Law enforcement searching near Salida for missing Chaffee County woman

Authorities are searching a residential property on the east side of Salida for missing Chaffee County woman Suzanne Morphew.

Information developed during the investigation into Morphew’s whereabouts led police to the property, according to a Friday news release from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are part of the search, the news release said.

The property owner is not connected to Morphew’s disappearance and is cooperating with law enforcement, the news release said. Authorities do not know how long the search will take and said no updates will be provided while it is happening. They plan an update once the search is concluded.

Morphew disappeared May 10 while riding her bicycle, the sheriff’s office said. A neighbor reported her missing.

Since then, authorities have searched an area near Maysville after finding a personal item. And a dive team has looked for her in waterways. Sheriff John Spezze has asked local residents who have home security cameras to save their footage for investigators.

Earlier this week, the sheriff’s office said investigators had taken control of Morphew’s home with a search warrant, which is routine in missing persons cases as law enforcement starts at homes and works outward in the search for clues. More than 200 tips have been received in the case.

Friends and family are offering a $200,000 reward for information that leads to her safe return.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 719-312-7530.

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