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Rachel Morin update: Criminal profiler gets involved in hunt for killer as murder probe extends to Chicago

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” Duane Chapman has joined the search for Rachel Morin’s killer in Maryland as detectives are tracking leads hundreds of miles away in Chicago.

Mr Chapman appeared on NewsNation this week to offer his expertise on possible clues in the surveillance video footage previously released by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office showing the man they believe is responsible for the mother-of-five’s killing in Bel Air last month.

The footage is from the scene of a home invasion and assault in Los Angeles, where DNA found matched DNA at the Morin crime scene.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler has said the suspect might be a serial killer. He confirmed to Law&Crime this week that detectives are now in Chicago tracking leads.

Several weeks have now passed since Morin was found dead on the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air in early August.She had set off on a walk along the trail on 5 August, with the alarm raised when she didn’t return home.

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Detectives in Rachel Morin murder investigation are tracking leads in Chicago

Friday 1 September 2023 18:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Detectives who are investigating the murder of mother-of-five Rachel Morin are in Chicago this week tracking leads after receiving hundreds of tips in recent weeks.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler has said the suspect might be a serial killer as he said they feared there could be more attacks.

Sheriff Gahler told Law&Crime that there are detectives in Chicago this week following leads, but he would not delve into details of their investigation.

“There’s nothing right now to stop him from doing it again. I believe, and our investigators believe, he will do it again.”

Several weeks have now passed since Morin was found dead on the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air in early August. She had set off on a walk along the trail on 5 August, with the alarm raised when she didn’t return home.

‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ joins search for Rachel Morin’s killer

Friday 1 September 2023 15:45 , Andrea Cavallier

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” is calling on “Bounty Nation” to help find Rachel Morin’s killer.

Duane Chapman appeared on NewsNation this week to offer his expertise on possible clues in the surveillance video footage previously released by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office showing the man they believe is responsible for the mother-of-five’s killing in Bel Air last month.

The footage is from the scene of a home invasion and assault in Los Angeles, where DNA found later matched DNA discovered at the scene of Morin’s murder in Maryland.

Mr Chapman zeroed in on the suspect’s necklace which appeared to be tight and one he wears often. He also speculated that his haircut could be military issued.

He then pointed out what looked like a cell phone and wondered how much information could be found out from nearby cell towers.

Mr Chapman first shared the video Tuesday on his Instagram.

“Hey Bounty Nation I need you guys to do what you do best and help me identify this suspect!!” he posted. “Rachel Morin was brutally murdered by who investigators believe is a serial killer.”

The footage shows a shirtless man leaving the house in the darkness carrying clothes in his arms.

The sheriff’s office said: “The unknown male is described as being approximately 5’ 09’’ 160 pounds, approximately 20-30 years of age, dark hair, muscular build and is believed to be of hispanic descent.”

“This is not a current photo (within the last six months), and the subject’s hairstyle may have changed. This individual is believed to have ties to the Los Angeles area and may have been involved in violent crimes in other states.”

Children of Rachel Morin are sad, angry and ‘don’t really understand’

Tuesday 29 August 2023 23:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Rebekah Morin, the sister of slain mother-of-five Rachel Morin, told “Banfield” Monday night that the children are sad, angry and “don’t really understand.”

She said the children know their mother is gone, but that they do not know the details of her murder.

“We plan on keeping it like that until they’re old enough to understand,” she added.

“They really love their mother. They pray for her to come back. It’s been really hard on all of them,” Rebekah said.

She added that the children are with their fathers and are being well taken care of.

The family’s one hope right now, she said, is just for the killer to be caught.

Rachel Morin’s sister warns ‘this guy is gonna do it again’

Tuesday 29 August 2023 21:38 , Andrea Cavallier

Rebekah Morin appeared on NewsNation Monday night where she told Ashley Banfield that she doesn’t understand why someone hasn’t come forward to identify the suspect in her sister Rachel Morin’s murder.

“Like the sheriff said, this guy is gonna do it again,” she warned.

“It could be your sister, your mother, your daughter. I’m really hoping that somebody comes forward soon. Somebody is brave enough to do what’s right.”

She went on to say that she doesn’t understand why no one has come forward.

“To me it’s obvious somebody recognizes this guy,” she said. “They have to. If this was somebody I knew, I would know who it was.”

Rachel Morin’s mother describes her ‘unbearable’ pain after daughter’s body was found

Monday 28 August 2023 17:12 , Andrea Cavallier

Rachel Morin’s heartbroken mother shared what she felt when she found out her daughter’s body had been found.

“The pain was so unbearable,” Patty Morin said as she choked back tears.

The family held a public Celebration of Life on Sunday in Baltimore to remember the 37-year-old who was found dead on 6 August along the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air. She had last been seen on 4 August.

“The first thing you think of as a mom is, I wish I could be there. I’m 500 miles away. I wish I could be there. I wish I could find her. She’s probably scared. I wish I could hold her,” Patty Morin said.

Morin’s killer has still not been found, but the Harford County Sheriff’s Office recently released video of a suspect, whose DNA was found at the scene.

Earlier this month, hundreds of people walked the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air to remember Morin.

“I can’t be there to hold my baby and to comfort her, but I know that the God that we believe in, and the God that Rachel believed in, was there holding her and comforting her and he never left her,” her mother said Sunday.

The reward for information has since increased to $10,000.

Rachel Morin killer ‘not going to stop’ unless arrested, police say as new clues dry up

Saturday 26 August 2023 01:54 , Josh Marcus

“He still poses a threat wherever he’s laying his head and we need to get him off the street,” Harford County sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told NewsNation on Friday.

“The public will not be safe until we get him in custody.”

On 17 August, the sheriff’s office announced it used DNA evidence collected at the scene of Morin’s 5 August homicide to identify a potential suspect.

The genetic material matched a sample found at the scene of a March home invasion in Los Angeles where a young girl was attacked.

“Unfortunately that suspect has not been positively identified, but he did leave behind his DNA,” Harford County police colonel William Davis said during a press conference announcing the discovery. “Based on the DNA evidence, we consider the individual in the video we received from the Los Angeles Police Department to be the person that murdered Rachel Morin on August 5.”

More details in our full story.

Rachel Morin killer ‘not going to stop’ unless arrested, police say as new clues slow

Maryland police still struggling to find suspect in Rachel Morin case

Saturday 26 August 2023 01:19 , Josh Marcus

Maryland police say they have few new clues about the identity of who killed Rachel Morin, a mother of five from Bel Air, after announcing last week they found a DNA sample matching the unidentified man they believe to be the murderer.

“He still poses a threat wherever he’s laying his head and we need to get him off the street,” Harford County sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told NewsNation on Friday.

“The public will not be safe until we get him in custody.”

Harford County Police offers $10,000 reward for information about suspect

Thursday 24 August 2023 18:38 , Andrea Blanco

The law enforcement department investigating Rachel Morin’s case has announced a $30,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in the brutal murder.

The suspect was captured was linked to a burglary in Los Angeles earlier this year. Footage from that incident suggests that the suspect is 5’09’’ and weighs around 160 pounds.

The man is believed to be between 20 and 30 years old.

Police warn Rachel Morin killer will strike again after weeks on the run

Wednesday 23 August 2023 13:53 , Rachel Sharp

Maryland law enforcement officials are worried that the suspect on the run in the Rachel Morin murder case could do “something harmful to someone else”.

Harford County sheriff Jeff Gahler said the accused has no regard for the sanctity of human life and his identification remains a “top priority” for the police.

“This individual poses a threat to every community from here to Los Angeles because we don’t know where he’s laying his head at night,” sheriff Gahler told Fox News.

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Police warn Rachel Morin killer will strike again after weeks on the run

Maryland police plan to offer reward to help catch killer

Tuesday 22 August 2023 14:00 , Rachel Sharp

Maryland police are planning to offer a reward to help catch Rachel Morin’s killer who remains at large more than two weeks on from her murder.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office told FOX45 News on Monday that the department was working with metro crime stoppers to come up with a reward.

It is not clear how much the reward would be.

Monday 21 August 2023 20:30 , Kelly Rissman

Childhood friend of Rachel Morin gives touching social media tribute

Esther Limoges Burke, one of Morin’s childhood best friends, said that the pair drifted in adulthood. “I don’t regret much in life but I do regret not making more of an effort to keep in touch,” she wrote.

Esther Limoges Burke calls Morin one of her ‘best friends growing up’ (Esther Limoges Burke / Facebook)
Esther Limoges Burke calls Morin one of her ‘best friends growing up’ (Esther Limoges Burke / Facebook)

Monday 21 August 2023 18:45 , Kelly Rissman

Richard Tobin posts tribute on Facebook to Rachel Morin

“You showed me how rewarding it was to be man and treat you like a queen! Making you happy gave me joy everyday and I’m so glad I could give you that,” Morin’s boyfriend wrote. Mr Tobin posted a photo of himself holding flowers while looking at a tree with Morin’s photo plastered to it.

Richard Tobin honoring his girlfriend Rachel Morin (Richard Tobin / Facebook)
Richard Tobin honoring his girlfriend Rachel Morin (Richard Tobin / Facebook)

Monday 21 August 2023 16:45 , Kelly Rissman

Rebekah Morin posted a poem to honor her late sister

I wish you sweet sleep, my sister dear.

Although there’s so much that you’ve left bare

I hate that you had to endure such pain

On my mind, your saddened eyes have left a stain.

I want to know what crossed your mind

Unspoken words you’ve left behind

Undone things we’ll never do

No sharing thoughts you never knew.

A peace has fallen upon your head

A taste of sorrow we have been fed

It really is like a hole in our lives

One swiftly dug but carved out by knives.

But I have hope that those sleeping will rise

The Bible says that God will open their eyes.

No suffering, sickness, yes not even pain,

Those who did good, eternal life they’ll gain.

So… sleep on my sister, sleep tight

For now with you the sky is night.

But after night will come daybreak

Therefore I will wait hoping to see you awake.

Hundreds take part in community walk for Rachel Morin

Monday 21 August 2023 14:55 , Rachel Sharp

Rachel Morin was remembered over the weekend as hundreds of community members took part in a tribute walk along the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air, Maryland, where the mother-of-five was murdered.

The 5km walk, called “Rachel’s last steps”, was organised by Morin’s sister Rebekah and took place on Saturday.

Community members came out to pay tribute to the 37-year-old on the walk before then heading to the Flavor Cupcakery Bakery and Cafe, where 20 percent of its sales were donated to support Morin’s five children.

Monday 21 August 2023 13:30 , Kelly Rissman

Recap: Rachel Morin’s final moments

Just days into a new relationship with Richard Tobin, according to Facebook, the 37-year-old headed to to a popular hiking trail just outside of town around 6pm on Saturday 5 August.

The mother-of-five had been wearing a blue or black tank top, black sports bra, black spandex shorts, and gray sneakers when she was last sighted.

Her new boyfriend reported her missing after she failed to return that night.

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Rachel Morin was last seen alive heading off on the Ma and Pa Trail (Harford County Sheriff’s Office)
Rachel Morin was last seen alive heading off on the Ma and Pa Trail (Harford County Sheriff’s Office)

Rachel Morin was found dead on a popular Maryland hiking trail. Police announce first big break in the case

Monday 21 August 2023 11:00 , Kelly Rissman

Recap: who is the suspect accused of murdering Rachel Morin?

Police on Thursday described him as an “unknown male” who is approximately 5ft 9in tall, weighing 160 pounds. They believe him to be approximately Hispanic, 20-30 something with a “muscular build.”

“This individual is believed to have ties to the Los Angeles area and may have been involved in violent crimes in other states,” investigators said after they released footage of the suspect.

His DNA matched DNA left at a home in Los Angeles, where a break-in and assault of a child occurred in March.

Here is the footage:

Monday 21 August 2023 07:00 , Kelly Rissman

Rachel Morin’s best friend

“Rachel was so unabashedly herself: witty and genuine, brilliant, daring, and headstrong. Her spirit would light up the room and her smile was contagious,” her best friend Claudia Brown wrote in a Facebook post after her death.

“Her faith was so strong,” she added.

Ms Brown wrote that Ms Morin had been divorced, and was a “fierce protector of her children and loved them with all of her heart.”

In other posts, Ms Brown called Rachel her “soul sister.”

Best friends Rachel Morin and Claudia Brown (Claudia Brown / Facebook)
Best friends Rachel Morin and Claudia Brown (Claudia Brown / Facebook)

Monday 21 August 2023 03:00 , Kelly Rissman

About her five kids

Rachel Morin had five kids, ranging from 8 to 18 who had three different fathers, according to the New York Post. They are each in the custody of their respective dads, the outlet added.

“She was very warm and above all she loved her children,” one of Morin’s clients, Margaret Woltz, told The Post.

“She raised them very well. She had a flexible work schedule that allowed her to make sure her kids were always taken care of. We were like grandparents to the kids and we trusted her implicitly,” she added.

Sunday 20 August 2023 23:45 , Kelly Rissman

About the LA link

On Thursday, investigators announced a major break in the case, connecting DNA found at the crime scene to a genetic evidence found at a home in LA in March, where an unnamed man broke into a home and assaulted a child.

“We collected DNA from the crime scene. The Maryland State Police analyzed that DNA for us—ran it through the national CODIS system—and that came back as a match to the crime that occurred in Los Angeles where they had recovered DNA from this person,” Col William Davis from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office explained on Thursday.

Hundreds join ‘trail of flowers and light’ to honour Rachel Morin

Sunday 20 August 2023 23:37 , Andrea Blanco

On Saturday, hundreds of people in the local community joined a remembrance walk to honour the life of the 37-year-old slain mother.

Morin’s sister Rebekah organised the vigil to walk “Rachel’s last steps” on the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air, where she was found dead on 6 August. Rebekah also posted a heartfelt poem celebrating her sister’s life on Sunday.

“So… sleep on my sister, sleep tight/For now with you the sky is night/But after night will come daybreak/Therefore I will wait hoping to see you awake,” Morin’s grieving sister wrote on Facebook.

Sunday 20 August 2023 23:31 , Kelly Rissman

Rachel’s brother, John Morin

Her brother, John, has been a lot quieter on social media than her sister Rebekah and her mother, but he has been linking to video footage and the walk in Rachel’s memory.

He also posted a tear jerking post, a screenshotted conversation from two years ago between him and Rachel, with the caption: “Can’t wait to see you again someday soon.”

A conversation between John and Rachel Morin two years ago (John Morin / Facebook)
A conversation between John and Rachel Morin two years ago (John Morin / Facebook)

Sunday 20 August 2023 20:00 , Kelly Rissman

Community support continues as GoFundMePage flourishes

Rebekah Morin, Rachel’s sister, organized a fundraiser for the mother-of-five’s funeral expenses. She set a goal of raising $65,000, and individuals—some who knew Morin and others who were affected by her tragic death—have donated money and shared kind words.

“This tragedy affects our whole community. I can’t get this off my mind. I only spoke with Rachel once at the Bel Air, ShopRite Grocery store about paper plates. We chatted about families, and she told me about her 5 children. My deepest sympathies to the Morin family for both of your losses. I have prayed for you every day,” someone wrote on the page.

Another contributor wrote, “Don’t know Rachel but I’ve been following this tragedy since Sunday . It’s heartbreaking knowing she was out for a safe hike then tragedy hits. I wanted to contribute to give her a nice memorial and for her kids to be able to have something too. Prayers.”

Sunday 20 August 2023 17:00 , Kelly Rissman

Outpouring of support for Morin

Locals have posted photos and loving words in memory of Rachel Morin along the Ma and Pa trail in Maryland.

Locals posted photos of Morin along a nearby trail (Claudia Brown / Facebook)
Locals posted photos of Morin along a nearby trail (Claudia Brown / Facebook)

Sunday 20 August 2023 14:00 , Kelly Rissman

Rachel Morin and Richard Tobin

The pair officially got together on 1 August, according to his Facebook profile.

He has denied any involvement in the case, as people were baselessly pointing fingers at him after she was reported missing. He snapped back to those accusations, saying, “never do anything to her.” He wrote on social media, “Yes I have a past but I also have 15 months clean and have changed as a person. Please.”

Once police released video footage, he wrote on Facebook, urging people “please help identify this scum bag.”

Richard Tobin and Rachel Morin (Facebook / Rachel Morin)
Richard Tobin and Rachel Morin (Facebook / Rachel Morin)

Sunday 20 August 2023 09:00 , Kelly Rissman

Recap: what we know about the Rachel Morin case

The 37-year-old set out to go hiking on 5 August; her boyfriend Richard Tobin called police at about 11pm to report her missing after she failed to return home that night.

The next morning, the 37-year-old’s car was located at the Williams St entrance to the Ma and Pa Trail.

At 1.07pm on 6 August, a member of the public called 911 to report finding a woman’s body near the trail.

Days after unanswered questions hung in the air about what happened to Morin, finally on 17 August, investigators announced a major break in the case: they discovered DNA at the crime scene. Police said that DNA matched a sample taken from a 26 March home invasion and assault of a young girl across the country.

The suspected murderer and Morin likely didn’t know each other, as police have called the incident a “potentially a random act of violence.” Now, police are searching for leads on how to find the suspect and are asking the public to submit tips to help identify the suspect released in the video footage.

Sunday 20 August 2023 05:00 , Kelly Rissman

What people are saying about the case

As the mystery surrounding what happened to the mother-of-five has gripped the nation, social media users have made comments about the nature of the case. Seeing as police have described the tragedy as being “a random act of violence,” the freaky thought that this could have happened to anyone seems to be resonating with among social media users.

One Facebook user opined, “So sad a woman can’t go jog in a park.”

Another wrote, “If this assailant could travel from the West Coast to the East Coast in a couple months, then he could be anywhere. I pray he gets caught before anybody else gets hurt.”

Sunday 20 August 2023 01:00 , Kelly Rissman

A 10 August letter from Rachel Morin’s mother, as posted on Facebook by Rebekah Morin

To all the mothers with daughters, to the fathers, brothers and sisters, husbands, to our local community, and to world onlookers:

If you have experienced the loss of a dear loved one, then you know how hard it can be to express the pain that you feel in your heart.

When it’s sudden and tragic, your mind looks for ways to cope. As a mom, I appreciate the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the worldwide community that grieves with me for my young daughter.

Thank you for caring. Truly.

Because of the tremendous outpouring of prayers, love and concern, our family is in the process of making arrangements for a Celebration of Life service to which friends and the community will be invited (more details to come). And because Rachel was an avid runner, we are in the early stages of planning a 5K walk/run in her honor with the hope of having a trail of flowers.

We are grieving. We need the time and space to grieve as a family. We have not forgotten our community. We just need time. . . I need time. It has only been 4 days since we received the horrific news. I ask that as mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters, that you would please have compassion on us and allow us this.

Thank you, Rachel’s Mom

Saturday 19 August 2023 22:00 , Kelly Rissman

Rachel Morin Mysterious Death Recap

The 37-year-old was last seen around 6pm getting ready to hike along the Ma and Pa trail in Maryland on 5 August.

At 1.07pm on 6 August, a member of the public called 911 to report finding a woman’s body near the trail.

After her family was left to mourn her mysterious death without any answers for days, finally on 17 August, investigators announced a major break in the case: they discovered DNA at the crime scene.

Beyond this, that DNA matches a sample taken from a 26 March home invasion and assault of a young girl across the country. Now, police are searching for leads on how to find the suspect.

The suspected murderer and Morin likely didn’t know each other, as police have called the incident a “potentially a random act of violence.”

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Rachel Morin, who is survived by her five children (GoFundme)
Rachel Morin, who is survived by her five children (GoFundme)

Rachel Morin was found dead on a popular Maryland hiking trail. Police announce first big break in the case

Saturday 19 August 2023 18:30 , Kelly Rissman

Local business hosts Rachel Morin fundraiser

A Bel Air, Maryland bakery, Flavor Cupcakery, said it would donate 20 per cent of its sales on Saturday, during the family’s memorial walk, to help fund the mother-of-five’s funeral expenses.

Flavor Cupcakery will donate a percentage of its sales on Saturday to Morin’s funeral expenses (Flavor Cupcakery / Facebook)
Flavor Cupcakery will donate a percentage of its sales on Saturday to Morin’s funeral expenses (Flavor Cupcakery / Facebook)

Saturday 19 August 2023 16:00 , Kelly Rissman

“Trail of Light & Flowers” set to begin

Family of Rachel Morin are planning a walk in memory of the mother-of-five.

Writing on Facebook, the family asked members of the public to bring flowers and battery powered candles “to lay on either side of the trail somewhere as we walk Rachel’s last steps.”

The family asked the public to assemble 19 August at 11 am at the William Street entrance; the walk will begin at 11.30am.

Saturday 19 August 2023 14:00 , Kelly Rissman

What is the Ma and Pa trail, where Morin was heading?

The 6.25 mile (10km) trail gets it name from the former Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad corridor that ran through the town of Bel Air in Harford County. Although the track was dismantled in the 1950s, it later transformed into a heritage trail along the railroad’s former route.

It consists of a 3.3mile section through Bel Air and a 1.7mile segment in neighbouring Forest Hill.

According to Alltrails.com, the trail is moderately challenging and takes around 2 hours and 25 minutes to complete.

Rachel Morin’s family is hosting a walk in her honor on Saturday along the trail.

Saturday 19 August 2023 09:31 , Kelly Rissman

A little about Bel Air, Maryland

Bel Air, the county seat of Harford County, is a town of about 10,000 residents located 30 miles (48kms) north of Baltimore, near the state border with Pennsylvania.

The area has many popular hiking trails, and authorities warned hikers to be on high alert as they continued to investigate Ms Morin’s death.

The sheriff previously said, “Thankfully we don’t have too much violent crime in Harford County,” but he warned locals to be vigilant in the wake of Morin’s death.

Saturday 19 August 2023 04:31 , Kelly Rissman

Morin’s haunting social media post months before she was found

Rachel Morin shared a post in February that suggested she sought thrilling experiences, read: “Risk can be dangerous, but routine can be deadly. Comfort has killed more dreams than daring ever did.”

The post has since been taken down from Facebook.

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Rachel Morin’s chilling Facebook post before mother-of-five found dead on Maryland hiking trail

Saturday 19 August 2023 02:31 , Kelly Rissman

Rachel’s sister posts photos of the mother-of-five on Facebook in her memory

Rebekah Morin keeps changing her social media platform’s profile photos to images of her late sister.

Rebekah Morin organized a GoFundMe page to fund Rachel’s funeral, writing “she did not go willingly and she deserves a funeral worthy of her her beauty.”

Rachel Morin (Rebekah Morin / Facebook)
Rachel Morin (Rebekah Morin / Facebook)

Saturday 19 August 2023 00:30 , Kelly Rissman

Harford Sheriff’s Office has asked for help from the public in identifying the suspect

Friday 18 August 2023 22:15 , Kelly Rissman

Recap: who was Rachel Morin?

Rachel Morin, 37 was one of five siblings. She was originally from Dover, New Hampshire, and was a long-term resident of Bel Air, Maryland. She was a mother to five children.

On social media, Rachel Morin posted touching photos with her children, selfies at the gym and spending time with friends.

“Rachel was so unabashedly herself: witty and genuine, brilliant, daring, and headstrong. Her spirit would light up the room and her smile was contagious,” Morin’s best friend Claudia Brown wrote in a Facebook post after her death. “Her faith was so strong,” she added.

Ms Brown wrote that Ms Morin had been divorced, and was a “fierce protector of her children and loved them with all of her heart”.

Ms Morin had worked as a model, and appeared on the cover of Owl Magazine, Harford Community College’s student publication, where her brother John Morin worked as a technical director.

Her new boyfriend, Richard Tobin, described her as the “sweetest , kindest , and a very special women” on Facebook. According to the social media platform, the couple became official on 1 August.

Friday 18 August 2023 21:30 , Kelly Rissman

The LA case that links the suspect to Rachel Morin’s death

According to the a Baltimore Banner reporter, the Los Angeles Police Department said the suspect was involved in a 26 March 26 break-in and assault of a young child in South Los Angeles; the assault was not of a sexual nature, but investigators don’t want to disclose “any more details about what occurred in the house at this time.”

Friday 18 August 2023 21:00 , Kelly Rissman

What locals are saying

A Harford County resident told WBAL-TV11:“It’s mind blowing. It’s so close to home. I lived in the city for a long time, so I’m used to watching my surroundings and whatnot. But up here, you’re walking the trail. That’s the last thing on your mind.”

Police previously told locals to stay vigilant in the wake of Morin’s death.

“In the light of this new evidence, I urge our citizens to use caution while walking on our trials and through our community,” police said on Thursday. “Be alert. Walk with a friend. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your cell phone or headphones.”

Friday 18 August 2023 20:15 , Kelly Rissman

Locals have been posting tributes to the late mother-of-five

Rachel Morin’s best friend, Claudia Brown, has been documenting the tributes to the 37-year-old, which have been posted along the Ma and Pa trail.

Tribute to Rachel Morin (Claudia Brown / Facebook)
Tribute to Rachel Morin (Claudia Brown / Facebook)

Friday 18 August 2023 19:45 , Kelly Rissman

What police have said regarding the Rachel Morin case

After relatively few updates in the case, on 16 August, Harford County investigators had a break in the case. Police said they found DNA at the crime scene, which corresponds with a sample taken from a March crime scene in Los Angeles where a man invaded a home and assaulted a young girl.

However, police said they “don’t have a clue” where the suspect is currently.

The suspect remains unnamed, but has been described by police as a Hispanic male aged 20-30, 5ft 9in tall, weighing 160 pounds with a “muscular build.” They say it’s unlikely the suspect knew Morin, calling the killing a “potentially a random act of violence.”

They added that they believe he has “ties to the Los Angeles area and may have been involved in violent crimes in other states.” Police have released footage of the suspect, and are asking people to send in tips if they know anything that can identify the suspect.

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37-year-old Rachel Morin (Harford County Sheriff’s Office)
37-year-old Rachel Morin (Harford County Sheriff’s Office)

Rachel Morin was found dead on a popular Maryland hiking trail. Police announce first big break in the case

Friday 18 August 2023 18:56 , Kelly Rissman

Rebekah Morin reposted slowed footage of suspect on Facebook

Watch the original footage provided by police, who said there was a DNA match between genetic material found at Morin’s crime scene and a suspect involved in a home break-in and assault of a child in LA in March.

Friday 18 August 2023 18:12 , Kelly Rissman

Rachel Morin’s family echoes police, saying they think her death was caused by “ a random act of violence”

A lawyer for her family spoke to a WJZ reporter about their thoughts following the break in the case on Thursday evening.

Friday 18 August 2023 17:51 , Kelly Rissman

GoFundMe surpasses $48,000

The GoFundMe for Rachel Morin, started by her sister Rebekah Morin, has surpassed $48,000, with a goal of $65,000.

Donations are flowing in by the hour—from people who say they want to give money to help support her surviving five children as well as from others who say they have been following the tragedy from afar.

“This was not an accidentally death, and she did not go willingly and she deserves a funeral worthy of her her beauty.If there are any remaining funds they will go towards things her 5 children may need. Please share, donate, comment and keep this going,” her sister wrote in the page’s description.

Friday 18 August 2023 16:45 , Kelly Rissman

“Trail of Light & Flowers”

Family of Rachel Morin are planning a walk in memory of the mother-of-five.

Writing on Facebook, the family wrote “We are hoping to have a ‘Trail of Flowers and Light’ to line both sides of the trail for our walk on the Ma & Pa Trail,” asking people to bring flowers and battery powered candles “to lay on either side of the trail somewhere as we walk Rachel’s last steps.”

The family asked the public to assemble 19 August at 11 am at the William Street entrance; the walk will begin at 11.30am.

Friday 18 August 2023 16:15 , Kelly Rissman

What we know about the suspect

Investigators have described the suspect as someone who likely didn’t know Rachel Morin, calling the incident “potentially a random act of violence.”

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male aged 20-30, 5ft 9in tall, weighing 160 pounds with a “muscular build.”

They added that they believe he has “ties to the Los Angeles area and may have been involved in violent crimes in other states.” His DNA has been linked to a March home invasion and assault of a young girl in Los Angeles.

Friday 18 August 2023 15:19 , Kelly Rissman

The LAPD said it is working with police in Maryland after DNA discovered

The Los Angeles Police Department said it is providing information to Harford County investigators after police in Maryland announced that they discovered DNA at the scene of the crime. The DNA matched that of a suspect identified in a home invasion and assault on a child in Los Angeles in March.

The LAPD said it aims to “bring the person responsible for such a brutal and senseless murder to justice.”

Police warn community to stay vigilant as Rachel Morin suspect’s DNA found

Friday 18 August 2023 13:00 , Josh Marcus

“In the light of this new evidence, I urge our citizens to use caution while walking on our trials and through our community,” police said on Thursday. “Be alert. Walk with a friend. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your cell phone or headphones.”

Maryland police have DNA matching Rachel Morin murder suspect and video images