Police have released new sketches of the suspected killer of Maryland mother of five Rachel Morin
Rachel Hannah Morin’s killer remains at large, but Maryland authorities… He said so on Monday Final suspicious sketches could help put the man responsible for her murder behind bars.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has spent the past six months investigating the circumstances that led to the 37-year-old woman’s death.
Maureen, a mother of five, was initially reported missing on the night of August 5 after failing to return home after an evening walk on a trail in Bel Air, a small suburb of Baltimore. Deputies identified the body found near the track as Maureen the next day, saying she was the victim of a “violent homicide,” USA TODAY previously reported.
Two weeks after Maureen’s body was found, authorities announced that the suspected killer’s DNA matched a man who assaulted a girl in Southern California during a home invasion in March. But uncovering the case did not yield many promising results, as the authorities have not yet been able to find the assailant.
The Sheriff’s Office assured the public they are continuing to do everything they can, including conducting interviews, following up on tips, offering rewards, investigating across state lines and distributing fliers.
“This week marked six months since Rachel Morin was tragically and needlessly murdered while on Ma & Pa Road in Bel Air… This investigation has not slowed or stopped,” they said.
Here’s what we know about the case.
A timeline of events in the Rachel Morin case
August 5: Maureen was reported missing by her boyfriend at approximately 11:20 p.m. after failing to return home from her evening walk on the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air. She was last seen in the area around 6 p.m
August 6: The Harford County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a search volunteer reporting a body near Ma & Pa Road at approximately 1 p.m. Authorities said the body recovered was that of Maureen.
August 17: Authorities announced a DNA link between Morin’s suspected killer and a man who assaulted a girl in Southern California during a home invasion on March 26. The Los Angeles Police Department did not comment further on the matter, but the Sheriff’s Office did Video released Asking the public to help identify the man who appeared in the video “in connection with the murder of Rachel Morin.”
September 7: The Harford County Sheriff’s Office posted a… Video update regarding the case on Facebook, saying they “collected and viewed hours of video footage from in and around the path where she disappeared” to search for additional witnesses and evidence. Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said he is concerned that the suspect, who may be a serial killer, is on the rise and could kill again. Gahler also said they planned to patrol the trail accordingly, with the goal of installing cameras along the trails because they saw a decline in trail use in the winter.
February 12: Harford County Sheriff’s Office launch A final drawing of the suspect, whose name has not been officially released. They asked the public to “take a look and share the drawing,” saying they believe “there are still people who can provide information.”
The suspect is believed to have been in the area long before Maureen was killed
The man suspected of killing Morin may have been in the area for several days before the crime, as authorities said they believe there are people in the area who can provide information about the suspect.
He was previously described as a 5-foot-9-inch man in his mid-20s to 30s who weighed about 160 pounds and had dark hair.
Investigators assigned to the case are hoping someone can tell them where the man lived, who he was talking to and where he worked.
They also asked members of the public to “keep Rachel’s family in their thoughts.”
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community for their support throughout this difficult time,” the post read. “Your cooperation and solidarity are invaluable as we strive to find answers and achieve justice.”
Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to submit tips to RMTips@harfordsheriff.org for a chance to earn a $35,000 reward if information provided leads to an arrest and conviction.
Contributing: Nathalie Nessa-Alund, Antoni Robledo, and Francisco Guzman; USA Today
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sketches of the suspected killer of Maryland mother Rachel Morin have been released