Arrest made practically a yr after Rachel Morin was dragged from a Maryland working path and murdered | EUROtoday

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Nearly a yr after a mom-of-five was killed on a Maryland mountain climbing path, police mentioned they’ve made an arrest within the case.

On Saturday, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office introduced the arrest of Victor Martinez Hernandez, 23, in reference to the dying of Rachel Morin. The suspect is from El Salvador and was arrested Friday at a bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in keeping with the Baltimore Banner.

“Rachel’s murderer is no longer a free man,” Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler mentioned throughout a information convention streamed on-line. “Hopefully he’ll never have the opportunity to walk free again.”

Morin, 37, was discovered lifeless in August 2023 alongside the Ma and Pa strolling path in Bel Air, Maryland.

Police mentioned Morin was taken from the trail and dragged into the woods. Her stays we present in a culvert the following day.

Rachel Morin was murdered in August 2023 along the Ma and Pa walking trail in Maryland. Police have now arrested Victor Hernandez in connection to the killing.
Rachel Morin was murdered in August 2023 alongside the Ma and Pa strolling path in Maryland. Police have now arrested Victor Hernandez in connection to the killing. (Harford County Sheriff’s Office)

An investigation discovered DNA on the scene of Morin’s killing. That identical DNA profile was linked to an assault and residential invasion in California. However, police weren’t capable of catch the suspect and the case lingered, till Friday.

“I’m here to tell you Rachel’s murderer is no longer a free man. Hopefully, he will never have the opportunity to walk free again,” Gahler mentioned. “The lead we received was related to DNA evidence and allowed investigators to finally put a name to the image of the suspect in the video from Los Angeles, which we released two weeks after Rachel’s death.”

Police revealed that Hernandez had been residing illegally within the US since February 2023, in keeping with WBAL-TV.

He is believed to have killed a girl in El Salvador earlier than crossing into the US, in keeping with WBAL-TV. A month later, he attacked a nine-year-old woman and her mom throughout a house invasion in Los Angeles, police mentioned.

Police revealed that Hernandez had been living illegally in the US since February 2023, months before he allegedly killed Morin
Police revealed that Hernandez had been residing illegally within the US since February 2023, months earlier than he allegedly killed Morin (Tulsa police)

Gahler revealed that three weeks in the past, on the day that may have been Morin’s thirty eighth birthday, police received a lead within the case. They then used that lead and genetic family tree to determine the suspect.

He was discovered sitting in a bar in Tulsa final week.

“We are 1,800 miles from the Southern border here in Harford County. This is the second woman in our county to be killed by illegal suspects. In both cases, they are suspects from El Salvador with ties to criminal gangs,” mentioned Gahler.

“(This) should not be happening. Victor Hernandez did not come here to make a better life for himself, or for his family, he came here to escape a crime he committed in El Salvador.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/rachel-morin-victor-hernandez-maryland-arrest-b2563525.html