Mystery deepens as new clues found in search for missing mom

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KNEWZ.COM|Charlotte Lee
Suzanne Morphew has been missing for almost 150 days…

The private search for Suzanne Morphew concluded this week with no conclusive new leads on the missing Colorado woman — news that will surely come as a blow to loved ones who have been searching tirelessly for the mother-of-two.

As CBS Denver reports, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday — on the final day of the extensive six-day search for the 49-year-old — confirming that several pieces of potential evidence had been found by volunteers, which they will continue to follow-up to determine if they are connected to Suzanne’s disappearance.

“The investigative task force remains resolved in their commitment to finding Suzanne, and our hearts go out to her family and friends,” said Sheriff John Spezze.

Suzanne Morphew was reported missing nearly five months ago after leaving her Salida home for a bike ride on Mother’s Day.

As reported previously, the law enforcement team responded to collect several pieces of possible evidence found by the searchers across the county from September 24-29, and Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said they will continue to follow-up to determine if there is any connection to Suzanne’s disappearance.

Tuesday Search Ends With No New Leads In Suzanne Morphew Disappearance

Over the past several days, the brother of Suzanne Morphew, Andrew Moorman, led hundreds of searchers from across the state and country through the mountainous Colorado countryside, in the hopes of finding any clue that would link to the Colorado woman’s disappearance.

Moorman, after raising more than $20,000 for the independent search and spearheading the six-day hunt, will return to his hometown in Indiana this week and leave the investigation in the hands of local authorities. He believes his little sister was murdered.

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As local Fox News affiliate KXRM Colorado Springs reports, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office clarified Tuesday reports that sniffer dogs had detected the scent of possible human remains on three separate properties in the area.

One of the locations investigated by the task force was along the Arkansas River in the county, however the dog handler used on the private property explained that the trained animal did not “alert” to anything, but did show interest.

A second property near Colorado woman Suzanne Morphew’s family home was also investigated after the same dog team alerted to an area on that private property. A third location was then identified when a different pair of cadaver dogs alerted searchers. According to the sheriff, all three properties were secured, excavated and investigated extensively by members of the task force and found to have no evidentiary significance to the case.

None of the private properties are owned by Suzanne’s husband, Barry Morphew, contrary to earlier reports.

Also this week, members of the law enforcement task force responded to the report of human remains trained dogs “alerting” on three separate properties in Chaffee County. To clarify, none of these properties are owned by members of the Morphew family.

Volunteer search for Suzanne Morphew concludes: Sheriff says “this investigation continues to move forward”

KXRM Colorado Springs

Speculation — and hope — was reignited Tuesday after the Daily Mail published photos of FBI and CSI investigators digging up a plot of land “owned by” Colorado woman Suzanne Morphew’s husband.

Agents were seen working on the spot on Sunday, and again on Monday after sniffer dogs picked up a scent on the property.

Barry Morphew, a landscaper, did not take part in the search organized by his brother-in-law, but did allow searchers to scour the grounds of his Maysville home on Sunday.

At the time his wife went missing, Barry was 150 miles away working on a job just outside of Denver. He rushed back to Maysville after receiving a panicked call about Suzanne’s disappearance.

The dig is taking place on a plot of land in Salida’s Longhorn Ranch district – a vacant site with several lots, one of which is owned by Suzanne’s husband Barry Morphew, 52.

EXCLUSIVE: FBI and CSI teams are seen preparing to dig up plot of land owned by Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew’s husband where dogs detected the smell of human remains

Daily Mail

“The level of commitment from the entire team from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, CBI and FBI investigators is unprecedented and unparalleled,” said Sheriff John Spezze, local NBC News affiliate KUSA Denver reports.

“While the public may not see all of the effort being put forth in this case, I can assure the community that this investigation continues to move forward.”  

Since Colorado woman Suzanne Morphew was reported missing in May, more than 1,000 tips have been called in and followed up, 180 interviews conducted in multiple states, more than 130 searches conducted and a total of 4,000 hours spent by Task Force investigators on the case.

Suzanne’s husband believes she was attacked by a mountain lion, however brother Andrew Moorman maintains his sister was abducted and murdered. A $2,000 reward is being offered for information in relation to her disappearance.

A $200,000 reward is offered for information related to Morphew’s disappearance. Half of that money is being offered by Morphew’s family, according to a Facebook group set up to help find her. The other half is coming from a family friend who decided to match the family’s offer.

Most recent search for missing Chaffee County woman ends with no new leads

KUSA Denver

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