A renewed search for a missing Chaffee County woman will happen Thursday, and the sheriff’s office will support the woman’s brother who is leading the effort.
Andrew Moorman, of Indiana, has raised more than $12,000 on GoFundMe, from 280 donors, to fund Thursday’s search.
Suzanne Morphew was reported missing May 10 from her home near Maysville, according to the sheriff’s office. Local authorities, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI are investigating the 49-year-old woman’s disappearance.
“I’ve got to find my little sister, and I have to bring closure to my family. 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,” Moorman said when he announced the search in Indiana during a candlelight vigil, according to the Associated Press.
Moorman’s organized effort is expected to last about five days and hundreds of volunteers from various towns and states will join the effort, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Although our team is unable to coordinate and lead this effort due to liability issues we want to support this effort in several different ways,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “We certainly appreciate this huge undertaking and want to offer support to facilitate their efforts.”
The sheriff’s office will staff a command post, as part of the effort, and its search and rescue team will be available. A crime scene team will also be ready to document any evidence that may turn up.
The sheriff’s office has conducted at least 10 large-scale searches and followed hundreds of tips in an effort to find Morphew. No suspect has been identified in her disappearance.
Morphew’s family is offering a $200,000 reward for information that leads to her safe return. Anyone with information on Morphew’s whereabouts should call 719-312-7530.
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