COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - The brother of a woman who went missing on Mother’s Day near Maysville is taking search efforts into his own hands.
Andy Moorman announced a newly planned search of the area near Maysville, Colorado, on Saturday during a candlelight vigil for Suzanne Morphew, 49, in her central Indiana hometown of Alexandria, according to the Associated Press.
Moorman said he hopes to recruit more than 1,000 volunteers for a five-day search of the mountainous area where Morphew's personal belongings were found.
"I've got to find my little sister, and I have to bring closure to my family," Moorman said. "We were quiet for a while because the investigators asked that of us, but it’s time now to rally the troops and go west and find her."
Morphew, 49, reportedly went missing on Mother's Day, May 10, and never returned.
The initial search area for Morphew was around the junction of U.S. 50 and County Road 225 and Highway 50, west of Maysville, after investigators said they found several personal items of Morphew's four days after she went missing.
On day five, search teams from the FBI, CBI, and Chaffee County Sheriff's office expanded their efforts to include a 20-mile stretch along Monarch Pass, where they searched on ground and in the Arkansas River.
A week after she went missing, Suzanne's husband Barry Morphew released a video posted in the Facebook group 'Find Suzanne Morphew.'
"If anyone is out there and that can hear this, please we'll do whatever it takes to bring you back," he said in the video. "We love you, we miss you, your girls miss you. No questions asked, however much they want, I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you. I want you back so bad."
Investigators later got information that led them to search a house on the east side of Salida, but reported they didn’t find anything there.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew is asked to call the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office’s tip line at 719-312-7530.