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The remains of a 42-year-old New York teacher who vanished several months ago in the Berkshires were discovered in a wooded area last week, officials said.
Meghan Marohn’s remains were positively identified on Monday following an autopsy, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office confirmed with Oxygen.com. Authorities discovered Marohn’s partial remains in a heavily wooded area near Fox Drive in Lee, Massachusetts on Thursday, more than five months after she disappeared.
Her cause and manner of death weren’t immediately released.
“It is still under active investigation and we will share more information when we can,” Andrew McKeever, a spokesperson for the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office told Oxygen.com on Tuesday.
Prior to the positive identification, Marohn’s brother, Peter Naple, told The Berkshire Eagle "we are fairly certain it is her ... and we're heartbroken."
Marohn vanished on March 27 after staying at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, according to loved ones. She was reported missing two day later. The same day, her black 2017 Subaru with New York plates was found abandoned at a trailhead at Longcope Park, the Berkshire Eagle reported.
At the time, authorities were unable to locate many of Marohn’s personal belongings, including her purse, mobile phone, laptop, and her hotel key. Marohn was an avid hiker, according to the publication.
For months, authorities scoured the mountainous Beartown State Forest area surrounding Monterey in hopes of finding any clues that could lead to Marohn’s remains. Her family had previously offered a $50,000 reward for any information regarding her whereabouts. The search for Marohn, however, went cold earlier this spring.
Marohn is from Delmar, New York, per authorities. She taught English at Shaker High School in Latham, New York for the past three years. Marohn’s family previously raised more than $20,000 on GoFundMe to help jumpstart search efforts.
“It’s a state of limbo that I’ve never thought I’d be in,” Naple, also told the Berkshire Eagle in May. “It seems like she just literally vanished into thin air.”
Chris Hedges, a friend of Marohn and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, also speculated that Marohn may have been harassed and intimidated by an unidentified man shortly before she disappeared.
“She had gone into hiding to escape from a man who had ‘brutally harassed and intimidated [her], because [she] wouldn’t sleep with him,’” Hedges wrote in a column.
Officials haven’t confirmed whether Marohn could be a victim of sexual violence. No additional information was provided by authorities. The case is open and ongoing.
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