Roommate, 1 other arrested in connection to body discovered in Collinsville

Roommate, 1 other arrested in connection to body discovered in Collinsville

Roommate, 1 other arrested in connection to body discovered in Collinsville

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:57 PM

COLLINSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV.com) -- Police have arrested a man in connection to a decomposed body discovered behind a trailer home in Collinsville on Monday.

Police said Timothy Hillyer, 49, was charged Thursday with two counts of concealment of a homicidal death, a felony.

Authorities said Hillyer's roommate, 55-year-old Russell Miller, was found dead in the 900 block of St. Clair. Police said they determined after an investigation that Hillyer had tried to hide Miller's death.

Another man, 55-year-old Jeffery Sminchak, was arrested Friday in connection to Miller’s death. He was charged with two counts of obstructing justice, a felony.

A neighbor said she smelled a foul odor last weekend outside the trailer home where Miller lived, but Hillyer told her the smell came from some trash cans. Police said the smell came from Miller's body, which may have been outside in the backyard for weeks.

Neighbors described Miller as a friendly day laborer who had lived in the neighborhood for eight to 10 years. A supervisor at the company where he had been working reported him missing. Neighbors say he discovered the body when he came to check on the man.

Authorities said they expect more charges to come in the case.

Hillyer remains in custody on a $250,000 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned around 1 p.m. Friday. Sminchak is currently being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.


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