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Police Release Suspect Sketches in Case of Maryland Mother Murdered on Hiking Trail

Police Release Sketches of Suspect in Rachel Morin Murder Case
Source: Harford County Sheriff's Office

Rachel Morin (left) was found dead in a draining ditch on a hiking trail in August 2023. Now, police have released sketches of a possible suspect.

Feb. 13 2024, Published 4:01 p.m. ET

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Police in Maryland have released composite sketches of the man they believe killed a woman on a hiking trail last year.

Harford County investigators said the killer of 37-year-old Rachel Morin was in the area days before the slaying occurred, WBFF reported.

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The Harford County Sheriff’s Office released the sketch of the suspec atfter conducting more than 100 interviews and looking into more than 1,000 tips.

On Aug. 6, 2023, Morin's body was found in a drainage ditch on the Ma and Pa trail in Bel Air, one day after her boyfriend reported her missing.

No arrests have been made in the killng.

Police Release Sketches of Suspect in Rachel Morin Murder Case
Source: Harford County Sheriff's Office

The two sketches authorities have released in hopes of finding the suspected killer of Rachel Morin.

In a recent podcast episode, Captain Andy Lane said the killer “attacked Rachel on the trail and pulled her through the wooded area into this drainage culvert, where she ultimately lost her life."

Lane continued, "The location of the attack was chosen… because those culverts were as close as they were and they provided an area for this person to commit this crime and not be seen by members of the public.”

According to the captain, multiple people spotted someone standing on the wood line in an elevated spot the night Morin was killed.

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Authorities said they were able to get DNA from Morin’s crime scene, which allegedly linked her suspected killer to an unsolved home invasion and assault of a young girl which took place in Los Angeles, California, in March 2023.

Even though police shared surveillance images of that suspect leaving the Los Angeles home, the suspect remains unidentified. One of the sketches released for the suspect in Morin’s murder is wearing a red Nike cap, like the one he was wearing at the Los Angeles crime scene.

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Investigators said the suspect is believed to be 5 foot, 9 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, and is in his early-to-mid-20s.

A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Morin’s killer.


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