Suzanne Morphew’s sister has spoken out about Barry Morphew’s murder charges. Suzanne, 49, went missing on Mother’s Day last year after taking a bike ride in Maysville, Colorado, and never coming back. Her 52-year-old husband, Barry Morphew, made a public effort to find his wife, posting on Facebook shortly after her disappearance that he “would do whatever it takes” to get her back.

The full post reads: “Oh Suzanne, if anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you. Please we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back. We love you. We miss you. Your girls need you. No questions asked, however much they want. I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you and I want you back so bad.”

Now, nearly a year later, Barry Morphew made his first appearance in court after being charged with her murder. After maintaining his innocence for 12 months, Barry was taken into custody on Wednesday for first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant. Morphew’s attorney has not commented on the charges, but Linda Stanley, district attorney for the 11th Judicial District, has said she is confident in her case against Morphew.

While Morphew is allowed contact with his two daughters, Mallory and Macy, he is expected back in court on May 27.

Suzanne Morphew’s sister, Melinda Moorman, claims to have forgiven Barry “early on” because “bitterness destroys people” during a conversation she had with KXRM-TV. In a statement addressed to her two nieces, Macy and Mallory, Melinda says, “I love your dad, though he has done a terrible thing, I still love him girls, and I will pray for him, and I will continue to pray for him, and I will never stop.”

The two daughters of Suzanne Morphew have not had contact with Melinda for many months, but today their aunt said, “‘I’ve been praying for you every day and that I adore you girls as the offspring of my beautiful sister and I will never stop loving you.”

Although Suzanne Morphew’s body has not been found, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said that investigators believe she is dead. Spezze continued to explain that more than 70 investigators from multiple agencies, 400-plus interviews, the execution of more than 135 search warrants, and over 1,4000 tips led to the charge of Barry Morphew. The findings were presented to the District Attorney’s Office in early April, after which they chose to move forward with Morphew’s arrest.

“Today is not the day for celebration, nor does it mark the end of this investigation, rather it’s a next step in this very difficult, yet very important journey as we seek justice for Suzanne and her family,” Spezze said to reporters. “Today is all about Suzanne. And it’s about her family, and it’s about all the individuals that knew her, and loved her, and cared about her.”

Spezze added that he does not expect to make any other arrests related to Suzanne’s disappearance anytime soon.