For Families Whose Loved Ones Have Disappeared, the Wait Can be Years-long, If it Ever Comes
In the wake of the continued impacts of COVID-19, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), with headquarters in Lakewood, Colorado has announced that it is shifting its annual “Missing in Colorado” event to an online session beginning at 10:00 a.m. August 22, 2020. There are currently a total of 1,340 missing persons in the State of Colorado. Of those, 579 have been missing for a year or more. In Chaffee County, Suzanne Morphew has been missing since Mothers’ Day.
Families of those missing for more than one year in the state are asked to visit the CBI website and access a number of resources available, as well as obtain the link to join the virtual event. Additionally, families of the missing can call to speak with an advocate as well.
A team of CBI victim advocates will be answering a dedicated phone line (303-239-4242) from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on August 22.
“Missing in Colorado” gives families the opportunity to speak with other co-victims, victim advocates, and others as part of this important event, explain event organizers. The event also provides resources to family members as they face the unimaginable impacts of having someone they love go missing.
“Our team is dedicated to helping the families of the missing, and to ensure they have access to the latest information and tools to help them as they navigate through this devastating chapter in their lives,” said CBI Director John Camper. “We ask all Coloradans to aid in the effort to give a voice to the missing by reviewing the CBI Cold Case Database, the Missing Persons Resource Page, and the list of those missing in the state and share any information that may lead to resolution in these critically important cases.”
In another effort to honor the missing in the state, a CBI investigative analyst has built a series of slides highlighting 50 cold cases across the state.