CO CO - Suzanne Morphew, 49, Chaffee County, 10 May 2020 #62 *ARREST*

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  1. 10ofRods

    10ofRods Verified Anthropologist

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    Most household security systems focus on the house. They have motion detectors inside the house, glass break alarms etc. They show a part of the driveway and the front/back porches in some cases (outdoor cameras are usually more expensive).

    We have several trail cams in addition (to capture the area past our fence where people keep dumping trash, to capture the area near our mail box, etc). It just wasn't cost effective to buy the wireless cameras that go with our security system for outdoors, and the trail cams can be moved (there's a cat getting into our backyard and we'd like to know which one it is - so we moved a trail cam). They are very handy.

    Trail cams are motion activated. We have both visible and well hidden ones. They have pretty sharp views of night time scenes, as well. It's kind of a pain having to go retrieve the card inside to see what's going on - but the huge amount of data stored from our house cameras (we have three) is daunting as well. For my DH, it's just way easier to go and retrieve the card when he sees the trash or evidence of the cat.
     
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    10ofRods Verified Anthropologist

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    Actually, they had already arrested her. They were going to prosecute the case. as a no body case and if ever. there was a case in which they would be possible, that's Letecia. Stauch's case (so much blood in the basement).
     
  3. jakat

    jakat Well-Known Member

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    PE guys with Lauren Scharf talking about the security system at Puma Path and the rentals along with lots of other stuff. It was Barry and Suzanne's wedding anniversary as well.

     
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  4. Bumping my post.

    It has been a week since the judge ordered the AA to remain sealed. I am watching the docket for any Media appeal.

    Past time to see a redacted AA released!
     
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    BM would have easily been able to drive the Bobcat up in the woods behind his house , they pretty much will travel in all terrain.
    Agree with 100%. I think that LE kept a watchful eye on his business dealings and smoke screening instead of looking for Suzanne.
     
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    It was easy for me to rationalize BM reportedly putting up trail cams during AM's private search. I didn't see it as suspicious because he could have been concerned about something being planted on his property, as an example. Emotions were running high during that search. Profiling Evil talked about it constantly, talked about it while the search was happening. The news reported on it. <modsnip> They were asking for volunteer searchers - but who were all these people? I think most were good folks who wanted to help, but I promise you, you have to be careful with volunteer searchers. Today, I still don't believe SM is or ever was buried on PP property. I also didn't believe BM or the girls should have participated in that search. With BM charged and jailed with murdering SM, it's a moot point now anyway. IMO
     
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  7. jakat

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    Lauren said the neighbor told her there were cameras all over pointing at every angle of the house, driveway, road. I wonder if the security system was on or off. I don't believe anyone ever knew.
     
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    Trackergd Verified SAR Manager and Tracker - Retired

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    Other than in the early 80's, every search I was involved with that had LE presence, they were carefully and quietly photographing every volunteer searcher, media types, vehicle license plates in the area and any public that showed up to gawk at the search operation or public press conferences.
     
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    I made a mistake. It was the neighbor who knew where the cameras were located. She also talked about the cameras in the rentals and said the batteries were dead. After watching the video I had a better feel of what the property is like.
     
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    It would not surprise me if the security system had a monthly monitoring charge.
    It would also not surprise me if BM had gotten behind in his bills and that was one bill he had stopped paying.

    JMO, MOO
     
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    Some thoughts on your late night pondering @OldCop It was an very interesting play (and smart) by the Defense to introduce “protecting the daughters as victims”. Not saying the Defense is heartless, but their #1 goal is BM. Delaying the release of the AA bought the Def a couple of months time to tear into the DA’s evidence and to work on discrediting the “witnesses” before even having a prelim. The Def is going to paint BM as a victim of character assassination by LE, a targeted POI when LE should have looked at others. Def is going to go after evidence as handled sloppily, tainted by errors of an over zealous “in the sticks” sheriff & deputies.

    We don’t know when the girls were originally scheduled to return home from the trip that possibly their dad had even arranged. What if they originally planned on being home on Saturday, plans to spend Sunday with their mom? BM calls daughters & says there’s no hurry, he & SM are going hiking/biking, go ahead & spend an extra day, don’t come home until Sunday.

    The only information regarding the daughters trip, timing, etc. has pretty much came from BM statements, as LE nor the girls have made statements regarding timing.

    I wonder if the girls did get home Sunday before BM (he ret’d about 9pm iirc). If LE talked to the girls right away, they would have been very responsive, unguarded and eager to help find their mom. They may have been the ones to allow LE to walk through the home looking for their mom. BM was never allowed to return to the home until after the first search warrant was completed. Someone had to retrieve an article of SM’s for the prison tracking dogs (for scent purposes) I assume. It could have been the daughters who retrieved it.
    I’m starting to ramble and don’t mean to. There’s a ton of info we don’t know. Always enjoy your posts @OldCop.
    No links to add, mostly my musings and from memory. MOO
     
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    jakat Well-Known Member

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    ITA
     
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    <modsnip- quoted post removed> Imagine what a tragedy this whole thing created for those families and the daughters if it wasn't Barry. There are a few of those cases where LE got the wrong guy and those families never heal. We don't know yet what hard evidence they have that connects Barry and only glimpses at what we might think is the circumstantial evidence so both sides are advantaged to "us". I do not see the defense going down some "wild goose chase" looking for the boogeyman. But I think the AA has been beat to death. We're not going to see it until it is cleaned up of any speculation, extraneous conversations and information inadmissible and Barry is bound over for trial in my opinion.
     
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    The dog handlers (as an example) I know who get call out's from LE, are very strong and meticulous with their documentation when they arrive at a search area and leave the search area. When they start a search, how many cars are parked from those participating, who from LE is on-scene, is family on the sidelines, media, trash on the ground, animal scat in the search area, anything novel that stands out, etc. This of course is in addition to the wind direction, weather conditions, time of day, condition of their dog (any medication the dog is on, any injuries they have or recently recovered from, etc.) and so on. You never know what could be important to an investigation and end up in court. I remember a handler telling me their first court appearance felt like they were justifying their very existence with their dog. They are use to it now. IMO
     
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    I think he killed her in the house and took her outside. Somewhere, but on the PP property.

    MG said he worked at the beach site Friday night. They both worked at the beach site on Saturday for 2 hours. Then he had to go home and make the wife happy hiking or biking.

    JP said he was at DMI fixing the BobCat at lunchtime, 1 or 2 p.m. MG said he was seen in town shopping and JP said he bought chlorine and supplies at the Spa and Stove at 4, 5 or 6 p.m. He probably went home and Suzanne was texting with her bff when ???

    I think she's buried at Puma Path. Somewhere.

    JMO
     
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    I found it interesting that the only "dog reaction" that was explored by LE from the public search in the fall seems to be that other lot out in the new subdivision. So much brew haha about the "lack of response". But I don't know that we know how much and how frequently LE used dogs in an official capacity. Most of it came out of the public search that Andy organized. I have to believe that LE knew what they were doing as they sifted through the 1400 tips and possible info that was turned in by the public during that fall search. I am also one who thinks you need a whole lot more than a dog reaction to send a person to prison for life and how LE decides what is legitimate and needs more investigation and what is just a dog sniff is important....and their decision to make. That is why we have the justice system we have. Police are people and their job is to find bad guys. We need them in the world. Trials put their theories, facts and findings to the test. It's the very definition of the word trial.
     
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    <modsnip>
    Yeah if the defense raises it, and BM makes some sort of allegation, it only serves to provide motive for him to have done what he did, although I personally think it is most likely monetary, as he is a money obsessed narcissist. Even if there is nothing, emotional or otherwise, to indicate that sort of thing, BM seems so controlling and aggressive that even the perception that she was connecting with anyone else (he was probably even jealous of her friends having close relationships with her) would set him off. I think CM mentioned that Barry travelled all the way to Florida one time to just pop in on one of her girl trips. this is classic abusive psycho controlling behavior.
     
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    What's a real shame for me personally is people will think this is the normal way dogs are utilized. That people show up with their dogs, not invited by LE, and step into a very active investigation of a missing person case. This also took valuable resources away from the community and LE were good sports about looking into potential evidence during the private search.

    THIS was a very poor showing for the working dog community. IMO

    Suzanne Morphew - Chaffee County Sheriff
     
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    I think there was evidence found on the PP property. Evidence bags were shown being removed from the home. I have reason to think someone’s been there digging recently.
    I’m really curious too about Count IV which the dates coincide with the sale of PP⬇️

    COUNT 4-POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON (F5)
    Between and including May 9, 2020 and March 4, 2021, Barry Lee Morphew unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly possessed a dangerous weapon, namely: short rifle; in violation of section 18-12-102(3), C.R.S.
    MOO
     
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    There is a security system at PP. I posted the link with Lauren Scharf and the PE guys here at WS. Lauren interviewed the neighbor and the neighbor said the cameras are everywhere, pointing at the driveway, the property, the road. I have to wonder, though, were they working the night Suzanne was murdered.

    I never knew trail cams were so effective. It's great you can capture what's going on so far away, and that you have hidden ones as well. What is it with people dumping trash anyway!

    I just have a house security system that works off of wifi. It's got all the bells and whistles to keep the unwanted ones out, but to keep my husband in and to stop him from running away. Dementia does that to a person sometimes. I can see almost everything from my phone which is good. It's working for now.
     
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