CO CO - Suzanne Morphew, 49, did not return from bike ride, Chaffee County, 10 May 2020 #2

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  1. lucidtx

    lucidtx Western CO

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    Something I've noticed is that when someone is missing and likely deceased, families often cling to less-likely scenarios like a kidnapping or voluntary disappearance - anything that leaves open a possibility of the person returning home.
     
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  2. MadTing

    MadTing Well-Known Member

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    Its really hard to call how sincere these pleas are but one thing that absolutely stuck out like a sore thumb is this guy seems to be utterly convinced she was kidnapped. Whether that's also sincere i don't know but that sure is the message he wants to put out.
     
  3. MsBetsy

    MsBetsy Well-Known Member

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    I assume he means the kidnappers.
    Or maybe he thinks his wife ran off with another man and he is willing to pay to get her back. Probably not, though.
     
  4. Knox

    Knox On Time Out

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    I have no doubt they are not getting info from LE.

    If I were in their shoes and didn't have a lot of information, I would be scared to do something which could harm the investigation. I would work to provide whatever was needed to clear myself quickly, so I could align my efforts with LE & the investigation. My first priority would be to support their efforts and help in any way I could, which includes following their advice. I certainly wouldn't be offering rewards, asking the public to question LE about evidence, and now putting up video's on a private facebook page.

    Why hasn't LE acknowledged the reward?

    Acknowledging I am a flip-flopper. The video initially plucked my heart strings, but on repeated review ...
     
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  5. 10ofRods

    10ofRods Verified Anthropologist

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    Great catch, needs to be emphasized. Of course, some people on this forum had already noticed that nowhere do we see this information.

    She could have been gone from the night before. The thing is, although they don't think it was an "animal attack," I think everyone in that region knows that if she did have a bad accident, was disoriented, tried to walk home and got lost, with no one to call in that she was missing...one night out in 40° temps might have resulted in her death. Whereupon even animals that don't regularly attack humans (like bears) will come and drag the body off. While searches have been done within about a 2.5 radius of the bike, there's a lot of terrain to cover and searchers were looking primarily for a person, not drag tracks (which can be scant if near the river).

    If I were in an accident a mile or two from my house, on a bike, and needing to get home quickly, I might try walking down the river (which has been thoroughly searched, as I understand it). If a bicyclist had just had an accident involving another car, maybe they'd be really reluctant to walk on the highway (while disoriented).

    If it were getting dark, especially. Suzanne might very well try to use the river as my guide, as it ends up right in Suzanne's backyard.

    But now, we have the puzzle of how long did this family go without checking on each other? As facts come out, the family is probably very pained by this kind of scrutiny. Maybe they tried all day to reach her on Sunday.

    How did anyone figure out that she went on a bike ride in the first place? What did the neighbor actually say in the 911 call? Doesn't it sound like the neighbor knew she went on a bike ride, even before the bike was found? Who found the bike?

    Did the neighbor merely report her missing and then, after the bike was found, everyone assumed she went that day? Then, upon further investigation, it turns out that there's no objective evidence of when she left the house.

    And we have no LE statements about when she was last seen by Husband. Daughters are accounted for IMO, living in different places while social distancing and still attempting to study/have a social life. Was Husband also living apart? MSM reports that he went to Denver for "training" but when did he leave?
     
  6. LietKynes

    LietKynes "Law is the ultimate science" Liet Kynes

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    bbm
    I think we all hope that !
    I'm on the rickety fence as well....

    There's a new feature : "Insert Quotes" :p
     
  7. Herat

    Herat Way out West

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    And if someone had her cell phone, say Saturday night (when I think this all most likely happened). It wouldn't be difficult to send a few texts saying she was planning a bike ride tomorrow because the weather was going to be so great.

    Not sure why she would supposedly let the neighbor know she was going for a bike ride. Did she usually do that rather than mention it to her kids or her husband?

    Anyway, most likely this all started Saturday, possibly Saturday night and the perp had adequate time to do all the texting from her phone to set up the scenario and cover all tracks by the time the neighbor was "alerted".
     
  8. LietKynes

    LietKynes "Law is the ultimate science" Liet Kynes

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    Idk.

    'Tis a mystery, is it not ????
     
  9. LietKynes

    LietKynes "Law is the ultimate science" Liet Kynes

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    bbm
    Well, yes.

    By the time the neighbor was contacted by the mystery person or family member I think Suzanne was long gone. :(

    We still do not know who said there was a bike ride.

    Want to bet LE have spoken to this neighbor and are keeping it close to the vest ?
    MOO
     
  10. wyome

    wyome Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking that right there. He comes across as a man that believes his wife had had enough imo. He really makes no plea, and when he does, he's talking to her. Seems like "no questions asked" is addressed to her.
     
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  11. clearskies1

    clearskies1 Well-Known Member

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    RSBM. I posted this upthread. A part of LE's initial press release. Not much detail but worded interestingly.

    "On May 10, 2020 at 1746 hours the Chaffee County Communications Center received a report of a missing female in the area on County Road 225 and West Highway 50.

    Members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and contacted the reporting party. They advised that their neighbor, Suzanne Morphew, age 49, from the Maysville area had reportedly gone for a bike ride in the area and failed to return home.
    ...."
    Missing Person - Chaffee County Sheriff
     
  12. Beth11311

    Beth11311 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly, I’d pull a Marc Klaas, be an open book, and do whatever needs to be done so I could be cleared, allowing LE to focus on the real perpetrator....if I was innocent.
     
  13. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, to LE and/or family, but it almost certainly would not have been communicated to the general public.
     
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    MsBetsy Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it would be any help to the investigation. People have already criticized Suzanne's daughters, they certainly don't need anymore stress than what they are going through now. They are not obligated to make any kind of public statement at all. I wouldn't want my daughter in front of a camera in this kind of situation.

    All teenagers are different, and if they want to make a statement I think that's fine, too.

    Imo
     
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  15. justtrish

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    Leticia was brought in for questioning though. She came up with a story about being raped to get out of being interrogated and then someone picked her up from the hospital. She essentially went on the run after that. I haven't heard that Barry has been interrogated. I brought up Leticia because they were on to her right away, they did take her to the station because her story was bogus and she lied some more and left town. I don't see anything pointing to this happening here.
     
  16. carbuff

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    He doesn't have to have the cash on hand right now. It wouldn't need to be accessed until and unless somebody gives the information and qualifies for the reward.
     
  17. Knox

    Knox On Time Out

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    How does the plea today fit in with the "it's too soon for a public appeal". Was day 7 the target, if they hadn't heard from anyone by then. BM would put out a public appeal?

    Just trying to get a sense of what the families thoughts are currently. To me it seemed like BM was speaking directly to a potential kidnapper. Why do they think this?
     
  18. Inthedetails

    Inthedetails Well-Known Member

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    Kudos to the neighbor for not creating a media circus but protecting the investigation. As much as I want to know about the neighbor's involvement, I respect the investigation and that the neighbor seems to respect it as well.

    jmo
     
  19. 10ofRods

    10ofRods Verified Anthropologist

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    First reaction: family is treating this as an abduction. He looks like he is in incredible pain just having to utter those opening words. I find him convincing so far.

    Which freaks me out a little, because if this is an abduction, it's almost the worst case scenario. Or actually is the worst case scenario. From my POV.
     
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  20. GordianKnot

    GordianKnot Former Member

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    BBM:

    Actually, that's not true.

    If LE found her helmet, it doesn't mean Suzanne was "for sure" knocked off her bike.

    That's certainly one explanation, but it's not the only possibility.

    It could be that SM removed the helmet herself voluntarily, for example, if she stopped to take a break at some point during her bike ride.

    It's also possible that someone may have ditched/planted the helmet outside in an attempt to misdirect LE's investigation.

    JMO.
     
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