Meghan Marohn: NY teacher found dead left her job to escape stalker, claims friend
LEE, MASSACHUSETTS: The remains of 42-year-old English teacher, Meghan Marohn, who has been missing since March 27 while on a hiking trip in Lee, have been found according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. On Thursday night, "a civilian discovered partial human remains in a heavily wooded area near Fox Drive," Massachusetts State Police said in a statement. Police have since located additional remains believed to be those of the beloved Upstate New York English teacher, according to Massachusetts State Police.
Meghan’s brother, Peter Naple, told that Meghan had been working at Shaker High School in Latham, New York, and was placed on paid leave in March. He said his sister had needed a break and decided to take a trip to the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Meghan checked into the inn on March 24 and planned to check out on March 30. Peter told he texted Meghan on the night of Saturday, March 26 and everything seemed fine but when he got no response the next day, he grew worried. Peter told Dateline he called the inn on Monday, March 28, and asked them to check on Meghan. When they entered her room, her bed was made and all her belongings were still there.
Almost a month after her disappearance, in April 2022, the Massachusetts State Police posted that Meghan’s “black 2017 Subaru Impreza was found parked on Church Street at Longcope Park, a heavily wooded hiking area in south Lee” on Sunday, March 27.
Meghan’s car was unlocked and her hiking boots were found in her car. At the time, the Massachusetts State Police also stated that “intensive searches of that area and other areas of interest in Lee by State Troopers, local Police Officers and Firefighters, and a civilian search and rescue team have not located Ms. Marohn.” According to a recent post from the Massachusetts State Police, since April of 2022 the “Lee Police, Lee Fire, the Massachusetts State Police Lee Barracks, Massachusetts State Police K9 and Airwing, Massachusetts State Police Special Emergency Response Team, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, Albany County Sheriff’s Department, and the Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team undertook numerous searches for Marohn.”
Four months after she vanished, her friend, Chris Hedges, wrote on a blog that Marohn had told her she'd gone into hiding a few days before she vanished to get away from a man she said was stalking her. Hedges wrote on July 1 on the blog, ScheerPost, "Marohn had gone into hiding to escape from a man whom she said had 'brutally harassed and intimidated me because I wouldn't sleep with him. She said she was too afraid to stay at home, especially when she saw him drive by her house. She was granted a leave from teaching and camped out at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She was last seen on March 27. It was cold, snowy, and windy," Hedges added.
In a GoFundMe set up by her brother, Peter Naple, Marohn is described as being a "devoted and passionate high school English teacher, poet, artist, and concerned environmentalist who displays deep passion in all her endeavors." The page describes her as a "charismatic, witty, and a genuinely loving and beautiful person whom I miss dearly and need to know what happened to her." Police have not said how Marohn died. They are continuing to investigate.