Two people in Kentucky were arrested in connection with a suspected murder after authorities said they believed they had found the body of a 4-year-old girl who was reported missing this week but had not been seen since September.
A body believed to be Chloe Darnel was discovered and sent to the medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy and positive identification, according to a Friday statement from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. Facebook page.
In addition to murder, Brittany Slaughter, 24, and Adam Hayes, 34, both of Williamsburg, Kentucky, are charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to the sheriff’s department. Slaughter had custody of Chloe, the sheriff’s department said.
On a verified GoFundMe page for Chloe, her last name is spelled differently than the sheriff’s department spelled it.
Chloe “was a bright, happy girl” who met an “unhappy ending,” according to the GoFundMe account that was organized by a family member. Slaughter is Chloe’s aunt, according to the fundraiser.
The girl’s family and friends became suspicious because they were unable to see or speak to the girl for the past month, the GoFundMe said. Chloe had seven siblings, according to the fundraiser.
In other updates on the investigation, the sheriff’s department said Wednesday they were searching for a red Mitsubishi Lancer that Slaughter was allegedly driving before his and Chloe’s disappearance. The two were reported missing, according to the sheriff’s department, which added: “Initial reports indicate that Chloe has not been seen since late September of this year.”
On Thursday, the sheriff’s department said they found the vehicle they were looking for. That same day, Slaughter was found unharmed, according to the sheriff’s department.
No one from the sheriff’s department could immediately be reached for comment Saturday.