THE husband of Suzanne Morphew, a Colorado mother who went missing on Mother's Day last year, has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
Barry Morphew was charged on Wednesday with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempt to influence a public servant, Fox reports.
“My first reaction is relief,” Melinda Moorman, Suzanne’s sister, told Fox 21.
“And grateful. I’m just so grateful.” Moorman said she is thankful for law enforcement’s “tireless” work throughout this investigation, noting Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze called her this morning to tell her about the arrest.
“Today, justice is beginning for my sister,” Moorman added.
“It’s been a journey that no one ever imagines that they’ll take.”
Suzanne Morphew, 49, was reported missing by her neighbor on Mother's Day last May 10.
She reportedly left her home on a bike ride and never returned.
Barry Morphew has maintained his innocence throughout the year-long investigation into Suzanne's disappearance.
In media interviews, he pushed the possibility that of Suzanne went missing due to an animal attack, an accident with someone on the road, or a run-in with another person as the cause.
He also posted videos online last year as he claimed he hoped for her return home.
"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," he said in a May 17 video posted to Facebook.
"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 added.
Despite Barry's public comments, Suzanne Morphew’s brother, Andrew Moorman, has previously said he believed he had something to do with her disappearance.
He told Dr Phil that he believed his sister was "abducted, and in this case, murdered."
"I don't think she was taken to a second location, I think it happened at home," he said.
Andrew claimed he thought Barry was guilty "based on the behaviors and things that happened" but that he would "pray it's not."
Suzanne Morphew's body has never been found.
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