Rachel Morin murder update: Harford County Sheriff released sketches of suspected Ma & Pa Trail killer

Sketch of Rachel Morin suspect
The police believe this man killed Rachel Morin in August 2023. Pic credit: Harford County Sheriff’s Office

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has released an image of the man they suspect killed Rachel Morin in Bel Air, Maryland, last August.

The 37-year-old Rachel was killed on August 5 as she jogged along the popular Ma & Pa Trail.

The cops say the killer was hiding in a bend on the hiking trail before he grabbed Rachel and dragged her through the woods, dumping her body at a drainage culvert.

The Sheriff’s Office has marked six months since Rachel’s death by releasing sketches of the suspect and broadcasting a podcast about the murder.

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler and Captain Andy Lane said the suspected killer was involved in a home invasion in Los Angeles, California, in March 2023. On that occasion, the individual sneaked into a home and assaulted multiple family members before he was pushed out of the house.

The suspect’s image was caught on a home security camera as he exited the house; unfortunately, the camera only snapped his back, which was oddly shirtless.

He left behind a red baseball cap and some DNA, which was later matched to DNA found on Rachel.

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Surveillance footage of Suspect in LA home invasion
The suspect’s back was captured by a home security camera in Los Angeles, CA. Pic credit: Harford County Sheriff’s Office

The cops said the killer likely stayed in Harford County for at least a week or two. Witnesses reported seeing a suspicious-looking stranger that matched the suspect’s description hanging around the hiking trail from late July into early August.

The cops hope someone in Harford County will recognize Rachel Morin killer suspect

The police are asking Harford residents to come forward to answer the following questions: “While he was here, where did he stay? Who did he speak to? Where did he work?”

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5″9′ and weighing about 160 lbs. There is a reward of $35,000 for any information that leads to his capture.

Second sketch of Rachel Morin suspect with a hat
The suspected killer of Rachel Morin wore a red baseball cap during the LA home invasion. Pic credit: Harford County Sheriff’s Office

The investigators are still unsure why Rachel was targeted, but Sheriff Gahler suspects she was stalked.

Police say Rachel Morin murder case has ‘not slowed or stalled’

In the meantime, the police have conducted more than 100 interviews and followed up on 1000s of tips. They are working closely with multiple law enforcement agencies across Maryland and California.

Sheriff Gahler stressed that “This investigation has not slowed or stalled.”

According to The Baltimore Banner, Rachel left behind five children aged 8 to 18. The three fathers of the children are reportedly working together to ensure the children continue to spend time with each other.

If anyone has any information about what happened to Rachel or if they recognize the suspect, they should call (410) 836-7788 or email [email protected].

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