Search Intensifies for Colorado Cyclist Missing Since Mother's Day

Jessica Coulon
Photo credit: Find Suzanne Morphew
Photo credit: Find Suzanne Morphew

From Bicycling

Suzanne Morphew set out from her home in Maysville, Colorado, on a solo bike ride on Mother’s Day. Five days later, Morphew still hasn’t returned.

When Morphew, 49, didn’t come back from her ride, a neighbor notified the police; Morphew’s husband, Barry, was in Denver at the time. There is a $200,000 reward being offered by Suzanne’s husband and a family friend for “her safe return, no questions asked.”

More than 100 search personnel from Chaffee County have looked for Morphew since Sunday. County personnel have also used drones and eight tracking dogs, Reach Air Ambulance crew have conducted rescue missions, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife and South Ark Swiftwater Rescue Teams have searched local watersheds.

Police and other personnel have been searching the area of County Road 225 and West Highway 50. A recent press release states that part of Highway 50 near Monarch Pass will temporarily close on May 15 to help search efforts after a personal item of Morphew’s had been discovered. Morphew’s nephew, Trevor Noel, told FOX21 that her bike had been found Sunday, but police have not confirmed that.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are now involved in search efforts, and over fifty search personnel will be scouring the area on Friday. Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze will give a media briefing later this afternoon on the day’s search efforts.

Noel has set up a GoFundMe page for family and volunteers helping with the search.

Anyone with information on Morphew’s disappearance should call the dedicated tip line: 719-312-7530.

—This will be updated.

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