Arrests Made In The Case Of Missing Whitley Co. Child

November 17, 2023

Two arrests have been made regarding the disappearance of 4 year-old Chloe Darnel. Twenty-four-year-old Brittany Slaughter and Thirty-four-year-old Adam Hayes, both of Wlliamsburg, have both been arrested and charged with Murder, Abuse of a Corpse and Tampering with Physical Evidence. A body, believed to be that of Chloe Darnel, has been recovered and sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy and positive identification. This is still an active investigation and further charges could be possible. The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by multiple law-enforcement agencies during the investigation including the Williamsburg Police Department, the Corbin Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, and the federal ATF. We were also assisted by Woodbine Fire & Rescue, the Corbin Fire Department, and the Whitley County Coroner’s Office. I would like to thank each of these agencies for their hard work and cooperation.

❇️Update 11-16-23 9pm❇️

Deputies have located Brittany Slaughter, locally. Her status and welfare are reported as unharmed.

Chloe Darnel’s whereabouts and welfare remains in question. The investigation is on going.

✳️✳️Update as of Thursday November 16th,2023✳️✳️

Deputies and investigators have located and seized the vehicle in question and are actively investigating and pursuing multiple leads. Should anyone have information in reference to the whereabouts of Chloe and Brittany, please contact us immediately at 606-549-6017.

❇️❇️Update as of Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. ❇️❇️

We are also requesting the public's assistance with locating a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer, red in color. This vehicle reportedly has an attached black (mismatched color) front bumper. The last known licenses plate number was KY 291-RKD. The vehicle in question is not currently registered and the title was never transferred from the previous owner, there isn't a current registered owner, nor current licenses plate number.

Reportedly, Brittney Slaughter may have been operating this vehicle prior to her and 4 year old Chloe Darnel's disappearance. Our Deputies and investigators are working multiple leads, however due to the nature of the on-going investigation, not all information can be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation. Anyone who observes, or has information in reference to the above described vehicle is asked to contact Whitley County 911 dispatch at 606-549-6017. Alleged photos of the vehicle and examples photos of the type are attached.

Brittney Slaughter and a juvenile identified as Chloe Darnel age 4 who Brittney has custody of, have both been reported missing from the Ova Lane / Canada Town Community of Whitley County.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Whitley County Dispatch at 606-549-6017. Case Officer Lt. David Lassiter, Unit 304, reference case number 23-118-0392.

At this time information is limited. Brittney allegedly has family members in Ohio. Initial reports indicate Chloe has not been seen since late September of this year. Deputies are continuing to track down leads at this time!