SALIDA, Colo. (KRDO) — The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office reports trained dogs alerted authorities to possible human remains on three different properties during the most recent search for Suzanne Morphew, who went missing from Salida on May 10.
The private search effort organized by Morphew’s brother, Andrew Moorman, ended on Tuesday.
“I guess I’m a little melancholy today because I didn’t find my sister," Moorman said.
Suzanne's husband Barry claims his wife went for a bike ride on Mother's Day and never came back.
“I don’t think my little sister ever got on a bicycle and that tells you everything you need to know,” Moorman said.
Contrary to speculation, none of the properties searched in the last few days belong to any members of the Morphew family.
The sheriff’s office says dogs first alerted to an area along the Arkansas River.
“After further investigation, including working with the private human remains dogs on the property, it was determined this was not a viable lead in this case,” Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said in a press release.
Then, dogs alerted to private property near the Morphew home. Dogs alerted to a third location in unincorporated Chaffee County. Neither turned up anything worth pursuing, according to the sheriff.
“That’s my biggest fear if you want the truth of the matter — that there wasn’t a single damn witness to this crime," Moorman said.
Law enforcement is working to determine if several pieces of possible evidence found in this search effort are related to Morphew's disappearance. Moorman is now heading home to Indiana.
“I’m gonna go home, I miss my family and I’m tired," Moorman said.
The future of the investigation is up to the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office, CBI, FBI, and Coloradans.
“I think the people of Salida are going to carry it on from here, I really do," Moorman said. "I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ll be out there searching every day. Every time they go hiking, they’ll be looking.”
The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office says it's gotten 1,123 tips about Morphew's disappearance, conducted 180 interviews, conducted at least 130 searches, and spent at least 4,000 hours investigating the case.
“If she could talk to me from beyond, I’d ask her to help me find her, and just that I love her," Moorman said.