Police charge Wallkill man with murder following discovery of human remains in Newburgh

Christopher Smith

State Police at Highland today charged Christopher Smith, 43, of Wallkill, with second-degree murder. The arrest followed a missing person investigation that began in June of 2017. State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Quaker Street in Town of Newburgh where human remains were recovered.

The identity of the homicide victim is William K. McMahon, 50, of Quaker St., town of Newburgh.  McMahon was last seen alive in April of 2017 and reported missing to the state police in June of 2017.

State Police were assisted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Medical Examiner and the Plattekill Fire Department at the scene.  Smith was Arraigned before Town of Newburgh Justice Hon. Richard Clarino and remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail.