Family seeks justice after Maryland man’s body found in toolbox in Kentucky

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CALVERT COUNTY, Md. – After several long weeks, a tragic ending to one family's search for a missing loved one.  Investigators identified the body found inside of a truck tool box in Kentucky is a Navy veteran from Maryland.

Three weeks ago, a body was found in a toolbox, in a pick-up truck, floating in a creek near Louisville, Kentucky.  Police identified the victim as 29-year-old Tromain Mackall.

“How, why, who would do this? It is just hard to understand how anybody could do this to a human being,” cried Trina Jackson, one of Mackall’s cousins.

Mackall’s heartbroken family told DCW50, the veteran was born and raised in Calvert County, and moved to Kentucky earlier this year.

From the moment they found out Mackall was missing, family members said they did everything they could from Maryland, to track him down.  They used social media, and worked closely with an organization called Missing in America.

The coroner said someone likely strangled or suffocated Mackall before stuffing his body into a tool box.

As investigators try to figure out exactly what happened and who is responsible, family members told DCW50, they fear this may have been done out of hate.

“They murdered him, viciously,” said his first-cousin Ashley Howell.

“Tromain was an advocate for the LGBTQ community,” explained Jackson.  “His girlfriend was a white transgender female, he was a black male, they were dating in Kentucky, which is not a very liberal place.”

Now the family is just praying someone will come forward with answers.

Police believe Mackall was last seen leaving a party in Kentucky.  Anyone with any information on what may have happened to him is asked to call Kentucky State Police: (270) 826-3312.

Tromain’ leaves behind a 6 year old son.  The family has a GoFundMe Page.  Originally the funds were going to be used to search for him.  However, now the monies will be used for funeral expenses: