Friend says Barry Morphew 'would know where to hide a body in Colorado'

Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested earlier this month and was charged with killing his wife who went missing on Mother's Day 2020

Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested earlier this month and was charged with killing his wife who went missing on Mother's Day 2020

A friend of a man who is being charged with killing his wife has said that he doubts anybody would be able to find the body if he really did kill her. 

The unnamed friend told The Sun on Monday that Barry Morphew, 53, 'knows the woods and Colorado better than anybody out there,' and 'there's no way in the world' police would find his wife, Suzanne's, body. 

'If he is guilty, I doubt anybody would ever find the body,' said the friend, whom The Sun did not name. 'He knows those woods and Colorado better than anybody out there — he hunted and fished every day of his life.'

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He added that police would not be able to 'cover that much ground,' and said he would be shocked if the police found Suzanne Morphew's body without someone coming forward and saying 'Hey, this is where it is.'   

Cadaver dogs searched a two-acre plot of land Barry owned in Salida in September and picked up the cent of human remains there. The property has since been sold, and a friend of Barry's said he doubts police would ever be able to find Suzanne's body if Barry had killed her

Cadaver dogs searched a two-acre plot of land Barry owned in Salida in September and picked up the cent of human remains there. The property has since been sold, and a friend of Barry's said he doubts police would ever be able to find Suzanne's body if Barry had killed her

Morphew was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in his wife's disappearance last Mother's Day

Morphew was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in his wife's disappearance last Mother's Day

Morphew had been arrested by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office and 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office earlier this month, nearly one year after a neighbor reported Suzanne, 49, missing after she went on a bike ride and did not return. 

Her body has still not been found.

He is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in his wife's disappearance.

In the interview with The Sun, the friend said he was 'shocked' by Morphew's arrest.

'I'm honestly shocked that they charged him with murder because you have to be missing for a year to be declared dead, so they didn't have a death certificate when they arrested him,' the friend said. 

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'They have circumstantial evidence I guess, but they've not released what they have,' he continued. 'So if you have that much evidence to say that she's dead, why did they not get a death certificate?' 

The friend also claimed that neither Suzanne nor Barry were ever unfaithful.

'From an outsider's perspective they had a great relationship,' he said, 'that's why it caught everybody by surprise.

'They weren't the couple that I would worry about. I mean it wasn't like the police got called on him for domestic violence or anything like that.'

One week after Suzanne's disappearance, Barry made a video pleading for her safe return

One week after Suzanne's disappearance, Barry made a video pleading for her safe return

Barry and Suzanne, pictured on their wedding day, were married for 26 years before Suzanne disappeared on Mother's Day 2020

Barry and Suzanne, pictured on their day, were married for 26 years before Suzanne disappeared on Mother's Day 2020

Prosecutors have not found Suzanne's body, and have not shared how they were able to charge Barry Morphew, but mentioned evidence of an alleged 'incident' shortly before Suzanne's apparent death

Prosecutors have not found Suzanne's body, and have not shared how they were able to charge Barry Morphew, but mentioned evidence of an alleged 'incident' shortly before Suzanne's apparent death

One week after Suzanne's disappearance after going for a bike ride from the luxurious wood-framed house she shared with Barry in Poncha Springs, he made a video, pleading for her safe return. He also offered a $200,000 reward for information. 

Suzanne's sister Melinda Moorman has said the Morphews were under 'financial strain' and that family problems had left her 'scared' on the last day she was seen alive. 

She told Inside Edition that her sister had sent her a text message the Friday before her disappearance that said she was afraid of Barry.

'It was very lengthy. It was very powerful. It was very revealing,' Moorman said of the text message. 'She had been ready to share some things close to her chest. She said she was scared.' 

Moorman also told CBS Denver that money worries were straining Suzanne and Barry's 26 year marriage around the time of her disappearance. 

She said: 'I think pressures and stresses in life, I think financial pressure bears in on people very heavily.

'It creates an atmosphere of discontent and strife and sometimes living beyond your means is a very hard thing to do.

'Learning to be content with what you have is a

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