Rainbolt Expected To Hear Murder Charges In Court Tuesday

Rainbolt Expected To Hear Murder Charges In Court Tuesday


A 20-year old Salem man who has been accused of killing his roomate north of Campbellsburg last week is expected in Washington County Circuit Court for his initial hearing this week. 

According to Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin Josh Rainbolt, 20, Salem, is scheduled to appear before Judge Larry Medlock at 2:30p Tuesday. 

Rainbolt has been in the Washington County Detention Center since late Thursday night when he was arrested and charged with the murder of his roommate and West Washington High School Alum. 

Rainbolt was charged with murder, obstruction of justice and improper disposal of a corpse.

During an interview last Thursday evening, Rainbolt told police he killed his roommate and disposed of the shotgun in White River.

According to a probable cause affidavit, 20-year-old Rainbolt told police he shot Blake Box-Skinner in the back of the head with a shotgun, dragged his body to a shed, put him inside and shut the door.

He told Indiana State Police Detectives that he then drove to the Ft. Ritner Bridge off White River Road and threw the shotgun into White River.

Police have not released a motive for the murder.

Indiana State Police discovered Box-Skinner’s body after they were called to do a welfare check at the home at 10906 Lost River Road after family members report that 20-year-old son had not been seen or heard from for a couple of days.

State Trooper Jonathan Cain, who is Box-Skinner’s nephew had went to the home with Blake’s parents Carol Box and Derek Skinner.

When they arrived at the home. The parents entered the home and found their son’s phone inside and knew something was wrong. Trooper Cain checked outbuildings on the property.

According to the affidavit, Trooper Cain opened a door on one of the outbuildings and saw human legs sticking out from under a washing machine.

After Cain moved the washing machine, he located the body of Blake Box-Skinner underneath.

Cain immediately contacted the ISP for back up.

Family members told investigators that Blake’s roommate, Rainbolt was not at the home, but had been calling Blake’s mother.

Investigators talked to Rainbolt on the phone and asked him to come in for an interview, but Rainbolt told police he did not have a ride to the sheriff’s department. An Indiana State Trooper arranged to pick Rainbolt up and transport him to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department where he admitted to killing his roommate.