Police find remains of missing upstate New York English teacher who went missing five months ago

Police have found the remains of a missing upstate New York English teacher who vanished without a trace five months ago in Massachusetts.

Meghan Marohn, 42, of Delmar, New York, disappeared on March 27 while on a hiking vacation in Lee, Massachusetts – about 50 minutes from her home.

His body was found Thursday in a heavily wooded area of ​​Fox Drive. Authorities had previously found the Year 10 English teacher’s car near Longcope Park near Church Street on March 29 – the day his family reported him missing.

Authorities, still investigating the area, said evidence gathered so far indicates the remains belong to Marohn, but the chief medical examiner’s office has the remains to make a positive identification.

The North Colonie School District, near Albany, released a statement, writing, “Meghan was a valued member of our school community and the news of her death affects us all.”

The school district will also provide counseling services to staff and students.

Her brother, Peter Naple, told News 10 that the family was “heartbroken” and “the last 5 months have been a sad but somewhat hopeful time.”

“Today we are just sad,” he said.

Meghan Marohn, 42, of Delmar, New York, disappeared on March 27 while on a hiking vacation in Lee, Massachusetts – about 50 minutes from her home

His body was found Thursday in a heavily wooded area of ​​Fox Drive.  Authorities previously found the 10th grade English teacher's car near Longcope Park near Church Street on March 29 - the day his family reported him missing

His body was found Thursday in a heavily wooded area of ​​Fox Drive. Authorities previously found the 10th grade English teacher’s car near Longcope Park near Church Street on March 29 – the day his family reported him missing

Marohn left his home in Delmar, New York, a suburb near Albany, for the Red Lion Inn, located in Stockbridge, Mass., for some alone time.

She arrived at the historic inn on March 24 and planned to return on the 30th, but had not been seen or heard from since then.

Naple told DailyMail.com in mid-August that the last time he spoke with his sister was March 26. He said they spoke in the afternoon and she seemed to be in good spirits and they texted again later that night and she replied.

The next day she didn’t. He called the hostel to find out if she had returned safely and when they checked her room, her things – books, candles, toiletries, clothes, toothbrush – were there, but she wasn’t. .

Naple said his sister knew the area well and had stayed at the Red Lion Inn years before.

He also said the last person to see his sister was a hostel worker, who pointed him in the direction of Church Street around 10 a.m. on March 27.

His car was found in late March and his body was presumably found in Lee on Thursday

When his calls and texts went unanswered, he filed a missing person report.

On March 29, a local resident reported that a car with New York license plates had been sitting in the dirt parking lot for two days near the trailhead at Longcope Park, a 46-acre nature preserve off the coast of Church Street in Lee, Mass.

Police identified the vehicle as a black 2017 Subaru Imprezza, owned by Mahron.

Data from her mobile phone and GPS tracking revealed that she had never been to Longcope Park, but instead showed her near private property. Napoli thought that was strange.

“It was suspicious how his car was parked. It was pulled straight to the trailhead blocking the entrance,” he said. “Her car keys, hotel key, school-issued laptop and a small stuffed animal she always traveled with were missing.”

The Lee Massachusetts Police Department conducted a number of searches using helicopter drones and K9 sniffer dogs in the South Lee trailhead area off of Church Street.

Search teams had looked along the Housatonic River corridor from Lee to Stockbridge and the Glendale area, traveling by kayak and using side-scan sonar and underwater cameras.

Search teams watched along the Housatonic River corridor from Lee to Stockbridge and the Glendale area, traveling by kayak and using side-scan sonar and underwater cameras as she disappeared.

Search teams watched along the Housatonic River corridor from Lee to Stockbridge and the Glendale area, traveling by kayak and using side-scan sonar and underwater cameras as she disappeared.

Authorities, who are still investigating the area, said evidence gathered so far indicates the remains belong to Marohn, but the chief medical examiner's office needs to make a positive identification.

Authorities, who are still investigating the area, said evidence gathered so far indicates the remains belong to Marohn, but the chief medical examiner’s office needs to make a positive identification.

“His credit cards were not used. His bank account shows no activity,” he said at the time. “It’s like she disappeared into thin air.”

When Marohn first disappeared, Lee Police Chief Craig Desantis said there was “no evidence to suspect foul play and he would not speculate that she had been harassed.”

‘I think they [the police] believed she would be found, but as time has passed with the amount of searches that have taken place and nothing has come up, they see things differently,’ Naple said. “They still haven’t said they suspect foul play and it’s just a missing person case.”

Naple said he took six weeks off when she first disappeared and continued to travel to the area where she was last seen from his home in Northville, New York, about two 1/2 hours from the trailhead.

“It was difficult for my father and me,” he said. “It’s something that comes up every day. We have to find her and bring her home.

He also said that the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit also became involved in his sister’s disappearance.

Chris Hedges, a writer friend of Marohn, described her as a “gifted poet and writer”, with a “mass of thick red hair”. She was literate, she cared deeply about her students,” he said.

He said his friend only shopped at thrift stores and was someone who “could never master the cruelty of the world”.

In July he wrote a story about his disappearance which was published in The Berkshire Eagle.

The teacher taught English at Shaker High School in Colonie, near Albany

The teacher taught English at Shaker High School in Colonie, near Albany

He also wrote that a few days before her disappearance, she had confided in some friends that she had gone into hiding to escape a man who had “brutally harassed and intimidated her because she did not want to sleep with them”.

Naple told DailyMail.com that his sister took time off from work following an incident with a married colleague that upset her.

“She told me briefly that there had been an incident at work with a male colleague. When his advances were cut off, he didn’t like it,” Naple said. “It really bothered her and she brought it to the attention of her superiors. This person is still working at the school.

Naple said that person was questioned by the police and “he checked well”.

“I don’t know the circumstances between them. I know she was talking to friends who told her to get away for a few days because of what was going on with her co-worker.

He also said he didn’t think his sister would kill herself.

“If Meghan were to do something like that, she would have left a note because she’s a writer,” he said.

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