Before her murder, Rachel Russell was many things — a mother, wife, sister, daughter, headstrong and fierce.

Nearly 10 years after her murder, those closest to Rachel Russell still don’t know who killed her or why she was murdered.

A passerby discovered Russell’s body on a path along the east-west train tracks commonly travelled by people heading between Ontario and Division streets in Cobourg on Nov. 12, 2007. Police believed Russell was murdered in late-October and her body went undiscovered. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

Rachel was 28 years old when she died and she left behind a four-year-old son, her parents and four sisters. She was separated but still close with her husband.

In addition to being a mother, Rachel was a dog groomer, worked for the Humane Society for a short time and loved animals. The Russell family was from New Brunswick but Rachel was born in Cobourg and grew up in Port Hope. She attended school in Port Hope and Cobourg. She had a normal, middle class upbringing but always had a wild side, according to her sisters.

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