Rachel Morin, a mother-of-five who was tragically murdered on a hiking trail in Bel Air, Maryland, had been using multiple dating apps prior to her disappearance, according to a source close to the investigation. On the day of her death, Morin visited Glow – The Bronzing Studio for her daily spray tan and mentioned to salon staff that she was active on “multiple dating sites.” She had recently gone public with her relationship with Richard Tobin, who was one of the last people to see her alive. Tobin confirmed that they went to the gym together after her spray tan appointment.
Morin, a Black Card holder at Planet Fitness, had access to any of the company’s facilities. Tobin’s “home gym” was located near the tanning salon, but it is unclear if Morin visited that location on the day she went missing. She primarily used the Abingdon location, which is located 8 miles away. The couple went their separate ways after Tobin dropped Morin off at her home around 5 p.m. She then proceeded to the hiking trail, where she was last seen between 6 and 7:30 p.m.
The stepfather of the girl who discovered Morin’s remains described her as naked and appearing to have suffered head trauma. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking five witnesses who were on the trail during those hours and asking them to come forward. Tobin reported Morin missing around midnight, stating that she had been missing since 7 p.m. Facebook users speculated that Tobin may have been at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the Mann House during the time of Morin’s disappearance, but the establishment declined to comment on his association or whereabouts.
While the official cause of Morin’s death has not been confirmed, Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler stated that it was clearly “not an accidental death” and suggested foul play. The investigation is ongoing.