The eyes of America are on Barry Morphew following his arrest over the murder of his missing wife, Suzanne.
The Colorado landscaping boss, 53, was charged Thursday with first-degree homicide, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant almost a year after Suzanne, 49, vanished into thin air.
Investigators have failed to find Suzanne’s body and they have not revealed what prompted them to arrest Barry near his home in Salida.
Thus, armchair detectives have been poring over old footage of Barry in a bid for clues, and they watched closely during his first court appearance earlier this week.
But amateur sleuths lack the expertise of body language specialist Patti Wood, who has also viewed video of the father-of-two.
Wood provided her expert analysis on Barry’s behavior to DailyMail.com, and she says she is troubled by what she has seen.
Wood believes that while Barry tried to project strength during his first showing in court, he actually had a fearful look in his eyes that betrayed his confident posture.
She also claims to be ‘unsettled’ by the public plea Barry released last May after Suzanne disappeared. The body language expert says Barry appeared to be faking his distressed facial expressions and had several tics that were troubling.
Barry Morphew , 53, was charged Thursday with first-degree homicide, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant almost a year after Suzanne, 49, vanished into thin air. The couple are pictured in an social media snap taken several years ago
Investigators have not located Suzanne’s body and have not revealed what prompted them to arrest Barry near his home in Salida. Barry is seen in a mugshot taken this week
Barry appeared in a Colorado court on Thursday, a little over 24 hours after his shock arrest. He has previously denied any involvement in Suzanne’s disappearance and the country was captivated as he shuffled into the courtroom for the advisory hearing
Barry appeared ‘strong’ during his court appearance with his head upwards and his shoulders straight – but his eyes gave a way a ‘stark fear’
Barry appeared in a Colorado court on Thursday, a little over 24 hours after his shock arrest.
He has previously denied any involvement in Suzanne’s disappearance and all eyes were on the accused as he shuffled into the courtroom for the advisory hearing.
‘Handcuffs and shackles encumber him, so it isn’t easy to get a clear read on him, but overall I would say he is still feeling strong,’ Wood told DailyMail.com.
‘He is standing up fairly straight and, even with the handcuffs, his carriage is held upwards.’
Wood also noted that for the duration of the hearing, Barry kept his head up most of the time, and did not look ‘submissive or shamed’.
But Wood posits that he might have been hiding how scared he actually was, as she stated that there was no disguising a look in his eyes.
‘He did have one captured glance of stark fear and I wish I knew what was going on in that moment,’ she explained.
While Barry might have been hiding how scared he actually was, body language expert Patti Wood stated there was no disguising the look of fear in his eyes
Barry ‘faked’ his ‘pained expressions’ during his public appeal for Suzanne’s safe return one week after her disappearance
A week after Suzanne was reported missing on May 10 2020, Barry released a public appeal in which he pleaded for his wife’s safe return.
‘Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there and can hear this, that has you, please, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back,’ Barry said in the video as his voice cracked and his brows furrowed.
‘We love you, we miss you, your girls need you. No questions asked, however much they want – I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you, I want you back so bad,’ he continued.
Barry appeared extremely distressed and on the verge of tears during the recorded statement.
But Wood says that, on closer inspection, Barry displays some troubling tics.
A week after Suzanne was reported missing on May 10 2020, Barry released a public appeal in which he pleaded for his wife’s safe return
‘He shakes his head [as if to say no] subconsciously to all the messages that might not be true or are not what he wants,’ Wood told DailyMail.com.
‘He starts shaking his head when he says “If anyone is out there” and “I will do whatever it takes”,’ she explained.
Wood also noted that while Barry looks anguished, his face does not change at all.
‘We see pain in his face, but notice it doesn’t move across his face and change as he speaks, but seems set like a mask which reveals that he put on or faked the pained expressions,’ she theorized.
Wood concluded that she found the video ‘unsettling to watch, because Barry’s nonverbal delivery is so off from what would be normal baseline behaviors for someone whose wife is missing’.
Meanwhile, she also asserted that Barry’s words were often just as troubling as his actions.
She claimed Barry ‘awkwardly’ addressed his wife at the beginning of his appeal by saying: ‘Oh, Suzanne’.
‘That seems forced, speeded up and over rather than lingering with affection or concern,’ Wood claimed.
She additionally states that it is noteworthy that Barry does not repeat Suzanne’s name often during his appeal.
‘Spouses typically repeat their [missing] partner’s name over and over, and keep talking and pleading endlessly until they run out of time on the segment or until they breakdown with emotion.’
Barry sounded ‘on the edge of anger’ during his only media interview back in September
Barry largely avoided the media, turning down multiple requests for interview.
Apart from his recorded public plea on May 17, Barry has not discussed Suzanne on camera.
However, in September, he gave a short phone interview with FOX 21 reporter Lauren Scharf as interest in the case continued.
The phone chat occurred shortly after a co-worker of Barry’s claimed he had left a hotel room reeking of chlorine on the day that Suzanne was reported missing.
Barry admitted that the room smelled strongly of chlorine, but claims he had nothing to do with the stench.
Barry and Suzanne pictured together with their daughters Mallory and Macy in a social media snap taken several years ago
Body language expert Patti Wood
‘I’m not going to beat around the bush… it smelled [of chlorine] real strong,’ he conceded during the phone interview.
‘I did not go to the pool and I did not get chlorine. I’m sure that they washed the rooms with that for the COVID. I don’t know, but I [smelled] it too when I was in there,’ Barry further stated.
Wood told DailyMail.com that it was strange Barry shunned the media spotlight because ‘if your loved one is missing typically you want to find them and will talk to the media freely and openly’.
After listening to the phone interview, she claimed Barry seemed ‘mad at the reporter’ and his voice appeared raised.
‘He sounded on the edge of anger,’ Wood theorized.
Despite his recent charges, Barry still has a legion of supporters who are standing by him.
He and Suzanne’s adult daughters, Mallory and Macy, are vehemently backing their dad and were present during his first court appearance.
The sisters mouthed ‘We love you’ as Barry shuffled out of the courtroom in cuffs.
Barry has long insisted he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance. They are pictured on vacation
Suzanne and Barry are pictured in a photo shared to Facebook several years ago
TIMELINE OF SUZANNE MORPHEW’S DISAPPEARANCE
May 8, 2020: Suzanne is last seen by locals in her hometown of Salida, Colorado
May 10: Suzanne is reported missing after her daughters, Mallory and Macy, return from a camping trip in Idaho and were unable to make contact with their mom. Police theorize Suzanne had set off on a solo bike ride as her bicycle was missing from her home. Her husband, Barry, is reportedly out of town at the time. Her bike was discovered a short distance from her $1.5 million home the same day.
May 11: Police launch large-scale search of the rural areas around Salida, complete with drones and cadaver dogs. There is no sign of Suzanne
May 15: A personal item of Suzanne’s – believed to be her bike helmet – is discovered a short distance from her home
May 17: Barry Morphew releases a public video tearfully begging for Suzanne to come home and offering a $100,000 reward for her safe return
May 19: Investigators seize the Morphew home to carry out a thorough search of the property. They are seen leaving the property with evidence bags. The home is later handed back to the family
May 22: Investigators conduct a three day search at a riverfront property around 12 miles from Barry and Suzanne’s home. Barry had reportedly completed landscaping work at the residence shortly before Suzanne’s disappearance
July 10: Police search the Morphew home for a second time, seizing more evidence from the property
August 11: Barry gives his first interview since Suzanne’s disappearance. He insists he has nothing to do with her mysterious vanishing
September 3: Barry’s co-workers reveal he spent the night before Suzanne’s disappearance at a cheap hotel in Denver and left the room reeking of chlorine
September 24: Suzanne’s brother, Andy Moorman, launches his own six-day search to find his sister, saying he believes she was ‘murdered’
October 14: Barry shares old photos and love letters from Suzanne in a bid to prove his innocence
November 18: Suzanne’s father, Gene Moorman, passes away. In his obituary, Suzanne is ‘presumed dead’
March 5, 2021: Barry and Suzanne’s $1.5 millionhome in Salida is sold after six months on the market
May 5, 2021: Barry is arrested on charges for murdering Suzanne