(USNewsMag.com) – A former national park search and rescue officer who assisted in finding Rachel Morin’s body referred to the crime as “brutal” in a local news interview.
Morin, 37, went missing Saturday evening. Her boyfriend, Richard Tobin, reported her missing on Saturday around 11:20 p.m. after she did not come home from her walk. Reports indicate she was last seen around 6 p.m., and her vehicle was parked near the trail.
Michael Gabriszeski, 49, and his stepdaughter, a friend of Morin’s, helped search for the mother of five near the Ma and Pa Heritage Trail in Bel Air, a town about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. The trail is on a former railroad corridor, and parts of it are heavily wooded.
Gabriszeski told his stepdaughter that he felt Morin’s body would not be out in the open but hidden. It was his stepdaughter who found the body in a tunnel drain on Sunday.
Gabriszeski noted Morin had terrible head trauma, and his stepdaughter found a blood-covered rock near the scene. He claimed that before finding Morin, he had been having images of tunnels and felt shivers when he saw the drains along the Ma and Pa trail.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied that Morin’s body was found in tunnel drains along the trail. The spokesperson noted Gabriszeski didn’t find her or witness Morin’s body and had zero first-hand knowledge of the crime scene.
Morin’s death is being investigated as a criminal homicide, according to Sheriff Jeff Gahler, although the cause and manner of death have not been made public as of Thursday. He noted this was not an accident but rather an attack in what was a safe area.
Authorities have named no suspects as of Thursday afternoon. Gahler denies rumors on social media about the details of Morin’s death and potential suspects. There are no plans to release the cause of death.
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