Suzanne Morphew’s sister revealed that the missing mother-of-two shared fears for her safety shortly before she was allegedly murdered by her husband Barry.
Melinda Moorman called into local Colorado station Heart of the Rockies Radio on Saturday and recalled how her missing sibling had sent a series of ‘telling’ texts shortly before her disappearance in May 2020.
‘She definitely made implications that she had concerns about her safety and the condition of their relationship had, I think, deteriorated quite a bit over the last several years.’ she said in reference to Suzanne’s relationship with her husband Barry.
Suzanne Morphew’s sister Melinda Moorman (pictured) recalled how her missing sibling had sent a series of ‘telling’ texts shortly before her disappearance in May 2020
Colorado mother of two, Suzanne Morphew (pictured) went missing May 10, 2020 and has not been seen since
Moorman lives in Sevierville, Tennessee, while Suzanne’s home was in Salida, Colorado.
Moorman explained that while she and Suzanne were not the kind of sisters who spoke on a daily or even weekly basis, the siblings had a ‘very intuitive and a very close relationship and we were very connected.’
She added: ‘And when we did speak, it was unspoken many things but we shared many similarities on our own journeys personally, martially, and she relied on my counsel.’
Moorman said that just before her May 10, 2020 disappearance, her sister sent her a ‘very profound’ text message, although she does not elaborate on what was said.
‘She was transparent with me, particularly the Friday before she went missing, she revealed a very telling text to me it was very profound, very transparent and it showed the state of her mind on that Friday she disappeared.’ she told the radio host.
Earlier this month, Moorman claimed the Morphews had been experiencing money problems before Suzanne’s disappearance, and had been ‘living beyond their means.’
They lived in a large, $1.6 million home in Salida, which was sold a few months after Suzanne disappeared. Barry had moved into a smaller condo in the area before his arrest.
While Suzanne’s body has not been found, police charged her husband Barry Morphew 52, with first-degree homicide on May 5 this year.
That charge came almost a year after the 49-year-old mom of two vanished without a trace on after reportedly setting off on a Mother’s Day bike ride from the home she shared with Barry near Salida, in Chaffee County.
Morphew sent her final texts to Moorman on the final day she was seen alive, May 8 2020.
She was reported missing by her two daughters when they returned home from a camping trip two days later on Mother’s Day, and could not find their mom.
Police have still not located Morphew’s body and Moorman shared her agony at not having a body to bury, as the hunt for Suzanne’s remains continues.
‘It still weighs heavy on us, it is a very difficult complex grief that we are enduring and without her remains it is a devastating heartbreaking place to live.
‘And we do hope and we pray that our remains will be found and that the person responsible will come clean and reveal the truth about where she is, so that we can give her a proper burial and love her the way she needed to be loved.’ she said.
Moorman also insisted she takes ‘no joy’ in her brother-in-law’s arrest.
‘As Suzanne’s family we take no joy in what has happened to Suzanne or Barry or our beautiful nieces, or Barry’s family. we are broken hearted at every level and we find no delight even in his arrest,’ she said. ‘It is a tragedy for all of us. the ripple effect is profound, our lives will never be the same.’
Moorman added that ‘it is just beyond me’ when asked about claims her sister’s alleged killer husband Barry Morphew used her sister’s ID to fraudulently vote for Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.
When questioned by an FBI agent in April over the ballot, Morphew said he submitted it because he ‘wanted Trump to win’.
‘I know she (Suzanne) was going to vote for Trump anyways,’ he allegedly told the agent.
Barry Morphew 52, (pictured) was charged with first-degree homicide in connection to his wife Suzanne’s May 2020 disappearance
Suzanne was said to have been last seen by he husband Barry, (pictured together) on the morning of Mother’s Day 2020
Barry and Suzanne Morphew (pictured together) in happier times. Barry was charged with first-degree homicide in Suzanne’s May 2020 disappearance
Police searched the Colorado home (pictured) of missing mother Suzanne Morphew, 49, as they investigated her disappearance
Suzanne was said to have been last seen by Barry, on the morning of Mother’s Day, May 10.
Barry claimed he left their home early and traveled to Denver for a landscaping job.
Officials were told Suzanne set out on a bike ride some time after his departure, but no eyewitnesses saw her out and police have never been able to confirm whether or not she went on a bike ride that day.
Suzanne was reported missing by a neighbor after her daughters Mallory and Macy were unable to contact her by phone when they were returning from an out-of-state camping trip.
Her bike was discovered abandoned on a rural track a short distance from her home later that day.
Barry said he drove back to their home later that day before the job had begun when he learned his wife was missing.
The mom-of-two – who previously worked as a middle-school teacher in Indiana – was last active on social media the day before her disappearance when she posted a picture to Facebook with her two daughters.
A huge search was launched to find Suzanne, involving over 100 law enforcement officials, multiple tracker dogs and dive teams combing through the land and waters near to the Morphews’ home.
But the hunt yielded no clues as to Suzanne’s whereabouts.
Barry pledged a $100,000 reward for any information that led to her safe return, which was matched by a family friend, bringing the reward total to $200,000.
Colorado police then revealed they had found a ‘personal item’, believed to be a bicycle helmet,belonging to the missing mom around 500 meters from her home.
Later the same month, investigators carried out their first search on the home she shared with Barry. They were seen carrying evidence bags and equipment out of the property.
A three-day search was also carried out a residential building site in Salida, around 12 miles from the couple’s home, where Barry had been paid to lay dirt.
In July, investigators carried out a second search of the Morphew’s $1.5 million home. The couple are said to have had money worries, with Barry Morphew selling the luxurious home shortly afterwards.
DailyMail.com then exclusively revealed in September that Barry had spent the night before Suzanne was reported missing at a Holiday Inn hotel in Denver for a landscaping job – and left the room reeking of chlorine.
Barry’s co-worker Jeff Puckett told DailyMail.com he took over the hotel room on May 10 and found it scattered with wet towels and stinking of chlorine.
Puckett said he was ordered to Denver by Barry that morning but didn’t see him because he had already left ‘due to a family emergency’.
‘I got there Sunday night and the room smelled like chlorine real bad,’ he said.
‘It was his room and he’d taken a shower – his towels were all over the floor.’
The hotel confirmed to DailyMail.com that they do not use chlorine to clean guest rooms and had handed security footage from the weekend of May 9 to police.
An unnamed friend friend of the 53-year-old told The Sun on Monday that Morphew, ‘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.’
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.’