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Police seek second suspect connected to missing UC professor

Randall Russ was last seen in his Grant County home in August. (Photo provided) Randall Russ was last seen in his Grant County home in August. (Photo provided)
Howard, left, and Black, right (provided photos) Howard, left, and Black, right (provided photos)
Russ' car found on Tuesday. (FOX19/Gordon Graham) Russ' car found on Tuesday. (FOX19/Gordon Graham)

A suspect is at large and another has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of a University of Cincinnati professor.

Authorities say Charles Black, 55, led police to a body last week in Fleming County, Ky. and claimed it belonged to Randall Russ, who was last seen on Aug. 18. Officials have not confirmed it is Russ' body and are using DNA analysis to positively identify the remains.

Kevin Howard, another suspect believed to be involved, remains at large and is considered dangerous, Kentucky State Police announced Friday at a press conference.

According to an affidavit, Black told police that he assisted in burying the body but said Howard was responsible for killing Russ.

Black, of Hillsboro, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder, tampering of evidence and auto theft.

Authorities continue to search for Howard, of Owingsville, who is wanted for murder, tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile over $500.

The green Ford Focus belonging to Russ was found abandoned last Tuesday near the same location as the unidentified human remains, according to Kentucky State Police.

Documents state Black told police that he and Russ were together at Howard's home in mid-August. Black claimed he left the home and found Russ dead when he returned.

The suspects put the body in Russ' car and buried it in a shallow grave in Fleming County, according to the affidavit. Black told police that they also burned a mattress from the home Russ' body was removed from.

Russ, 54, was an adjunct instructor in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Cincinnati. The director of the program, Phillip Cathey, released a statement about Russ on Friday. He said: "Randy was very personable with the Upward Bound students and his class was on of the favorites of the students in the program. He always had a positive attitude and will be missed by the students, their parents and the Upward Bound staff."

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