Morphew's brother organized an independent search that began late last week for the missing mother of two who went missing on Mother's Day.
The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said Monday that no remains have been found in the case of Suzanne Morphew, a woman who was reported missing in May. The statement was in response to several media reports that suggested search dogs working on land owned by Morphew's husband had picked up a possible scent of human remains.
Morphew, a 49-year-old mother of two, went missing on Mother's Day when she went for a bike ride and didn't return. The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office commenced an extensive search for Morphew and investigated more than 600 leads about her potential whereabouts but have so far been unable to find her.
When search and investigation efforts failed to find Morphew over the summer, Morphew's brother, Andrew Moorman, organized an independent search for his sister earlier this month with the help of a team from Profiling Evil, a team of intelligence and criminal behavior experts. The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are serving in a support role of the search and not in a lead capacity.
"We will be staffing our command post with liaison personnel to assist Moorman search members," said Chaffee County Sheriff John A. Spezze in a statement about the role the department is playing in the independent search. "Our SAR units will be on hand to assist with Moorman search team accountability and other search team coordination issues. Our crime scene team will be available to document and collect any evidence if found. We will have both Chaffee County and CBI case Agents on hand in this endeavor as well. As with any major undertaking it takes many different resources to complete a task and we once again appreciate the Moorman Search effort and its many volunteers."
Volunteers from across Colorado, and across the country, combed through remote areas of Chaffee County Thursday in search of Suzanne Morphew during day one of the multi-day volunteer search. https://t.co/sU2GJzCy9X— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) September 25, 2020
The effort spearheaded by Moorman's team found and reported several items it thought might be connected to the case on September 24, the first day of the search. The Chaffee County Crime Scene Team recovered the items but later released a statement saying it does not believe the items are connected to the case.
On Monday, the search team reported the potential discovery of the scent of human remains to the sheriff's office. Law enforcement officials said there have been a handful of potential leads that have been pursued as a result of the volunteer search; however, nothing has been identified as related to Morphew’s disappearance.
The investigation into Morphew’s disappearance remains ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI tip line at 719-312-7530.