Rachel Morin body found: Cops formally identify woman’s remains on Ma and Pa hiking trail in Maryland as 37-year-old mother-of-five
- Rachel Morin, 37, was last seen on Saturday at around 6pm leaving her house to take a hike on the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air, Maryland. She never returned
- A body was discovered near the 6.5-mile trail walking route on Sunday
The body of woman found on a popular Maryland hiking trail has been formally identified as 37-year-old mother-of-five Rachel Morin, local police have told DailyMail.com.
But officials at Harford County’s Sheriff’s Office in Bel Air, some 45 miles north of Baltimore, said they are still without any leads on possible suspects.
A female corpse had been discovered on the Ma and Pa trail on Sunday afternoon by a member of the public.
‘Earlier this afternoon, we received confirmation from the state medical examiner that the body recovered was that of Rachel Morin,’ a Harford County Sheriff spokeswoman said.
But she added that investigators have not yet identified any possible suspects as part of their homicide probe and renewed the call for fresh clues.
The body of woman found on a popular Maryland hiking trail has been formally identified as 37-year-old mother-of-five Rachel Morin, local police have told DailyMail.com
Morin was last seen going on a hike on the weekend. Her body has now been found
‘We are asking people if they have information to please stop forward and give that to the sheriff’s office instead of discussing it on social media,’ the spokeswoman said.
Local police declined to comment on how Morin died or the type of injuries she sustained.
It comes after her new boyfriend took to social media to insist he had nothing to do with her killing despite his criminal past.
The pair only made their relationship official on social media four days earlier.
The medical examiner has not yet revealed how Morin died, but a homicide investigation has been launched. Her family say she did not ‘go willingly’ and that her death was ‘not accidental’.
As questions around the woman’s death arose on Sunday, Tobin took to social media to insist he had nothing to do with it.
‘I love Rachel. I would never do anything to her, let the family and I grieve. Yes, I have a past but I also have 15 months clean and have changed as a person. Please.’
Tobin has been arrested 14 times since 2014 on a variety of charges including drug dealing, assault, disorderly conduct and refusing arrest.
Rachel Morin and Richard Tobin started dating a ‘few weeks ago’. She was found murdered on a hiking trail on Sunday. The pair are shown during a previous hike together
The Ma and Pa Heritage Trail in Maryland, where Rachel’s body was found on Sunday
His lengthy rap sheet includes two arrests for criminal second degree assault, violating restraining orders, drug possession, and malicious destruction of property.
Tobin also has a number of traffic offenses, a fugitive from justice offense, resisting arrest, and disorderly intoxication and conduct marks on his record, documents show.
His most recent misdemeanor on record – second degree assault – occurred on March 14, 2020.
In an update to their statement on Sunday, Harford County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘At approximately 1:07 pm, a female was located deceased off of the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air. The identity of the victim, as well as the cause, and manner of death are still under investigation.
‘We firmly believe this is the body of Rachel Morin. But that final determination belongs with the medical examiner and that has not happened yet.
‘Thankfully we don’t have too much violent crime in Harford County, but when we have one, I prefer when I can stand here and tell you that the suspect has been arrested or that it’s a targeted crime.
‘I can’t tell you that is the case.’
Rachel Morin, 37, was last seen on Saturday at around 6pm leaving her house to take a hike on the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air, Maryland. A body was discovered near the 6.5-mile trail walking route
Tobin pled his innocence on Facebook, saying he would not to anything to harm Rachel
Just days before her disappearance and death, Rachel shared snaps of her and her new boyfriend Richard
Rachel and her new boyfriend Richard Tobin. Tobin, her boyfriend, wrote in an update underneath their relationship status: ‘I love Rachel, I would never do anything to her , let the family and I grieve’
Tobin and Morin began dating recently and made their relationship official online on August 1. She vanished on August 5 and was found dead on August 6
‘I’m not going to go into what, physically, they observed at the scene. But investigators believe sadly that it’s a homicide case.’
Just days before her disappearance and death, Rachel shared snaps of her and her new boyfriend Richard.
She wrote, along with two smiley images: ‘Only started taking pics few weeks ago.. but these are a few of my favorites. From the beach to the mountains.’
Morin was only 5ft 2in and weighed just 107lbs.
She was last seen wearing a blue or black tank top, black sports bra, black spandex shorts and grey sneakers.
Her car was also located at the Williams Street entrance to the trail.
On a GoFundMe page, her sister Rebekah said that her death was ‘not accidental’ and that she ‘did not go willingly.’
She wrote: ‘It is with devastating sadness and a broken heart that our family has been hit with yet another heartbreak.
‘My sister, Rachel Morin went missing on Saturday August 5 2023 around 6pm. In less then 24 hours her body was found by local law enforcement.
‘It has only been a week since my niece Lily Beth passed away from SIDS, and I find that I have to make yet another GoFundMe to help my mother, Patty Morin with funeral costs. There was no life insurance in place. This was not an accidental 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. Once we have made the arrangements I will update with service dates and times. If you wish to donate directly please message me on Facebook.’
Tributes have flooded in for the much-loved mother.
One person wrote: ‘I just saw Rachel a few days ago. I have known her and her daughters for several years. She was always nice to me.
‘I wish I could do more, then again I wish this never happened. Condolences to family and friends and above all her children. Rest in peace Rachel.’
Another said: ‘I am so sorry for her family’s loss. Thinking of all of her loved ones, and children especially.’
A third added: ‘We knew Rachel and her children well, and we will definitely miss them.’
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