DNA from Rachel Morin crime scene linked to LA home invasion, assault

Posted at 8:45 PM, August 17, 2023 and last updated 7:06 AM, August 18, 2023

BALTIMORE, Md. (Scripps News Baltimore) — New developments came from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Thursday night in regard to the murder of Rachel Morin.

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The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify a man involved in a LA home invasion that may be connected to the murder of Rachel Morin. (Harford County Sheriff’s Office)

Morin, 37, was last seen alive on Aug. 5 when she went to take a walk on the Ma & Pa Trail. Her boyfriend reported her missing that evening, and the following afternoon, a woman’s body was found just off the trail.

The Sheriff’s office later confirmed the body was that of Morin, a mother of five whose family was already dealing with the sudden death of Morin’s 5-month old niece just over a week before Morin went missing.

Now, detectives have caught their first big break in the case.

Col. William Davis, chief deputy of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, said DNA from the crime scene was run through the Maryland State Police database. The sample matched that of a man suspected in a Los Angeles home invasion and assault in March.

Authorities do not know the name of the suspect but security footage from California shows Morin’s suspected killer. He is believed to be a Hispanic man in his 20s, standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has a muscular build and dark hair, though his hairstyle may differ from that seen in the footage.

Officials believe that this suspect could be connected to other violent crimes in other states.

Anyone able to identify the suspect or give additional information regarding the case should contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office at 410-836-7788.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Baltimore, an E.W. Scripps Company.