The family of a Colorado woman who vanished last weekend during a Mother’s Day bike ride are offering a $200,000 reward for her safe return ‘no questions asked’, as they launch their own search for the mother-of-two.
Suzanne Morphew, 49, of Maysville, was reported missing on Sunday evening by a neighbour after she failed to return from a jaunt near County Road 225 and West Highway 50 in Chaffee County.
Search efforts began ‘immediately’ and have continued throughout the week, with more than 100 law enforcement officials from several different departments scouring the mountain roads in search of her.
The 49-year-old’s bike was recovered on Sunday evening, but, as of Thursday, there is still no sign of Morphew.
‘I can’t say whether the circumstances of her disappearance are suspicious and I can’t share what we’ve found,’ Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze told KRDO. ‘I can tell you that in addition to the search, we have an ongoing investigation.’
Suzanne Morphew, 49, of Maysville, was reported missing on Sunday by a neighbour, police said
The mother-of-two failed to return from a jaunt near County Road 225 and West Highway 50 in Chaffee County
Morphew’s husband, Barry, was reportedly out of town some 150-miles away in Denver when she went missing.
Spezze declined to comment when pressed on whether he is cooperating with authorities in their investigation, as did Morphew’s nephew, Trevor Noel, when pressed by DailyMail.com.
Barry has however pledged a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to her safe return. That sum was matched by a family friend, bringing the reward total to $200,000.
‘The $200,000 means that we’ll do whatever we can to get her back safely. No questions asked,’ Noel told DailyMail.com.
Chaffee County Search and Rescue, the Department of Corrections, and the Chaffee County Combined Tactical Team have tirelessly searching the area.
Numerous drones and eight different tracking and sniffer dogs from the Department of Corrections, and from Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado have been deployed the aid search efforts.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and a Swiftwater Rescue Team searched area watersheds, and Reach Air Ambulance flew search missions over the area.
Despite the extensive efforts, any sign of Morphew is yet to be yielded. Now members of her family are conducting their own search for her, separate from law enforcement.
‘We are progressing and are NOT slowing down the search,’ Noel told DailyMail.com as he was conducting a search party Thursday night. ‘We are covering the mountains on foot and ATV when possible and all surrounding areas looking for any sign of her.’
Morphew’s husband, Barry (left), was reportedly out of town some 150-miles away in Denver when she went missing
Barry has however pledged a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to Suzanne’s safe return. That sum was matched by a family friend, bringing the reward total to $200,000 (pictured: Suzanne with her two daughters)
Police declined to comment when pressed on whether he is cooperating with authorities in their investigation
‘She is truly the sweetest, loving soul I know. Praying without ceasing for her return home’: Locals have expressed their fears about Morphew’s wellbeing on Facebook
Noel has set up a Facebook page, Find Suzanne Morphew, to help spread the word of his aunt’s disappearance. He has also set up a GoFundMe page to help support family members and sustain their independent search.
‘We are strong and so is Suzanne,’ Noel said. ‘We’re searching tirelessly and know that she is resilient and tough. We will find her and bring her home. Suzanne, we love you!
‘She’s a beloved family member, and we want her back. Everyone in the family, we love her, we want her back.’
Meanwhile, locals have taken to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page to express their worry of Morphew’s disappearance.
‘She is truly the sweetest, loving soul I know. Praying without ceasing for her return home,’ one wrote.
Another stated: ‘Hoping she is located quickly. I’ve seen her and her husband at the gym. They’re wonderful people.’
FBI investigators have also joined the ongoing search effort. Anyone with information on Morphew’s whereabouts should call a tip line set up by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at (719) 312-7530.