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Barry Morphew’s daughters claim his innocence in mom’s disappearance

Barry Morphew’s daughters claim his innocence in mom’s disappearance

The daughters of missing Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew tearfully hugged their dad when the murder case against him was dropped — insisting he “didn’t have anything to do with” their mom’s case.

Mallory and Macy Morphew were due to be key witnesses in the murder trial of dad Barry, until a Fremont County judge granted a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice on Wednesday.

The adult daughters wept and hugged their dad in the courtroom, before smiling widely as they held his hands while supporting him as he left court a free man.

“We miss our mom dearly and we know our dad didn’t have anything to do with it,” Mallory Morphew told the judge, saying they both “fully support this dismissal,” according to 9News.

Her sister, Macy, told the judge they were “thankful” for his decision.

The daughters of missing Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew tearfully hugged their dad when the murder case against him was dropped.
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Barry Morphew leaves a Fremont County court building in Canon City, Colo., with his daughters, Macy, left, and Mallory, after charges against him in the presumed death of his wife were dismissed Tuesday, April 19, 2022.




Barry Morphew leaves a Fremont County court building after charges against him in the presumed death of his wife were dismissed Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
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“We’re thankful we can go on with our life and just take time to heal,” she said, according to the local station.

Their 49-year-old mother has been missing nearly two years, since she failed to return from a biking trip on Mother’s Day 2020. The women had raised the alarm after she stopped replying to their texts.

The daughters have supported dad Barry throughout, being at his side for every court appearance after he was arrested and charged with murder and other crimes last year.

Suzanne Morphew with her daughters
Suzanne Morphew with her daughters, Mallory and Macy Morphew.
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Barry and Suzanne Morphew with daughters
The daughters have supported dad Barry Morphew throughout.
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Suzanne and Barry Morphew
Suzanne Morphew has been missing nearly two years.
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“Barry and his daughters are relieved, but they’re sad because they too want to know where Suzanne Morphew is,” freed man’s attorney, Iris Eytan, told 9News.

“Barry Morphew loves Suzanne Morphew. He loves her and he misses her and he wants to know where Suzanne Morphew is.”

Prosecutors said in a motion that they and law enforcement believe they’re “close to the discovery” of Suzanne Morphew’s body, focusing on a “remote and mountainous” region that is covered in 5 feet of snow.

Suzanne Morphew
Suzanne Morphew failed to return from a biking trip on Mother’s Day 2020.
Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office
Barry Morphew
Prosecutors on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges against Barry Morphew.
Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File

They sought the dismissal because they won’t be able to complete searches ahead of the trial, scheduled for April 28. The ruling allows them to charge Morphew again if fresh evidence is found later.

However, Eytan insisted to 9News that “they absolutely dismissed this case at this point because they knew they were going to lose this trial. And Mr. Morphew was going to be acquitted and exonerated.”

Suzanne’s brother, Andrew Moorman, told the station that “the dismissal is proper because more investigation needs to be done to find my sister.”

Barry and Suzanne Morphew
The ruling allows prosecutors to charge Barry Morphew again if fresh evidence is found later.
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Iris Eytan, center, the lead defense attorney for Barry Morphew, gets hugs from Morphew's daughters, Macy, left, and Mallory, while Barry Morphew gets ready to climb into his truck, Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Iris Eytan, the lead defense attorney for Barry Morphew, gets hugs from Morphew’s daughters, Macy and Mallory, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP
Barry Morphew, center, appears in court in Salida, Colo., Thursday, May 6, 2021
Barry Morphew appears in court in Salida, Colo., Thursday, May 6, 2021
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“We’re looking forward to finding our sister and bringing her home for a proper burial,” he said, adding, “I look forward to being back in this court.”

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