The corpse of 37-year-old Rachel Morin, who vanished Saturday night near the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air, Maryland, was found next to the trail on Sunday afternoon, ending a frenetic weekend search for her. Detectives are currently looking for the person who might have killed her.
On social media, Morin’s boyfriend declared his innocence in front of the public.
“I love Rachel,” 27-year-old Richard Tobin wrote in a Facebook post. “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 brought up his lengthy criminal record, which among other things included accusations of assault and resisting arrest. However, it has been since 2020 that he hasn’t been accused of any crimes.
Just a few days prior to her disappearance, Tobin posted on Facebook about his friendship with Morin.
But according to Jeffrey Gahler, sheriff of Harford County, there is still no suspect in Morin’s death and disappearance.
“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,” Gahler said. “I can’t tell you that is the case.”
No one was in custody, according to Gahler, and there was no indication of a probable homicide’s reason.
Gahler stated that, while the inquiry is ongoing, the Ma and Pa trail would reopen to visitors with increased police presence. However, he was unable to state that there was no present danger to the neighborhood.
“I can’t do it,” he said.
The purported murder’s specifics are still lacking. Gahler stated that it was still unclear exactly when she vanished and that it may have happened “anytime from 6 p.m.” on Saturday to early Sunday morning.
Gahler was questioned about the reason for the homicide inquiry given that the body hadn’t even been identified by the medical examiners.
“Our detectives have no doubt,” he said. “I’m not going to go into what, physically, they observed at the scene. But investigators believe sadly that it’s a homicide case.”
Hours after Morin’s boyfriend reported her missing late on Saturday night, police discovered her vehicle at the start of the 6.5-mile Ma and Pa Trail, a rail line that runs close to the Pennsylvania border.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Harford County Sheriff’s Office at 410-836-5430, according to the investigators.