Rachel Morin death on Harford’s Ma & Pa Trail draws national, social media spotlight

The killing of Rachel Morin, a mom of 5 who appreciated to stroll the path in Bel Air the place her physique was discovered, has been a sizzling matter on-line and in nationwide media ever for the reason that discover that she was lacking was posted on social media simply over every week in the past.

Morin, 37, was reported lacking by her boyfriend Aug. 5, hours after she went for a stroll on the Ma & Pa Path. Her physique was discovered the following day a few mile from the trailhead. The Harford County Sheriff’s Workplace is main a murder investigation.

In a whole lot of posts, reposts and feedback on the Fb web page of the sheriff’s workplace, which made the primary put up about her disappearance Aug. 5, native residents expressed a spread of sentiments, from concern to hypothesis. Inside hours, the sheriff’s workplace responded to the posts, discouraging folks from sharing misinformation and advising anybody with a tip on the case to contact their workplace.

But, the rumors and unverified content material are nonetheless being posted in a number of Fb teams about Harford County and on different social media platforms, most notably YouTube and Tik Tok. The case has drawn appreciable consideration from folks outdoors Maryland, and that has Harford County residents, together with Morin’s sister, Rebekah, preventing again on-line.

A Fb group, Justice for Rachel Morin, A True Crime Dialogue Group, sprang up over the weekend, with YouTube movies on the case and tales from Fox Information that evaluate Morin’s murder to different feminine jogger deaths which have occurred nationally. The group is run by a web page known as Dejavu Crime Crew based mostly in Las Vegas, which follows different crimes on its varied social media platforms.

Different true crime pages and news-style web sites outdoors Maryland are additionally posting on the Morin case, operating such salacious headlines as, “Killed by a spurned lover or suitor?”.

A number of information retailers have run with variations of the story, claiming to have key data from nameless sources. The New York Publish stated on its web site Friday that they talked to a supply “near” the tanning salon that Rachel Morin frequented and stated they’d data on Morin’s courting life, together with that she was on a number of courting websites within the weeks earlier than her demise.

The publication posted photographs of Morin in a bikini and different body-hugging outfits, and along with her boyfriend, Richard Tobin, that had been from their Fb pages. Late final week, Morin’s web page was taken down and Tobin has put his web page on personal entry.

The tragedy has additionally been picked up by well-known nationwide media retailers together with the TV newsmagazine “Inside Version,” Folks Journal, Investigation Discovery and CBS Information’ long-running crime present, “48 Hours.”

TV authorized commentator Nancy Grace, recognized for her boisterous type of true crime protection and who runs the web site crimeonline.com, has additionally been following the case, labeling Morin “hiker mother” in her appearances on Fox Nation. The subject was additionally featured within the “Crime Tales with Nancy Grace” podcast Friday, which aired on iHeart Radio and Sirius XM.

“What’s it about this case specifically that [it] is now everywhere in the nation?” requested Jodie Otte of Norrisville in a Fb put up Friday. “We had been form of stunned by the media involvement.”

Different Harford County residents like Angie Becker are posting their outrage at the entire chatter.

“It simply makes me sick to my abdomen to see all of the feedback and speculations,” Becker wrote in a Saturday put up. “…To maintain pouring salt within the wounds of a grieving household and buddies, is totally disgusting and unacceptable. … Though social media can, in some circumstances, be helpful, it can be so harmful.”

Becker stated persons are making an attempt to be “web commandos” as a substitute of going to the authorities with no matter data they might have.

A whole bunch of leads have come into the sheriff’s workplace and investigators have created an e-mail handle particularly for ideas and data on Morin’s case, RMtips@harfordsheriff.org.

On Thursday, Rebekah Morin posted an “open letter” from her mom, Patty. Patty Morin thanked the general public for “the outpouring of affection and assist from household, buddies, and the worldwide group that grieves with me for my younger daughter. Thanks for caring. Actually.”

She stated that her household is planning a public Celebration of Life service, however requested within the meantime, that her household have house to grieve.

On Saturday, Rebekah Morin introduced that the household is organizing its personal stroll in reminiscence of Rachel. The stroll will likely be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on the Williams Road trailhead on the Ma & Pa Path, the place Rachel Morin went lacking and the place her physique was discovered.

Rebekah Morin additionally stated the household held a non-public stroll on the path on Aug. 10, two days after Harford County Council member Jessica Boyle-Tsottles organized a group stroll on the path. Boyle-Tsottles was criticized for asserting that the stroll was in Rachel Morin’s title — Rebekah Morin stated the household had not been consulted and was not concerned — and ultimately took Rachel’s title off the flyer.

The Morin household posted black-and-white photographs of Rachel on the bushes alongside the stroll.

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