Authorities in Colorado have accused a man of hunting down and killing his wife after she tried to end their relationship. Prosecutors allege that Barry Morphew, 53, murdered his wife and then staged a crime scene to make it look like she disappeared.
A neighbor reported Suzanne Morphew missing on Mother's Day in 2020 after she failed to return from a bike ride. Investigators found her mountain bike and helmet on the side of the road but never found her body. They also found empty tranquilizer darts inside Morphew's garage.
Prosecutors claim that Barry was abusive to his wife and tried to control her life. She believed he was having an affair, and in 2019, she started having an affair of her own with a man she met in high school. Four days before she disappeared, Suzanne sent him a text message saying their marriage was "done."
"It had become clear that Barry could not control Suzanne's insistence on leaving him, and he resorted to something he has done his entire life — hunt and control Suzanne like he had hunted and controlled animals," prosecutors wrote in an affidavit.
Barry has denied the allegations and claimed he had no knowledge that she was cheating on him. He pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a dangerous weapon, and attempting to influence a public servant. He was released from jail after posting a $500,000 bond.