The disappearance of Suzanne Morphew and her murder have baffled the nation since she vanished on Mother’s Day 2020 while riding a bicycle near her Colorado residence.
Since then, the case has become more murky after District Attorney Linda Stanley was accused of prosecutorial malpractice. She had dropped murder charges against Barry Morphew, Suzanne’s husband.
The three-and-a-half years since Suzanne disappeared, Barry Morphew was charged with murder in 2021. A judge dismissed these charges in April 2022. Authorities located Suzanne’s remains about 45 miles south from Maysville, in September. Stanley, the person who brought charges against Barry in the first place, is now under investigation.
In a statement, Iris Eytan who represents the Morphews family told Fox News Digital that they are “extremely discouraged and saddened” as it’s been two months since Suzanne’s remains have been recovered. They also claim to not have received victim notification regarding the cause and manner of her death or any other general information about the death investigation.
Suzanne’s bicycle was discovered in a ravine near the Maysville family home in Chaffee county, on the day that she went missing . Barry was in Broomfield at the time, a Denver suburb.
Barry was first accused of murdering his wife in 2021 when he was convicted for murder, tampering physical evidence and disappearance in connection with presumed death.
Barry was cleared of all charges a year later after prosecutors said they needed to spend more time searching for the body of his wife and other evidence that might impact on the case. Just before Barry’s trial, a judge accused Stanley of procedural infractions.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel filed a complaint on Oct. 30 against Stanley. It alleged that she had committed multiple acts of prosecutorial misconduct.
Stanley has 28 days to respond from the date of filing, or Monday. Fox News Digital has contacted Stanley’s office to get a comment.
Eytan, a Fox News Digital reporter, said of the investigation into Stanley’s conduct: “We are happy that the OARC has taken action on our request to investigate her prosecutorial misconduct and abuse.”
In the complaint, Stanley was accused of having frequent communications with Mike King who hosts a true crime YouTube channel named “Profiling Evil.” Stanley is said to have responded to King’s request for information on the case.
Stanley responded, “We’re sure it wasn’t a bloody death.” When King suggested that Barry had killed Suzanne in the hot tub at their house, Stanley said, “We don’t know if it was. The draining of the hot tub showed that it hadn’t been used for a while. “But keep spinning ideas in your mind!”
The district attorney was on the show to discuss the case in August 2021 and, allegedly, “made written comments in the online comment section following the podcast’s end,” using her actual username.
Stanley also had contact with Julez, the host of a true crime show called “True Crime With Julez.” When Wolf asked Stanley whether Barry would flee, Stanley replied, “[P]ossibly.”
In addition, the complaint alleges that, among other allegations of misconduct, the district attorney did not share with the defense the discovery evidence, including DNA-matching evidence, in a timely fashion.
The Morphew family home in Maysville and their vehicles have never been found to contain any human remains or blood.
DNA, however, was found on Suzanne’s glovebox. Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Joseph Cahill stated during a 2021 hearing that the partial profile investigators had been able to match profiles created in sexual assault cases from Chicago, Phoenix, and Tempe, Arizona. Barry’s lawyers told KUSA TV at the time that Barry’s DNA didn’t match this sample.
Stanley called the OARC investigation “a witch-hunt” in an interview with FOX21 Colorado Springs on July 22.
“I defend people every day. “It was hard for me to not be able stand up for myself,” she told The Outlet. “As it stands, the office has a major underfunding. This is a shoestring budget, so if one person leaves, everything will be thrown back. “But we only have very experienced prosecutors working in this office and I am so proud of them.”
Barry’s legal team, earlier this year, filed a 15 million dollar lawsuit, accusing prosecutors and investigators of violating Barry’s constitutional rights.
Eytan stated in a press release at the time that “Barry” was the individual who had been scrutinized and dissected the most, minute by moment, hour by hour. This included the use of law enforcement cameras placed by his house, as well as phone tapping and GPS devices installed on his vehicle.
Eytan added, “Instead of pointing the finger at Barry Morphew we should ask the officials how many missing persons and human remains have been found in Saguache County or nearby in recent years.”
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call 719-312-7530.