LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man's body was found inside a large truck toolbox earlier this month, floating in Spring Fork Creek in Grayson County.

This week investigators identified the victim as 29-year-old Tromain Mackall.

"In our hearts, we knew it was him when they found the body," said Bre Jones, Mackall's cousin.

Jones says Mackall's hands and feet were bound inside the toolbox. The coroner says he died from "multi-modal asphyxiation," strangled or suffocated using more than one method.

"It's just inhumane, the things that were done to him and the way he was left," Jones said. "He didn't deserve that."

Jones still lives in Prince Fredrick, Md., where Mackall was born and raised. His family says he moved to Ohio County, Ky., to be with his transgender girlfriend.

About a week before his body was found, Mackall's family says he seemingly vanished. The Ohio County Sheriff's Office says Mackall was at a home in neighboring Daviess County.

And according to Jones, his girlfriend Simone was on the phone with him.

"Around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., she says that the last time she spoke with him, he was arguing with someone and his phone just cut out," Jones said.

"We are getting a lot of accounts of that night, what happened. A lot of stories that don't really add up to us."

So Jones and the rest of Mackall's family are left with so many questions. Questions like who killed the 29-year-old in such a violent way? And why?

"If you think you know something, please help us," Jones said. We need answers. We are upset. We are sad that it happened.

"We really just want justice."

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