CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The husband of a Chaffee County missing woman is now offering $100,000 as a reward for information about her disappearance, a family member told CBS4. Suzanne Morphew was reported missing on May 10.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area near County Road 225 and West Highway 50 in Maysville, west of Poncha Springs, that evening. They spoke with a neighbor who said Morphew, 49, reportedly went on a bike ride and never came home.
Search and rescue crews started looking for her with help from eight tracking dogs and several drones with the Department of Corrections. Members from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the South Ark Swiftwater Rescue Teams also looked at area watersheds. They searched until early the next morning, but hadn’t found her.
Later that morning, crews set out again to find her, but were not successful. More than 100 people have since been looking for her.
On Wednesday, Sheriff John Spezze told CBS4 while it’s an open investigation, he would not rule out a criminal investigation. He adds the probability of an animal attack is not very high.
The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation is now involved.
Family says her husband was out of town on a trip to Denver at the time of the neighbor reporting her missing.
Spezze would not confirm whether they had found her bike.
A GoFundMe page has also since been created to help fund the search for Morphew.
The sheriff’s office has since set up a dedicated tip line for information about Morphew’s whereabouts. That tip line number is 719-312-7530.