Lee police: Search continues for missing Delmar woman

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Meghan Marohn, 42, of Delmar

LEE, Massachusetts — The search continues for a Delmar woman who went missing Sunday.

Meghan Marohn, 42, of Delmar, has not been seen since Sunday and was reported missing by her family Tuesday at 3:29 p.m. to the Bethlehem Police Department. Her vehicle was found by a park in Lee, Massachusetts.

The Lee Police Department held a press conference Friday afternoon with Bethlehem police, Massachusetts State Police, the Berkshire district attorney and other investigatory units.

“We consider this a missing person’s investigation at this point,” Lee Police Chief Craig DeSantis said.

At this time there is no evidence that foul play took place and there were no signs of a struggle near her parked car, DeSantis said.

Marohn’s vehicle, a black 2017 Subaru Impreza hatchback, was found parked near a heavily wooded park on Church Street in Lee.

“After the Bethlehem Police Department received the missing person’s report, they started their investigation,” DeSantis said. “On that same day, on the 29th, the Lee Police Department became aware of a vehicle that was parked on Church Street, at Long Cope Park, a small park of about 46 acres and it does have hiking trails. It was reported that a vehicle was parked there since Sunday, so Lee police officers responded and determined that the vehicle belonged to Meghan.”

Numerous law enforcement agencies have been assisting in the search, including the Lee Police Department, Massachusetts State Police with multiple K-9 units, Massachusetts State Police Air Wing, and drone units and detectives from the Berkshire Detective Unit, along with the Lee Fire Department, Berkshire Mountain Search and Bethlehem Police Department, DeSantis said Friday.

“To date we have focused on an approximate area of two square miles in the general area of where her car was located,” DeSantis said.

There are portions of the search area that include rough terrain, which has hampered law enforcement’s efforts to a degree, DeSantis said.

Volunteers have offered to help in the search, but police are discouraging that at this time.

“As we continue our organized effort, we are not looking for any outside assistance,” DeSantis said. “While we appreciate the offers that we have received, at this point it would probably compromise search efforts so with our thanks, we ask volunteers to hold off.”

There is no direct threat to the community at large, he added.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington stressed there are no signs of foul play.

“At this point, there is no evidence that a crime was committed,” Harrington said.

Marohn checked into a Massachusetts hotel last Thursday, but DeSantis declined to identify the name of the hotel.

The missing woman has a history of hiking and trips of this sort were not uncommon for her, Bethlehem Police Commander James Rexford said.

“My understanding is that it is not out of the ordinary for her to go on a trip like this,” Rexford said.

Meghan Marohn is 42 years old and is described as 5’6” tall, about 120 pounds, and has auburn hair and green eyes, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lee Police Department at 413-243-5530.

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