Colorado police are zeroing in on a new area in their search for Suzanne Morphew after the discovery of a ‘personal item’ that is believed to belong to the missing mom.
Morphew, 49, has not been seen since she set out on a bike ride from her home in Maysville on Sunday afternoon. Her neighbor reported her missing just hours later and search efforts began ‘immediately’.
Morphew’s bike was recovered late Sunday night, but there were no other clues as to her whereabouts despite the deployment of drones and sniffer dogs.
However, the discovery of the Morphew’s personal item on Thursday may now help with a break in the case.
Police have not disclosed what the item is, but say it was found near the junction of County Road 225 and Highway 50 – around 500 meters from Morphew’s home. A trail is located close by.
Morphew, 49, has not been seen since she set out on a bike ride from her home in Maysville on Sunday afternoon . On Thursday, a ‘personal item’ thought to belong to the mom-of-two was discovered near a trail a short distance from her home
Police have not disclosed what the item is, but say it was found near the junction of County Road 225 and Highway 50 – around 500 meters from Morphew’s home. A trail is located close by
More than 50 people are now combing the immediate area trying to find anything else that may belong to Morphew. Highway 50 has been temporarily closed amid the search.
The discovery of the item comes after Morphew’s family offered a $200,000 reward for her safe return with ‘no questions asked’.
It remains unclear whether Morphew was at home alone before she set off on Sunday’s bike ride. Her husband, Barry, was reportedly out of town at the time. The couple are parents of two adult daughters.
The FBI has been called in to assist in the search operation as well as personnel from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze told KRDO on Thursday evening: ‘I can’t say whether the circumstances of her disappearance are suspicious and I can’t share what we’ve found.’
The FBI has been called in to assist in the search for Morphew . Her bike was recovered on Thursday
Morphew’s husband, Barry (left), was reportedly out of town some 150-miles away in Denver when she went missing
Suzanne and Barry Morephew lived in Maysville, a small community close to the larger town of Salida. ABC 13 filmed vision of Highway 50
Spezze declined to comment when pressed on whether Morphew’s husband is cooperating with authorities in their investigation.
However, he has 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,’ Morphew’s nephew, Trevor Noel, told DailyMail.com.
‘We are progressing and are NOT slowing down the search,’ Noel added.
Barry has 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)
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.’
Barry and Suzanne Morphew are pictured in a photo shared on social media. He has not commented publicly since his wife’s disappearance
Meanwhile, locals have taken to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page to express their worry over 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.
Suzanne and Barry Morphew are pictured with their two daughters