Friday, March 19, 2021

Fundraiser Friday: March 19, 2021

This week's Fundraiser Friday features cases of two missing women. There are many similarities between the two cases: both women seemingly vanished without a trace, leaving behind children that they were dedicated to raising. Additionally, many people suspect that the respective husbands of the women are responsible for their disappearances. Still, no arrests have been made in either case. The families of both women are desperately hoping to receive answers. Please share their stories and consider donating. 

Stacy Peterson

Stacy Peterson has been missing since October 28th, 2007. Her husband Drew Peterson claims he last saw Stacy leaving their Bolingbrook, Illinois home between 10 and 11 AM. She never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again. 

Suspicions fell upon Drew Peterson pretty quickly after Stacy was reported missing. The couple married in 2003, when Stacy was only 19 years old, while Drew was 49. Stacy was Drew's fourth wife, and he married her just 8 days after his marriage to his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was finalized. Just a few months later, in March 2004, Kathleen’s body was found facedown in a waterless bath tub at her home. Her death was initially ruled an accidental drowning. 

After Stacy vanished, and Drew was named a person of interest, investigators decided to take a second look at Kathleen's death. Upon their re-examination, investigators ultimately ruled Kathleen's death as a murder. Drew was arrested and charged with her murder shortly thereafter. He was ultimately convicted in 2012. Meanwhile, Stacy has remained missing and Drew has not faced any charges in her case. Stacy's sister Cassandra has dedicated her money and free time to searching for her. She is hoping to raise money to continue to search while also paying her bills and other expenses. [fundraiser link] [more info on this case]

Suzanne Morphew

Suzanne Morphew has been missing since May 10th, 2020. The mother-of-two disappeared on Mother’s Day, after she left her Maysville, Colorado home to go for a bike ride. Suzanne never returned home, and a neighbor reported her missing later that evening.

Many suspect that Suzanne's husband, Barry Morphew, is involved in her disappearance. He denies involvement. It was originally reported that Barry was in the Denver area on the day Suzanne vanished. It is believed that he left the family’s Maysville home during the early morning hours of May 10th, and then returned later that afternoon after learning of his wife’s disappearance. Barry went to the Denver area to work on a landscaping job. He was hired by the president of the landscaping company, who also happens to be his close friend. However, Barry’s name is reportedly not on any documentation related to this specific job. Additionally, the job was reportedly scheduled for Monday, May 11th–not Sunday, May 10th. In fact, the city did not issue a special permit for the work to be completed on a weekend, which would have been required for this particular job.

While this does not necessarily prove Barry's guilt, Suzanne's family members still believe he knows more about her disappearance than he is disclosing. Suzanne's nephew has created a GoFundMe page to help finance searches, housing accommodations for volunteers/family members, and other expenses related to the investigation. [fundraiser link] [more info on this case]

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