Four people are facing charges Tuesday morning after officials say they confessed to killing a Laurel County woman.
Deputies had been searching for Sherry Rose, who went missing in Laurel County June 12th.
According to an arrest citation, during that investigation, Rose’s daughter Christie McFadden admitted to police that she and her husband, Joseph McFadden, fought with Rose and stabbed her.
“This is probably one of the most heinous crimes we’ve investigated in a long time,” said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. “Just a really terrible, terrible situation.”
The citation states Rose died from her injuries. Police also wrote in the document that the couple told them they then bought mops, bleach, and ammonia to clean up the scene after Rose was killed. They also used Rose’s debit card to take $500 from an ATM.
The McFaddens told investigators they put Rose’s body in a suitcase, transported it in Rose’s car and dumped it in a rural area. Further investigation led to two more people who helped dispose of the body.
“The daughter of the victim and the son-in-law placed the victim in a suitcase,” said Acciardo.
Rose’s car was discovered off Roark Road in southern Laurel County.
Officials found a decomposing body in Clay County off Reynolds Road near the Laurel County line around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. The body was sent to Frankfort for autopsy and identification, but police believe the body to be Rose.
Joseph Craig McFadden, 31, of Corbin was charged with murder, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking, abuse of a corpse and fleeing or evading police.
Christie Elizabeth McFadden, 28, of Corbin was charged with complicity to commit murder, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking, abuse of a corpse and fleeing or evading police.
Christie McFadden agreed to talk with WYMT from jail, in a more than 20-minute long interview she mentioned her strained relationship with her mother and the events leading up to the night Rose died.
“I am really sad about it right now honestly because I don’t, I don’t really understand why it had to come to that point,” said McFadden.
Michael Hinkle, 48, and Cody Allen Hinkle, 24, of London were charged with tampering of physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.
All four are in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Pic courtesy of WYMT.