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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has confirmed that the body of a woman recovered in Clear Creek County earlier this summer has been identified as a woman who went missing in the county in February 2022.

On February 13, 2022, Melinda Tafoya-Deltoro (age 38) called the Clear Creek County 911 Center from the Miner’s Candle area, stating that she was stuck in the snow. Deputies responded to the area and located a vehicle, but not Tafoya-Deltoro.

They conducted an extensive search of the area at the time of her disappearance and found no sign of her then, or in the following months as they continued to search. As the snow melted, the search continued in the Miner’s Candle area and on June 4, 2022,¬† located human remains.

The Clear Creek County Coroner’s Office identified the remains as Tafoya-Deltoro. The cause and manner of her death remain under investigation. The case spurred interest in Chaffee County where local resident Suzanne Morphew went missing on Mother’s Day, 2020, and has not been seen since. The murder case against her husband Barry Morphew was dropped this year when the judge ruled that evidence the District Attorney’s office planned to use was inadmissible.

Anyone with information about the case of Tafoya-Deltoro  is asked to call 303-679-2354.