Video shows Barry Morphew’s reaction when police found his wife’s bike

CHAFEE COUNTY, Colo. – Newly released video highlights interactions police had with Barry Morphew during the initial search for Suzanne Morphew, who was reported missing on May 20, 2020 in Chaffee County.

Images from a body-worn camera shown in court on Tuesday was made public on Wednesday. The videos show Chaffee County deputies speaking to neighbors and Barry Morphew during the search for his missing 49-year-old wife.

Barry Morphew, 54, is charged with the murder of Suzanne Morphew and was arrested on May 5, 2021 on multiple counts including first degree murder. His body was never located. He also faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, attempting to influence a public official, tampering with a deceased human body and possessing a dangerous weapon.

Barry Morphew pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $500,000 cash bond on September 20, 2021. His trial is moving to Fremont County after the court ruled he was ineligible for bail. a fair trial in Chaffee County, a court ruled. order obtained by Denver7.

Of the four videos released on Wednesday, the clip titled “Room 1D” provides a glimpse of Barry Morphew’s initial reactions to hearing from MPs that his wife’s bike has been located.

Suzzanne Morphew reportedly left her Chaffee County home in the Maysville area by bicycle on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 7, 2020, and never returned. His bike was found three days later undamaged at the bottom of a hill.

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Exhibit 1D shows Barry Morphew arriving in a van and stopping as a deputy flags him down. Barry Morphew gets out of the truck and asks the deputy, “Where’s he, where’s the bike?”

The deputy tells him that his wife’s bike was found on an embankment just off the road. Barry Morphew then asks the deputy, “is it an accident?” The deputy responds by saying there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the bike, to which Barry Morphew responds by asking if a possible mountain lion attack was responsible, “lion, mountain lion?” we hear him ask the deputy.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/UURPAlYzLjE

The video continues, showing the deputy asking Barry Morphew about his wife’s usual cycling route. Near the end of the video, the deputy is seen talking to other investigators, showing them where the bike was found. At one point, these investigators ask him what Barry Morphew’s reaction is to learning that the bike has been found. The deputy told investigators, in a low voice, that “he (Barry) didn’t seem very distraught.”

Other videos released include footage of a body-worn camera of a deputy asking neighbors about the Morphew home as they show him where they last saw Suzanne Morphew. Another clip shows MPs coming on the bike found on an embankment.

Barry Morphew’s jury trial will begin May 3, 2022 at the Fremont County Courthouse.

Denver7 covered every day of Barry Morphew’s preliminary hearing in August. For more on the in-depth court discussions, click to read Day One here, Day Two here, Day Three here, and Day Four here. His 130-page arrest affidavit, which details allegations of why Barry Morphew was arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, was released in September 2021.

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