Arrest made in the murder of Rachel Morin, suspect apprehended in Tulsa

BEL AIR, Md. — The Harford County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that an arrest has been made in the murder case of Rachel Morin.

Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez, a Salvadoran citizen, was apprehended in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday evening.

Morin, 37, was last seen on August 5 after a walk on the Ma & Pa trail.

She was later reported missing by her boyfriend.


The next day, authorities were alerted to a body discovered on the trail. Authorities later identified the body as that of Morin.

His death was later ruled a homicide.

Eleven days later, the sheriff's office said DNA found at the crime scene matched an assault and home invasion in Los Angeles.

Harford County Sheriff's Office

At a news conference, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told media that the case involved a woman and a 9-year-old girl who were assaulted.

Authorities also released a video of the suspect.

Harford County Sheriff

It was not until February 2024 that the sheriff's office released a portrait of the man suspected in this case.

Not only was he a fugitive in Maryland, but Hernandez, 23, was also in ICE custody, according to online records.

Officials say Martinez arrived in the United States illegally in February 2023 after being suspected of another murder in El Salvador.

He will be charged with first degree rape and murder and is currently being held without bail.

Sheriff Gahler said Hernandez will be extradited to Maryland in the coming days, but no date has been confirmed.

FULL CASE SUMMARY: Spotlight on the investigation into the murder of Rachel Morin

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