Five months after Suzanne Morphew went missing without a trace on a bike ride on last Mother’s Day, the Chaffee County Clerk’s Office in Colorado received a bizarre notification: a mail-in ballot for the The 2020 election had been submitted under his name.
When a Chaffee County sergeant went to the clerk’s office to check the ballot, he saw that it was handwritten and dated October 15, 2020 – and included her husband’s signature , Barry Lee Morphew, on the witness line.
But according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast, authorities did not question the 53-year-old father about his alleged electoral fraud until April 22, just days before he was charged with first degree murder. and many other crimes related to the disappearance of his wife.
“I wanted Trump… to win,” Morphew told FBI agents when asked about his wife’s ballot submission. “I just thought, give it… one more vote.” I thought all these other guys were cheating.
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Morphew added that he knew his wife “was going to vote for Trump anyway” and insisted he didn’t know you couldn’t vote on behalf of “your spouse”. Investigators also noted in the affidavit that Morphew submitted his own ballot in the mail at the same time.
But authorities are not buying that Morphew did not take advantage of his wife’s disappearance to secure a new vote for the former president. On Thursday evening, prosecutors indicted Morphew with one count of forgery of public documents and one count of electoral offense misdemeanor.
While his bail has been set at $ 1,000 on the new charges, Morphew is already being held without bail on charges related to his wife’s disappearance on May 10, 2020. Investigators, however, have still not located two children and have therefore kept Morphew’s arrest affidavit under seal since his arrest on May 5.
The Chaffee County District Court is expected to open the affidavit as early as May 27 in the case that captured the nation’s attention and confused investigators for months.
Authorities opened an investigation into Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance on May 10 after a neighbor said she did not return home after a bike ride. For days, local and federal authorities conducted an exhaustive search in the 2.5 mile area near his home in Maysville, Colorado. Police now believe that a “certain scenario” occurred near her home which resulted in the discovery of her bicycle – but not her body.
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On May 17, Morphew, who was reportedly out of town the day his wife went missing, posted a video pleading for his safe return alongside a social media campaign to help with the investigation. He also offered a reward of $ 200,000 for information on his whereabouts.
“Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there who can hear that, who’s got you, please we’ll do whatever it takes to get you back.” We love you. We miss you. Girls need you. No question asked. No matter what they want, I’ll do whatever it takes to get you back. Darling I love you. I want you to come back so badly, ”he said in the May video.
Despite Morphew’s public appeals to his wife, questions began to arise about his possible role in her disappearance, including reports that he had cleaned his hotel room in Denver around the time of his disappearance. Morphew, however, denied the allegations.
“People don’t know the truth, so they’re going to think what they’re going to think,” Morphew said in a rare August interview with Fox21 before insisting that the unfair media coverage of his case. woman made a villain out of him.
Morphew also slammed the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office during the interview, saying he believed local officials “screwed it up. [investigation] from the start and now they’re trying to cover it up and blame me. An attorney for Morphew did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
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