Colorado Mom Missing: $200,000 Reward Offered for Safe Return of Suzanne Morphew

Updated on May 17, 2020
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Kym L. Pasqualini is the founder and former CEO of Nation's Missing Children Organization and National Center for Missing Adults.

Suzanne Morphew went out for a bike ride on May 10, 2020, and never returned in Chafee County, Colorado.
Suzanne Morphew went out for a bike ride on May 10, 2020, and never returned in Chafee County, Colorado.

Authorities in central Colorado are frantically searching for Suzanne Morphew, 49, who has been missing since Mother’s Day. Just after 6 p.m. on May 10, 2020, a neighbor alerted the Chaffee County Communications Center that Morphew had not returned from a bike ride.

Suzanne Morphew is missing from the small community in Maysville, Colorado, approximately 120 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
Suzanne Morphew is missing from the small community in Maysville, Colorado, approximately 120 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.

Suzanne was biking near her home in Maysville, a small community in Chaffee County, approximately 120 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. She never returned.

A personal item of Suzanne Morphew’s was found in the vicinity of County Road 225 and West U.S. Highway 50.
A personal item of Suzanne Morphew’s was found in the vicinity of County Road 225 and West U.S. Highway 50.

There have been numerous reports Suzanne’s bicycle has been found just west of County Road 225 and West U.S. Highway 50, however, the Sheriff’s Office has only confirmed “a personal item was found” they believe belonged to the missing cyclist.

According to a press release, members of the Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are conducting a comprehensive search of the area.

More than 50 investigators and searchers will concentrate on the area to find additional items or clues that might lead them to Suzanne. The search closed U.S. Highway 50 over Monarch Pass for several hours according to 9 News.

Over the past week, more than 100 personnel from law enforcement and search and rescue teams have searched for Suzanne. They have used tracking dogs and drones to aid in the search. Members of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the South Ark Swiftwater Rescue Teams have also searched the watershed areas of the Arkansas River. In addition, Reach Air Ambulance has flown several search missions, but Suzanne has yet to be located.

Barry and Suzanne Morphew who has been missing in Maysville, Colorado since May 10, 2020.
Barry and Suzanne Morphew who has been missing in Maysville, Colorado since May 10, 2020.

Suzanne is married with two daughters, and family members told CBS 4 Denver News that her husband Barry was approximately 150 miles away, in Denver, when she vanished.

Suzanne Morphew and her two daughters.
Suzanne Morphew and her two daughters.

Suzanne is a cancer survivor and a “fighter” who is very close to her two daughters.

“We are strong and so is Suzanne,” said her nephew Trevor Noel. “We’re searching tirelessly and know that she is resilient and tough. We will find her and bring her home. Suzanne, we love you!”

Her community has banded together to support the Morphew family. “She is truly the sweetest, loving soul I know,” one wrote.

Authorities have not released many details about the missing person case, but Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze told media that he is not ruling out foul play. Authorities do not believe Suzanne was attacked or trapped by animals.

A $200,000 is being offered for Suzanne’s safe return. No questions asked. A $100,000 was placed by Suzanne’s husband Barry and the other half by a generous family friend.

A GoFundMe campaign has also raised in excess of $25,000 for the search effort headed by Trevor Noel.

Donations will be put directly towards:

  • Supporting the well-being of Suzanne’s family.
  • Food for family and volunteers.
  • Housing accommodations for family.
  • Compensating family and volunteers for their time spent away from work and with the Morphew family.

The “Please Help Us Find Suzanne and Get Her Home Safe” page indicated Trevor and the family will be tracking expenses meticulously, allocating the appropriate funding to all designated areas detailed in a report of costs.

“We are progressing and are NOT slowing down the search,” Trevor Noel told the DailyMail.com. “We are covering the mountains on foot and ATV when possible and all surrounding areas looking for any sign of her.”

In addition, a “Find Suzanne Morphew” Facebook page has drawn support of the public with close to 5,000 people following the page.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew, please call the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office at 719-312-7530 or Chaffee County Crime Stoppers at 719-539-2599.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Kym L Pasqualini

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