Barry Morphew put phone on airplane mode, disposed of trash bags day wife went missing
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The second day of preliminary hearings for the murder trial of Barry Morphew kicked off Tuesday detailing text messages missing Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew ...
exchanged with both her husband and a longtime lover just days before her disappearance on Mother's Day in 2020.

Suzanne Morphew was reported missing on May 10, 2020. Investigators assume she is dead, but no human remains have been found.

Testimony from the Chaffee County Courthouse on Tuesday also revealed that Barry Morphew took his phone on and off airplane mode in the early morning hours that Mother's Day — while he made several stops to throw out trash and check into a Holiday Inn Express in Bloomington, Colorado.

Google data unearthed by investigators showed Barry also showed up for a job for Garrett Construction and completed about 15 minutes of work, removing blocks from a retaining wall before leaving. He came to the site despite knowing that construction work could not be legally completed on a Sunday in the city of Bloomington, former FBI agent Johnny Grusing, the third witness called so far, testified.

The FBI also obtained surveillance video showing Barry carrying several bags to dumpsters at the motel. He also stopped to dispose of trash at a Men's Warehouse and a bus stop. When asked by investigators, Barry said he threw out tranquilizer material. He admitted he owned guns for hunting.


At 6:10 a.m. on the morning of his wife's disappearance, Barry also sent her a text message.

"You up? Happy Mother's Day. I love you," Barry wrote. He also texted his own mother.

Suzanne's abandoned mountain bike would be found later that same day by deputies not far from her home.

During shocking testimony Monday, investigators revealed she had been having a nearly two-year affair with a man named Jeff Libler. The two had gone to high school together in Indiana. Libler's cellphone was pinging on towers in Michigan the same…
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