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A New York woman who went missing in western Massachusetts may have been stalked, according to a friend

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The writer who was a friend of Meghan Marohn said she “went into hiding” because of a man who “brutally bullied and intimidated” her.

As the search for missing New York woman Meghan Marohn enters its fourth month, a friend claims she was in the Berkshires fleeing a thug.

Chris Hedges wrote an article on the Sheerpost blog on July 1, saying that Marohn had told some of her friends about the harasser who made her drop out of class.

“A few days before Meghan Marohn, a 42-year-old English teacher at Shaker High School in Latham, New York, disappeared, she confided in friends that she went into hiding to escape a man who ‘brutally bullied and intimidated’ her because she didn’t want to sleep with him.

According to Hedges, Marohn said she was too scared to stay home, especially when she saw him drive by her house.

Marohn was given a leave of absence from teaching and was camping at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Hedges wrote. She was last seen on March 27.

The search for Marohn began in late March, when the Massachusetts State Police posted a Facebook post alerting the public to her disappearance.

Her car, a black 2017 Subaru Impreza, was found parked on Church Street in Longcope Park in South Lee, according to police. Officials described the site as a “densely wooded hiking area.”

About a month later, the state police released another statement about Marohn.

Despite the efforts of state police, local police and firefighters and a civilian search and rescue team, Marohn was not found, according to the release.

Police searched the Housatonic River corridor from Lee to Stockbridge by kayak using side-scan sonar and underwater cameras, according to Berkshire Eagle

Hedges called Marohn a gifted poet and writer, with “a mass of thick red hair” who shopped only at thrift stores and “never could face the cruelty of this world.”

He claimed she wouldn’t have stayed at the Red Lion Inn if she hadn’t been afraid.

Lee Police Chief Craig DeSantis said he would not speculate on Marohn’s disappearance, according to Berkshire Eagle.

“This is not on the back burner — it’s still an active investigation,” DeSantis told the newspaper. “Our goal remains and still is to solve this and find Meghan.”

Another friend of Marohn wrote about her on the website Medium.

“I feel your absence today. I feel the spaces between all the memories, all the things I would have done if I had known, all the things I still have to tell you,” wrote Anna Mercury.

One tweet posted by an account dedicated to finding Marohn has more than 10,000 retweets. The comments are full of hope and good wishes with a picture of a gently smiling Marohn.

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