wasting his marriage however to no avail with Suzanne texting him on Might 8 to say – ‘I’m accomplished’.

That night, Suzanne had a pizza from Moonlight Pizza and Brew Pub, telling Libler that she had loved herself.

The next morning, Suzanne and Barry had mentioned going climbing however she spent many of the morning sending pictures to Libler whereas he labored.

Barry returned dwelling at 2.40pm. Simply seven minutes later, his cellphone was put in airplane mode the place it stayed till 10.17pm that night.

Suzanne despatched a last message to Libler simply after 2.30pm and made one final name. The cellphone was not used once more.

Police and prosecutors say it was that afternoon that Suzanne was killed, with witnesses revealing Barry had a dart gun that investigators stated was the homicide weapon.

Agent Johnny Grusing of the CBI advised the courtroom that the animal tranquilizer it contained would have knocked Suzanne out in round 10 minutes after which triggered respiratory difficulties and hypoxia. 

Grusing stated the heavy respiratory attributable to the drug would have appeared like loud night breathing. Barry repeatedly advised investigators that the final sound he heard from his spouse was ‘gentle loud night breathing’.

Pictured, Garfield mine near Morphew's home where it is believed that Barry dumped evidence

Pictured, Garfield mine close to Morphew’s dwelling the place it’s believed that Barry dumped proof

Cadaver dogs are brought back to the scene where Chaffee County Sheriff's officers, FBI and CBI were searching for Suzanne Morphew in May 2020

Cadaver canines are introduced again to the scene the place Chaffee County Sheriff’s officers, FBI and CBI have been trying to find Suzanne Morphew in Might 2020

On the morning of Might 10, knowledge from Barry’s white truck reveals the door was opened seven occasions between 3.25am and three.49am.

At 5am, the truck left the Morphew dwelling and drove near the Garfield Mine earlier than being picked up on digital camera in close by Poncha Springs at 5.14am.

Barry then drove to Broomfield, close to Denver, for a landscaping job however truck knowledge confirmed he stopped a number of occasions and he was picked up on digital camera dumping trash in dumpsters alongside the best way – together with at a McDonalds and at a Males’s Wearhouse.

He then headed to a Vacation Inn in Broomfield, the place he left the room reeking of chlorine and affected by moist towels based on co-workers Morgan Gentile and Jeff Puckett.

Puckett advised DailyMail.com in an unique interview final September that he had additionally discovered ripped up insurance coverage paperwork stuffed within the trash can. 

In police interviews, Gentile stated the job – which Barry claimed was pressing – was scheduled for the next day and that he had been as a consequence of decide her as much as drive to Denver at 5.30pm on Might 10.

As a substitute, she acquired a name at 11am telling her he was already there and to drive herself up, and to convey an additional employee. 

By the point Gentile and Puckett arrived, Barry had already left citing a household emergency.

The following morning, she acquired one other name from Barry at 7.30am by which he stated Suzanne had vanished and advised a mountain lion might be in charge.

Undersheriff Rohrich described the video Barry made pleading for his spouse’s protected return as ‘crocodile tears’.

He advised the courtroom: ‘I considered it like crocodile tears. He acted like he was crying however no tears.’

The couple with their two daughters, Mallory and Macy, who have been supporting their father

The couple with their two daughters, Mallory and Macy, who’ve been supporting their father 

When police searched the house, they discovered it ‘completely clear’ however discovered a stay .22 caliber bullet mendacity on the ground subsequent to Suzanne’s facet of the mattress in the main bedroom.

In addition they found the charred stays of ring binders and a lacquered piece of wooden within the hearth – regardless of firewood positioned close by – and found an empty tranquilizer casing within the dryer, together with a pair of Morphew’s khaki shorts.

Police additionally revealed that the door of the main bedroom bore marks in step with being compelled open, whereas Barry himself was discovered with scratches to each fingers and his higher left arm.  

EXCLUSIVE: A bullet within the bed room, tranquilizer dart within the dryer and fingernail marks on his arm: The ten most damning items of proof investigators imagine will nail Barry Morphew for the homicide of his spouse 

Within the a number of days of dramatic preliminary hearings, authorities have introduced a mountain of proof in opposition to Barry Morphew, proof the imagine is convincing sufficient to show he murdered his lacking spouse Suzanne. 

Scratches on his fingers and arms, a bullet discovered within the couple’s dwelling and a tranquilizer dart positioned within the dryer are among the many most damning items of proof in opposition to the Colorado husband and father-of-two.  

Barry, 53, stands accused of first-degree homicide, proof tampering and different prices in reference to the disappearance of his 49-year-old spouse, whose physique has by no means been discovered. Based on Barry, Suzanne – who was having a two-year affair with married dad-of-six Jeff Libler – disappeared final Might after going for a motorcycle experience. 

Barry’s protection lawyer Dru Nielsen has questioned police’s timeline of occasions main as much as the disappearance as he argues that the case ought to be thrown out earlier than it goes to a full-scale homicide trial.

However investigators have revealed holes in Barry’s story that they are saying show he murdered his spouse. 

Listed here are the ten most damning items of proof up to now: 

Scratches to Barry’s fingers and higher arms 

Undersheriff Andy Rohrich advised how Barry was interviewed and photographed on Might 13 – three days after Suzanne vanished. 

The pictures present barely-healed cuts to each Barry’s arms and what Rohrich described as ‘fingernail marks’ to his higher left arm. 

Tranquilizer dart discovered within the dryer 

An empty tranquilizer dart was discovered within the dryer of the house, together with a pair of khaki shorts. 

Barry was caught on safety footage in khaki shorts on Might 9. 

He claimed he has the darts to tranquilize deer as a way to minimize off their horns. However Rohrich stated no minimize horns have been discovered within the dwelling. 

Bullet by the mattress 

Rohrich testified {that a} .22 caliber spherical was discovered on the ground of Suzanne Morphew’s bed room subsequent to her facet of the mattress. 

Barry owns a .22 caliber pistol which he says he makes use of to shoot chipmunks.

Broken door

Rohrich additionally spoke of cracks within the door of the master bedroom on the Morphew dwelling the place Suzanne and Barry slept. 

He stated he spoke to the previous homeowners who stated there was no injury to the door when he offered the Morphews the house. 

Rohrich stated primarily based on his police expertise, the door appeared to have been battered down.

Lacking quarter-hour 

On the morning of Might 10, knowledge from Barry’s truck reveals the door was opened seven occasions between 3.25am and three.49am. 

At 5am, the truck left the Morphew dwelling and was picked up on digital camera in Poncha Springs at 5.14am as he drove to Broomfield for a job. 

However Barry admitted in an interview that he first made a detour that took him near the distant Garfield Mine after allegedly seeing a herd of elk. 

Police imagine he was doing one thing else. 

On the morning of May 10, data from Barry's truck (pictured)  shows the door was opened seven times between 3.25am and 3.49am

On the morning of Might 10, knowledge from Barry’s truck (pictured)  reveals the door was opened seven occasions between 3.25am and three.49am

Deer discrepancies

Barry has stated he adopted the elk as a result of he hoped to see the place they stopped so he may accumulate fallen horns. 

However police stated deer don’t shed their horns in Might and that it could have been pitch black at 5am that day. 

Police additionally disputed his story about utilizing his tranquilizer to stun a deer in April to chop the horns off. 

No minimize horns have been discovered within the Morphew dwelling – and Rohrich identified that deer don’t develop horns till a lot later within the 12 months.

Deleted texts

Barry admitted to deleting texts on his cellphone between him and Suzanne on Might 21 – after the police investigation had begun.

Agent Johnny Grusing advised courtroom that he claimed to have accomplished so to keep away from hurting daughters Mallory and Macy. 

One of many texts he deleted was unearthed in July 2020 and browse ‘I’m accomplished’. 

Police confronted him with the textual content and he claimed she wouldn’t have left as a result of she beloved her household an excessive amount of.

Particles within the hearth 

Police stated they discovered the remnants of a bit of lacquered wooden within the hearth on the Morphew dwelling – regardless of a stack of firewood close by. 

Additionally discovered within the hearth have been the stays of burned paperwork and books. Police had been advised Suzanne at all times stored a bible and her journal by her mattress. 

They discovered the Bible however didn’t discover the journal. 

Undersheriff Andy Rohrich spoke of cracks in the door of the master suite at the Morphew home where Suzanne and Barry slept. Rohrich said based on his police experience, the door appeared to have been battered down

Undersheriff Andy Rohrich spoke of cracks within the door of the master bedroom on the Morphew dwelling the place Suzanne and Barry slept. Rohrich stated primarily based on his police expertise, the door appeared to have been battered down

Trash runs

Barry was repeatedly caught stopping as he made his option to Broomfield to get rid of trash, together with at a McDonalds and at a dumpster outdoors a Males’s Wearhouse the place he bought a brand new outfit. 

He had claimed to be tidying his truck.

However when he arrived again on the Morphew dwelling on Might 10, police stated his truck was nonetheless stuffed with litter and bits of trash, and confirmed pictures to show it.

Stinking lodge room

Barry had a job in Broomfield, Colorado, on Might 11 and was as a consequence of accumulate worker Morgan Gentile at 5.30pm on Might 10. 

However as an alternative, he instantly determined to go on Might 10 – arriving in Broomfield early that morning. 

Based on Gentile and co-worker Jeff Puckett, he left the room reeking of chlorine and affected by moist towels.





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