Missing mom Suzanne Morphew, 49, presumed DEAD in dad's obituary as he loses cancer battle 6 months after she vanishes

MISSING mom Suzanne Morphew is "presumed dead" according to her father's obituary.

Gene Moorman, 87, passed away in French Lick on November 11 – six months after his daughter, Suzanne, vanished in Maysville, Colorado.  


Tragically, Gene lost his cancer battle without ever finding out what happened to his missing daughter.

The obit, which was published in an Indiana newspaper following his death last week, indicated that the father did not expect Suzanne to be found alive and well. 

Published in The Herald Bulletin, the death notice wrote: "Gene is preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; the mother of his children, Adrienne (Burnett) Owen; wife, Lou Ann; and missing and presumed dead, daughter, Suzanne Morphew."

The obituary also asked mourners to make a donation to their local domestic violence organization. 

Suzanne’s disappearance has baffled detectives and captivated the American public.

Authorities recently marked six months since the mother-of-two vanished. 


The 49-year-old was last seen by her husband, Barry, on the morning of Mother's Day, May 10.

It is claimed Suzanne set out on a bike ride some time after Barry's departure, but no eyewitnesses saw her out. 

Her bike was later discovered abandoned on a rural track a short distance from her home. 

Suzanne was reported missing after daughters Mallory and Macy were unable to contact her. 

At the time Suzanne's disappearance was reported, her husband was 150 miles away, staying in Denver at a training course for his job as a volunteer firefighter.

The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office last week said they were still working “closely and tirelessly” with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the 11th Judicial District to find Suzanne.

They revealed there have been “hundreds of tips reported in this case” and said they are focusing on the mom’s social media presence as part of the investigation. 

Earlier this month a private dive team aided in the search for the missing mom. 


Suzanne’s brother, Andy Moorman previously pleaded with his brother-in-law to work with the authorities after he refused to take a polygraph test.

Although Andy said he was doubtful his sister was still alive, he refused to give up the search.

He told Fox News: ”My sister was just the sweetest person ever and anyone would have been happy to be friends or neighbors with her.”

“I’m not going to give up. I'm coming back out there to look."

Moorman not only pled with his brother-in-law to clear his name, but placed responsibility of her recovery on him as well.

He said: “Put my mind at ease and everybody out there's mind at ease if you want to shut the rumors down. That's the way you do it.”

"You need to find your wife. That should be your only goal is to find your wife and whatever you're asked to do by the authorities is what you should."

"If you're not guilty, step up to the plate.”


Despite making a video a week after Morphew had gone missing and offering a $100,000 reward for her recovery – on top of another $100,000 offered by a family friend – Barry Morphew has stayed relatively quiet about his wife’s disappearance.

In August, he broke his silence in a 25-minute interview with KXRM-TV about his wife's disappearance.

"My wife and I have been in love since 1988 and she’s the love of my life. And I continue to search for her every day and I will until I find her. I promise and I promised my girls that," he told the station's reporter, but declined to do the interview in-person nor wished the recording of the call be aired.

He continued: “This is the most devastating thing that has ever happened to me.”

"But I have got to keep my faith and trust in God. And Suzanne trusted the Lord and if one person got saved from this, she would think it was worth it.”

"And we are just a Godly, loving, caring, family and this thing is just a tragedy."

Morphew theorized his wife may have been attacked by an animal, or worse, may have encountered someone with negative intentions. 

But he said he was doing his best to search for the mother of his two daughters – despite what people believed about him.

He said: “I am afraid of what is out there.”

”People don’t know the truth, so they’re gonna think what they’re gonna think."

Responding to allegations he refused a polygraph test – he retorted he was never offered one.

He said: “I’ve never been asked to do a polygraph.”

“There is nothing that I am hiding. I have given three – 30 hours of testimony to the FBI and the CBI. I’ve answered every question. Every single question."

He did admit mistaking the timing of when he was working on his tractor.

He said: “It was only because I didn’t know the time that I did something, a mechanical thing, to my Bobcat.”

"I was confused and I just found out my wife was missing, and I was a little bit not in my right mind when they were asking me these questions, but I did the best I could and I answered everything. I never once declined any interview."

"The Sheriff’s Department screwed this whole thing up from the beginning and now they are trying to cover it up and blame it on me," Morphew offered instead.

"My buddy was there right after that, and he said that they completely destroyed the evidence, and he tried to stop them, but they wouldn’t listen to him and said, ‘this is not CSI,'" he said of a friend who watched Colorado sheriffs recover his wife's bike.

"There’s no evidence for the investigators to see because the Sheriff’s Department completely obliterated it."

However, Suzanne's brother Moorman takes fault with his brother-in-law's theory that Suzanne was attacked by an animal.

He said: “An animal did not attack her because there absolutely was no blood evidence and no tracks on the ground, no scent from an animal.”

"I stood there and looked and I realized that nobody rode over the side of that hill. There would have been signs of a struggle or you would have been skinned up."

Police have asked anyone who may have engaged with Suzanne on Facebook, Instagram, Voxer, FaceTime or WhatsApp to come forward and call the tip line on 719-312-7530. 


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