The sister of Suzanne Morphew has said she forgives her sister’s husband – who has been charged with her murder – in an emotional appeal to reconnect with the couple’s two adult daughters.
Suzanne’s sister Melinda Moorman made her moving comments to KXRM-TV on Wednesday after Barry Morphew, 52, was arrested on charges of first-degree homicide, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.
Moorman said that it has been over a year since she has been able to have any contact with her nieces, Mallory and Macy.
‘I would say to Mallory and Macy that I’ve been praying for you every day and that I adore you girls as the offspring of my beautiful sister and I will never stop loving you,’ Moorman said.
‘I am here for you whenever you need me girls, I am here and I have all the love in the world for you. And I love your dad, though he has done a terrible thing, I still love him girls, and I will pray for him and I will continue to pray for him, and I will never stop.’
She added: ‘I am here waiting for you girls, whenever you need me.’
The sister of Suzanne Morphew, pictured before her disappearance, has said she forgives her sister’s husband, Barry Morphew, who has been charged with her murder
Melinda Moorman, not pictured, said that it has been over a year since she has been able to have any contact with her nieces, Mallory and Macy, pictured
Suzanne Morphew’s husband, Barry, was arrested on charges of first-degree homicide, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant
Suzanne, 49, vanished without a trace on May 10, 2020 after reportedly leaving for a bike ride from the family’s home near Salida, in Chaffee County, Colorado.
Barry has maintained his innocence in the case over the last 12 months but his apparently odd behavior before and after his wife’s death, and some encounters that have been described as ‘weird’, has come under increased scrutiny.
It is not clear what developments in the case led to Barry’s arrest over her murder.
‘It’s been a long journey of a lot of heartache, a lot of brokenness, a lot of sadness for two families. This isn’t just about Suzanne. This is about a ripple effect into the lives of so many people that I care about. Barry’s family. My family,’ Moorman told KXRM-TV.
‘But you know, it’s almost a year and it’s been a year of growth for a lot of us. And it’s a relief. I have a lot of mixed emotions today. I have a great joy for my sister and yet a deep sadness for the family of Barry Morphew, a deep sadness there too.’
Moorman also remembered her sister as a ‘delight’ and a ‘rose among thorns’ while noting that Suzanne ‘would only want people to forgive and reconcile the brokenness in this world.’
‘She would never ever want bitterness or hatred to enter any of our hearts,’ she said.
‘I don’t know what the future brings, just like I couldn’t have ever predicted this. I’ve had to live one day at a time through this journey and that’s the way I’ll continue, one day at a time with God’s grace and his direction.’
Moorman sang praises for Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze and how he has handled the investigation – as he and District Attorney Linda Stanley defended it from criticism that it has taken almost a year for an arrest.
Moorman praised Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze in an interview on Wednesday
Moorman, not pictured, also remembered her sister as a ‘delight’ and a ‘rose among thorns’
Barry Morphew had offered a $100,000 reward for the return of his wife and claimed she was abducted – though he has now been arrested and charged with her murder nearly a year later
Spezze and Stanley admitted in a press conference held Wednesday evening that they do not know what caused Suzanne’s death – but implied that they know of an ‘incident’ that may have led to her killing.
Moorman called Spezze a ‘man of his word’ and ‘a man of integrity’ while saying she has ‘the highest regard for him.’
‘A year ago, when my sister went missing, he reached out to me with sincerity and concern and he promised be that when the perpetrator was found and arrested, I would be the first person he would call,’ she told KXRM-TV.
‘I took him at his word. He did what he said he was going to do. He has never faltered and he has my forever gratitude, forever.’