Police arrest man for murder of Maryland mom Rachel Morin

BALTIMORE- Suspect in Maryland mother That of Rachel Morin The murder was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office announced at a news conference Saturday.

Victor Antonio Martinez Hernandez, a 23-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gaylor said. He is accused of first degree murder and first degree rapeand Harford County State’s Attorney Alison Healy will be the prosecutor in the case, Gaylor said.

Rachel Morin, a Maryland mother of five, was murdered on a popular hiking trail.

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Hernandez had crossed the U.S. border illegally in February 2023, after murdering another young woman in El Salvador a month earlier in January 2023, Gaylor said. Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, had issued a warrant for his arrest for the woman’s murder there.

The suspect has connections in the Washington, D.C., area, Virginia and Prince George’s County, as well as ties to known gangs, Gaylor said.

Martinez is awaiting extradition to Maryland, which Gaylor said could take 30 to 60 days.

Rachel Morin was found murdered along the Ma & Pa trail last August. She disappeared after taking a walk along a popular Harford County trail. Law enforcement believes the suspect hid in a drainage culvert and attacked Morin as she walked. Authorities were able to connect his murder to an attack and a home invasion in Los Angeles, California, which took place on March 26.

His family A commercial plea was issued in April seeking justice in the investigation.

Emily Hung contributed to this report.

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