A man suspected of murdering his wife also faces forgery charges after submitting a vote for Donald Trump on her behalf.
Barry Morphew was arrested last week on multiple charges concerning the disappearance of his wife Suzanne, including first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Suzanne, 49, has been missing since May 10 2020 (which also happened to be Mother's Day in the USA) after going for a bike ride in Chaffee County, Denver, Colorado.
Last month District Attorney Linda Stanley decided to move forward with charging Barry in light of the evidence gathered, despite not having located Suzanne's body.
Authorities have also been made aware of potential voter fraud after the Chaffee County clerk reported receiving a mail-in ballot on behalf of Suzanne Morphew in November's presidential election.
She was listed as a missing person at the time yet apparently managed to cast a vote for then-President Trump.
When confronted with evidence of the fraud, Barry told FBI agents that he "wanted Trump to win" and "I just thought, give him another vote".
"I figured all these other guys are cheating," he said, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
"I know she [Suzanne Morphew] was going to vote for Trump anyway."
He claimed he did not know submitting a ballot for a spouse was illegal.
He now faces charges of forgery and offences relating to mail ballots in addition to murder.
Several days after Suzanne disappeared last year, investigators discovered an item that may have belonged to her while searching the area west of County Road 225 and U.S. Highway 50 outside of Maysville.
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Authorities said the rest of the search on May 14 and another search on May 15 did not yield any other leads.
A week after her disappearance, Barry posted a video on a Facebook page about the search efforts pleading for his wife's safe return.
Suzanne's sister Melinda Moorman claims she was frightened of her husband before her disappearance.
"The Friday before Mother's Day, my sister had sent me a text message that morning," she told Inside Edition.
"It was very lengthy. It was very powerful. It was very revealing.
"She had been ready to share some things close to her chest. She said she was scared."
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