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Walmart co-workers' concern for missing Kentucky woman led to daughter's, son-in-law's arrests

Top row, Christie McFadden, left, and Joseph McFadden. Bottom row, Cody Hinkle, left, and Michael Hinkle.
Top row, Christie McFadden, left, and Joseph McFadden. Bottom row, Cody Hinkle, left, and Michael Hinkle. Laurel County Correctional Center

A London woman and her husband admitted Tuesday to fatally stabbing her mother, who was reported missing by her Walmart co-workers, court documents state.

Christie McFadden, 28, is charged with complicity to commit murder and Joseph McFadden, 31, is charged with murder of 58-year-old Sherry Rose, according to court documents.

Rose, who reportedly never misses work, was last seen on June 12 at the southern Laurel Walmart where she was employed. Her co-workers alerted police, and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office released information about Rose's disappearance Monday.

Early Tuesday, the daughter and son-in-law said Rose suffered a fatal stab wound June 15 during a physical altercation involving all three, their arrest citations state.

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The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said the murder of Sherry Rose occurred at this Thoroughbred Trail home in southern Laurel County. Laurel County Sheriff's Office

The McFaddens then purchased mops, bleach and ammonia to clean up the scene, they told to the sheriff's office. During the purchase, Rose's debit card was used to remove $500 from an ATM, according to court records.

In an interview with LEX 18, Christie McFadden claimed her mother attacked her, then stabbed herself when Joseph McFadden attempted to break up the fight.

"I didn't lay a land on her. She was attacking me," Christie McFadden told LEX 18. "Joseph stepped in because I'm pregnant, self-defense."

While cleaning up the scene, Christie and Joseph McFadden put Rose into a suitcase and transported her in the trunk of the car to dispose of her, their arrest citations state. Cody Hinkle, 24, and Michael Hinkle, 48, were arrested and charged with evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse after allegedly helping the McFaddens dispose of Rose's body.

The elder Hinkle is accused of driving the pickup truck with the body in the back and hiding it. The car was recovered off Roark Road in southern Laurel County, according to the sheriff's office.

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Sherry Rose Laurel County Sheriff's Office

Rose's body was found in Clay County off Reynolds Road near the Laurel County line around 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said. .

In addition to the murder charges, the McFaddens were also charged with evidence tampering, abuse of a corpse, theft and fleeing police. They both ran from police when Laurel County deputies located them at their apartment eight miles south of London, the sheriff's office said.

The four suspects were taken to the Laurel County Correctional Center.