hill arrestUPDATE: OWENSBORO, Ky. (12/1/17) — A second man has been charged in connection with the murder of an Ohio County man, who was reported missing July 25, 2016.

Christopher S. Hill, 33 of Owensboro was charged yesterday with murder, kidnapping/victim death and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Tromain Mackall, 29 of Hartford. Mackall’s body was discovered Aug. 2 in a toolbox floating in a creek in Falls of Rough.

Kentucky State Police say the investigation is ongoing.

SurfKY News

ORIGINAL STORY:

OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (3/14/17) — A Grayson County man has been charged with murder of an Ohio County man, whose body was found in a toolbox in a creek last August.

howard arrestTromain Mackall, 29 of Hartford, was reported missing July 25 having last seen July 24 at a gathering near Whitesville in Daviess County. The lack of cell phone, social networking or contact with the family, authorities determined Mackall could have been the victim of foul play.

Ohio County Sheriff’s Office contacted Daviess County Sheriff’s that the investigation had expanded beyond Ohio County. Kentucky State Police was also notified. Investigators determined that Mackall was among seven people at a gathering in Whitesville and was involved in a physical altercation. The investigation culminated in a search warrant for a residence on Collier Road.

TromainMackall2Mackall’s body was discovered in Short Creek near Falls of Rough in Grayson County Aug. 2. The body was discovered in a toolbox floating in the creek and reported to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for cause of death and positive identification. According to the Grayson County Coroner, Mackall died of multi-modal asphyxiation.

Today, KSP charged William E. Howard Jr., 48 of Falls of Rough, with Mackall’s murder, after being notified by the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab that Howard had been linked to the murder. Howard was located in Brandenburg in Breckinridge County and also charged with kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence.

Howard is being lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center. Bond had not yet been set by the court. See previous stories HERE.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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