’48 Hours’ Covers Case of Missing Colorado Woman Suzanne Morphew
On Saturday's (Jan. 22) episode of "48 Hours," CBS covered the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew, the missing Colorado woman whose case has rocked the nation.
Suzanne disappeared from her Chaffee County home on May 10, 2020, when she did not return home from an alleged bike ride. Investigators believe that she is no longer alive, although they have not recovered her body.
Law enforcement stayed mum about the case for nearly a year until arresting Suzanne's husband, Barry Morphew, in May of 2021. In May of this year, he will face trial for multiple charges, including first-degree murder, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.
The "48 Hours" special largely focused on details made public in Barry's August preliminary hearings, such as Suzanne's affair and the mystery behind the day leading up to her disappearance.
Aya Gruber, a former defense attorney and professor of law at the University of Colorado Boulder, told CBS' Peter Van Sant about a piece of evidence authorities found in the Morphews' dryer: a cap to a dart used for tranquilizing animals.
From there, Gruber began to paint a picture of the day before Suzanne's disappearance, stating: "The prosecution's theory is that at some point, when Barry came home on the 9th and snapped, and decided to murder Suzanne, he used a tranquilizer dart that you would use on animals…"
During the preliminary hearings, investigators noted that, on May 9, 2020, shortly after Suzanne stopped texting her lover, Jeff Libler, Barry's phone showed him at the Morphew home — pinging in various locations around the property, as if he was chasing something.
Barry, an avid hunter, dismissed the pings and claimed that the "chasing" activity was him shooting chipmunks.
According to Fox21, on Monday (Jan. 24), Judge Ramsey Lama, who replaced Judge Patrick Murphy after he dismissed himself from further proceedings, presided over a motions hearing regarding the Morphew case.
FOX21 reporter Lauren Scharf tweeted that the hearing discussed the prosecution's handling of the preliminary hearings and DNA evidence from an unidentified sexual assault suspect found in Suzanne's car.
The station reports that Barry is also now allowed to visit his and Suzanne's daughters in Gunnison — differing from his previous bond arrangement, which forbade him from leaving Chaffee County.