SALIDA, Colo. — A vigil for missing mother and wife, Suzanne Morphew, will be held in recognition of the second year anniversary of her disappearance.
On May 10, 2020, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office responded to County Road 225 and West Highway 50 on a report of a missing woman. Suzanne Morphew, 49, from Maysville reportedly went on a bike ride in that area and had not returned home. A search began immediately. Investigators found her bike but her body has still not been found.
Attendees gathered at Riverside Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday to hear guest speakers and a written poem by a community member. Tisha Leewaye, one of the organizers of the vigil, has made the vigil an annual event since Morphew’s disappearance.
“I just wanted to keep her name out there. She was part of our community,” Tisha Leewaye said. “I want her to find justice.”
Morphew was a client at the Factory Salon where Leewaye formerly worked. Leewaye remembers seeing Morphew as a regular customer before her disappearance.
“I wanted something that’s memorable for her in this town, so I thought a tree would be nice,” said Leewaye.
T-shirts and bracelets will be available at the event to raise funds for The Alliance, an organization that provides crisis intervention, support and emergency shelter for women and men suffering from domestic violence. Funds raised from bracelet sales will go toward a tree planted in her name to keep her memory alive. The plan is to plant the tree in Riverside Park in Suzanne’s honor.
If you would like to purchase a $30 t-shirt or would like to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 100% of the proceeds will be going towards The Alliance. Shirts are GILDAN 100% heavy cotton-unisex in sizes M, L, XL, XXL, and 4XL.
According to court documents, law enforcement believes they are close to locating the body of Suzanne Morphew. Police believe her body is in a remote and mountainous region near the Morphew residence. However, the weather has complicated recovery efforts, according to court documents. The area received significant snow before the search could be completed.
Her husband, Barry Morphew, was arrested on May 5, 2021, in connection with her murder. Last month those charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning charges against him could be refiled.
A dedicated tip line has been established by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. That tip line number is 719-312-7530. Anyone with information into the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew is asked to call the tip line.