A year after she disappeared and days after her husband Barry was arrested for murder, Suzanne Morphew’s family is still trying to sort out what happened to the Colorado mom.
Her sister thinks money might be behind the mysterious disappearance.
“I think life happens, I think pressures and stresses in life, I think financial pressure bears in on people very heavily,” Melinda Moorman told CBS4 Denver. “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 very powerful thing in this life, and it brings great peace, and I don’t think Barry and Suzanne had gotten there yet,” Moorman continued. “That’s what I think kinda happened and I can’t really say more than that.”
Moorman told Inside Edition she thought Barry Morphew was “very dominant in the relationship and my sister was a very passive, gentle soul.”
While she didn’t initially believe her brother-in-law could be behind her sister’s disappearance, Moorman said she got a text message a few days before Suzanne Morphew, 49, disappeared that, in retrospect, raised some concern.
“The Friday before Mother’s Day, my sister had sent me a text message that morning. It was very lengthy. It was very powerful. It was very revealing,” Moorman told the program. “She had been ready to share some things close to her chest. She said she was scared.”
Suzanne Morphew went missing on Mother’s Day, purportedly during a bike ride near the couple’s $1.5 million home in Salida, Colorado, while her husband was supposedly 150 miles away in Denver. Morphew’s hotel room there reeked of chlorine, but he was no where to be found, despite summoning a co-worker to meet him, the man later told investigators.
Barry Morphew made his first court appearance Thursday, charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempt to influence a public official. He was ordered held without bail.
Body language expert Patti Wood noted during the 15-minute court appearance, Morphew kept his head up “and did not look submissive or shamed.”
But Wood told the Daily Mail Barry Morphew likely thought he was hiding how scared he really was.
“He did have one captured glance of stark fear and I wish I knew what was going on in that moment,” she said.
Wood also looked back at the Facebook video Barry Morphew posted a week after his wife disappeared, pleading for her return.
His appeal doesn’t strike her as genuine, and she said she detects several tells that something is up.
“Oh Suzanne,” Barry Morphew begins in the short clip, “if anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you — please we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back.”
Wood said during the video, Morphew started shaking his head as he said, “I will do whatever it takes” to get her back. And while he looks anguished, she said, his face does not change throughout the video.
“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. She called the video “unsettling to watch.”
Suzanne Morphew’s family and friends appealed to her husband to confess and reveal where her body is. He maintains his innocence.