The boyfriend of a murdered Maryland mother-of-five has expressed relief after police identified her suspected killer almost two weeks after she was brutally killed.
Rachel Morin, 37, set out on August 5 for a hike and left her car at the Williams Street trailhead in the center of Bel Air, 20 miles north east of Baltimore.
Richard Tobin, her 27-year-old boyfriend, called police that evening when she failed to return. He told them he had found her car where she left it at the trailhead.
Her body was discovered the day after she disappeared naked and beaten in a tunnel along the scenic Ma & Pa Heritage Trail.
On Thursday, Harford Sheriffs Office shared footage of a Hispanic man they believe murdered her, showing a clip of him leaving a house 3,000 miles away in LA which he had broken in to and attacked a young girl. He was connected to Morin’s murder by DNA.
Tobin, who according to The Baltimore Banner had given investigators a DNA sample and handed over his cell phone, said: ‘I hope they found this scum of the earth, justice for Rachel. Rip, love you Rach.’
She had only recently publicly declared her relationship with Tobin on Facebook, and it was unclear how long they had been together.
Rachel Morin had recently announced on Facebook that she was in a relationship with Richard Tobin (the couple are seen together). On August 5 she said she was going for a walk, and when she failed to return home Tobin reported her missing: her body was discovered the next day
Court records show Morin, who ran a home cleaning company, had a history of litigation with her romantic partners, leading to speculation online about her killer.
After numerous people on social media expressed suspicions of Tobin, who has a lengthy criminal history, he took to Facebook to declare his innocence and wrote that he loved Morin and ‘would never do anything to her.’
He said: ‘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.
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.
The unidentified Hispanic man, aged between 20 and 30, is wanted for questioning in connection with Morin’s murder.
He is described as being approximately 5ft 9 tall, weighing around 160lbs, and being of muscular build.
Harford sheriffs on Thursday released this footage of a man they want to speak to leaving a house in Los Angeles which he had broken into, and attacked a young girl inside
The man can be seen walking away from the house in Los Angeles. His DNA was linked to the LA home invasion and the body of Morin
Morin’s new boyfriend – who has a criminal past took – to social media to insist he had nothing to do with her killing, and express relief that the suspected killer had been identified
‘We believe this was a person that Rachel didn’t know, potentially a random act of violence,’ said Colonel William Davis, speaking at a Thursday evening news conference.
‘We know nothing more about him other than he was in L.A. in March and we believe him to be the murderer.’
Davis said they are not looking for any accomplices, and told local people to be on their guard.
‘We believe the suspect acted alone and, he does not represent the entire Hispanic community of Harford County, who we are now partnering with to identify this suspect,’ he said.
Morin was last seen on August 5 at around 6pm leaving her house to take a hike on the Ma and Pa Trail
‘I know I can speak for the sheriff when I say we are very proud of this community.’
Sheriffs said the Los Angeles home invasion, shown in doorbell camera footage, was carried out in March.
‘He is believed to have ties to the Los Angeles area, and may have been involved in violent crimes in other states,’ they said.
Sheriff Jeff Gahler said that 10 deputies are working to solve the case, and they have received more than 100 tips – but he urged people to send in more, even if the information seemed inconsequential.
Local man Michael Gabriszeski had joined the search for Morin along with his stepdaughter Cecilia – who was friends with Morin – and her friend Evan, when he claims he came across her remains on August 6.
In an interview with DailyMail.com, Gabriszeski, a Native American tracker, said the pair had decided to check two drainage tunnels on the trail in Hartford County after noticing ‘disturbances’ on the ground close to the track where the fitness buff had taken a walk that night.
Michael Gabriszeski, along with his stepdaughter and her friend, had joined the search for missing mom Rachel Morin, 37, on the Ma & Pa trail in Bel Air, Maryland when the trio came across her remains, he claims
Police have declined to comment on how Morin died or the type of injuries she sustained, but according to Gabriszeski, the 37-year-old was fully naked and appeared to have suffered ‘brutal head trauma’
Grabiszeski said he felt compelled to check out the drainage tunnels on the trail after noticing ‘disturbances’ on the ground near the track where Morin had gone on a walk
‘Cecilia was the first person to see the body,’ he said.
‘She was hyperventilating really, really bad. And then the police told her to sit down.
‘When she sat down, she realized she was sitting in a big pool of blood.’
‘She was laying on her back, fully naked, and she had brutal head trauma…it looked like her head had been smashed in with a rock.
‘There was a 15 to 20-foot blood trail. So, it looked like she had been beaten and dragged into that position.’
‘It looked like (the killer) was trying to erase her identity,’ the 48-year-old added.
‘The right side of her face was gone.’
A separate source close the family had earlier told DailyMail.com that the young mother had suffered serious head trauma.
‘The injuries were so horrific that there won’t be an open casket (at her funeral),’ the source said.
The witness described seeing ‘a 15 to 20-foot blood trail’ near Morin’s body and said it seemed like her ‘head had been smashed in with a rock’
No suspects have been arrested in Morin’s murder as of yet but a homicide investigation is ongoing
Locals were seen participating in a community walk along the Ma and Pa Trail, Bel Air amid the investigation
A spokeswoman for Harford County’s Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the nature of how Morin was killed.
Meanwhile, police have reached out to obtain any footage from people who were on the trail over the weekend.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement: ‘Detectives are asking your your help.
‘If you were on the Ma & Pa Trail on Saturday (August 5), or near the trail or trail heads and took photos or video, we are asking if you would please share them with investigators.
‘There could be something helpful in one of your photos that might bring us one one more piece of the puzzle.
‘As of this morning, we have already received nearly 90 tips from concerned community members in reference to the murder of Rachel Morin.
‘Thank you for all the support you have given.’
Local police declined to comment on how Morin died or the type of injuries she sustained.
Her family say she did not ‘go willingly’ and that her death was ‘not accidental’.