“I’m scared of what we will find”: Brother of missing Chaffee County woman leads search efforts Thursday

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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — A volunteer search for missing person Suzanne Morphew began just after 8 a.m. on Thursday morning in Chaffee County. The search, which is scheduled to stretch through five more days, was organized and is being led by Andy Moorman, Suzanne’s older brother.

Morphew was reported missing on Mother’s Day, May 10, when she did not return home after a bike ride. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, which classified Morphew’s disappearance as a missing person’s case, says it has conducted several searches for the woman in the days and weeks since she was last seen.

Now that four months have passed with no sign of Morphew, her brother has enlisted a variety of experts and hundreds of volunteers to help.

“I’m scared of what we will find and I’m scared of what we won’t find,” Moorman said during Thursday’s search. “It’s a double edged sword.”

Moorman and the creators of a YouTube show called Profiling Evil began recruiting volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and specialties last month.

“I intend to search water, mountains, any caves, crevices, you name it… I believe we can cover a lot of ground and maybe turn up some evidence of Suzanne,” Moorman said.

A group of volunteers awaits direction before they begin searching for Suzanne Morphew in Chaffee County on September 24, 2020/Courtney Fromm, FOX21 News

Moorman relayed more than 550 people signed up to help look for Suzanne over the course of just about a month’s time.

A FOX21 crew on scene noted more than 100 volunteers were on hand Thursday morning, at the Poncha Springs Visitor Center, to get their assignments for the day.

Moorman identified a handful of team leaders, familiar with the area, to help guide them small groups of volunteers. Each volunteer was asked to use one of two tracking apps, which collect a range of data and will inform search organizers moving forward.

The apps should allow searchers to take pictures, describe items found, and even record longitude and latitude without requiring cell phone service.

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The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, while not at the helm of this particular search, have committed to serving in supporting roles.

Moorman said the last time he had any communication with Suzanne was May 2, days before she was reported missing.

“I’m not accusing anybody,” Moorman has told FOX21 News. “That is for the police to do. I just want to find my little sister. I want to bring her back home and give her a proper burial.”

Barry Morphew, Suzanne’s husband, told FOX21 News on September 3, that he planned to help with the search and attend a vigil scheduled for Friday night at Riverside Park in Salida.

FOX21 crews on scene report they have not seen Barry, so far, as they work to cover the events of the day.

To date, no suspects or persons of interest have been named in this case.

Anyone interested in joining the search efforts can sign up here.

Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Suzanne Morphew is asked to call the tip line: 719-312-7530.

This article will be updated.

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