A Falls of Rough man was arrested and charged this week for the murder of 29-year-old Tromain J. Mackall, whose body was found last July inside a tool box floating in Spring Fork Creek in Grayson County.
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced on Tuesday, March 14 that KSP detectives had charged 48-year-old William E. Howard, Jr., of Falls of Rough, with the kidnapping and murder of Mackall.
Originally from Prince Frederick, MD, Mackall, whose last known address was in Hartford, KY in Ohio County, was reported missing to authorities on July 25, 2016.
His body was later located inside a truck tool box floating in Spring Fork Creek in Grayson County on Aug. 2, 2016.
KSP detectives were recently notified by the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab that they were able to successfully link Howard to the murder, according to a news release from KSP Post 16.
KSP troopers located Howard on Tuesday afternoon, March 14 in Brandenburg, KY and arrested him without incident.
Howard was charged with Murder; Kidnapping (Death of Victim); and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
He was lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro, KY on a $250,000 full cash bond.
At around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2016, a community member reported seeing a tool box floating in Spring Fork Creek, according to Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 4 Trooper Jeff Gregory.
Law enforcement, including the KSP and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene and discovered Mackall’s body inside the tool box.
Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson pronounced Mackall dead just before 8:00 p.m. on Aug. 2.
On Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, Hudson said autopsy results determined that the cause of the Mackall’s death was “multi-modal asphyxiation”—death caused by impairing a person’s normal breathing through more than one method—and that his death had been ruled a homicide.
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