Teacher missing for more than a week after hike in Massachusetts

LEE, Massachusetts (NewsNation) – As the search for a missing 10th grade teacher nears its 12th day, family and friends say they are not losing hope.

Peter Naple says it’s not unusual for his sister, Meghan Marohn, 42, to go off on short getaways on her own. Her love of hiking and the outdoors brought her to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts the last weekend in March.

“I texted her on Saturday night while she was staying at a hotel here in Stockbridge,” Naple said. “She was having a bowl of soup and reading her book. I said I would talk to him tomorrow. And that’s the last I heard of her.

When his family did not hear from Marohn for several days, they became concerned and called the police. They found his car at Longcope Park. It is a 46 acre area with hiking trails.

Meghan Marohn (Peter Naple)

Police believe Marohn parked and went hiking on March 27. They say there was no sign of foul play in his car. They were able to track his cell activity for a short time, but the signal died out.

Researchers combed the area, even using dogs, drones and helicopters, for more than a week.

Based on the latest ping from his phone, they have now shifted search efforts to a private wooded area about three-quarters of a mile west of the park.

“Some areas are extremely difficult and very thick and that has hampered search efforts,” Lee Police Chief Craig DeSantis said.

Authorities did not release the name of the hotel where Marohn was staying, but say they confirmed she was traveling alone.

Naples set up a website seeking information on the case, and the family offers a $50,000 reward for his safe return.

“We’re talking about one of my best friends,” Naple said. “We’re talking about someone who has touched countless students.”

Anyone with information that might help is asked to call Lee Police at 413-243-5530, Bethlehem, New York Police at 518-439-9973 or 911.

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