Barry Morphew Cast 2020 Ballot for Missing Wife, Said She Would Have Voted for Donald Trump

A Colorado man suspected of murdering his missing wife is now accused of casting a fraudulent vote on her behalf in the November 2020 presidential election.

According to an arrest affidavit signed by a judge in Chaffee County on Thursday, Barry Morphew told investigators he mailed the ballot with a vote for Donald Trump on his wife's behalf because "all these other guys are cheating" and he thought his wife would have voted for Trump anyway.

Morphew was arrested on May 5 and faces charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant. He now faces one felony count for allegedly forging public documents and a misdemeanor mail-in ballot offense, according to court documents.

His wife Suzanne went missing on Mother's Day 2020 and the local district attorney said her body has not been found.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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A supporter of then-President Donald Trump, holding a mail-in ballot that arrived at her house even though the addressee did not reside there, speaks to reporters following a news conference outside the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill on November 5, 2020, in Washington, D.C. A Colorado man was arrested for allegedly submitting a mail-in ballot for his missing wife in the November 2020 presidential election. Al Drago/Getty Images

Barry Morphew posted a widely viewed video on Facebook pleading for her safe return shortly after she disappeared.

Authorities say the arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation that has so far failed to find Suzanne Morphew's body. After conducting over 135 searches across Colorado and interviewing 400 people in multiple states, investigators believe Suzanne Morphew is dead but have not found her body, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze has said.

An arrest affidavit by Chaffee County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Claudette Hysjulien says the county clerk's office received a suspicious mail ballot in Suzanne Chaffee's name in October. Sheriff's investigators saw the ballot, which had been mailed by the state to Suzanne Chaffee, lacked Suzanne's signature, as required by law, but that Barry Morphew had signed it as a witness.

Morphew was interviewed by two FBI agents about the ballot in April. Asked why he sent it, he told the agents, "Just because I wanted Trump to win," according to the affidavit. "I just thought, give him another vote."

Asked if he knew it is illegal to send someone else's ballot, Morphew replied: "I didn't know you couldn't do that for your spouse."

On Friday, Morphew was being advised of the new charges in Chaffee County District Court.