WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) — A tragic end to the search for a 4-year-old girl missing since September in Whitley County has a family and community looking for answers.

Amber Morales Lopez is one of the many members of Chloe Darnell’s family who are still trying to pick up the pieces of what happened.

Whitley County deputies reported on Friday that they found what they believe to be Darnell’s body and sent it to the state examiner’s office.

Meanwhile, both Brittany Slaughter—a cousin who has had custody of Darnell since birth, according to family—and Adam Hayes are in jail, charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. Hayes was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin).

“Chloe was an amazing child, an amazing little girl,” Morales Lopez said. “You never knew what you were going to get out of her mouth or her facial expressions. Just anything and everything, Chloe was your typical sassy, beautiful, young, bright-eyed, blue-eyed blonde, beautiful baby.”

A Facebook page called “Justice for Chloe Darnell” originally started as a search and rescue group but has since become a way for family and friends to share their grief and memories.

“I feel like getting the justice we need for Chloe is the top priority right now,” Morales Lopez said. “It would be really appreciated if people would stop with the slandering at the moment. It’s doing nothing but hurting the family more.”

A GoFundMe was started to raise money for the funeral.

“I’m 100% grateful for anything and everything that anybody can help with,” Morales Lopez said. “We all are, as a family.”

The Facebook page is full of pictures of Chloe living her best life, and the family said the next best thing to do is keep her memory going.

“Just show her love like you would your own child,” Morales Lopez said.


The link to the GoFundMe page can be found here.