SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (February 21, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police is reporting that KSP Post 4 detectives along with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office (KAG) are conducting a murder investigation on missing four year old, Serenity McKinney.
On February 2, KSP was contacted by the SCSO requesting assistance with an investigation of a missing person case of a four-year old female that had last been seen in December 2020.
On February 18th at approximately 2:00 P.M. EST, detectives located the body of the four year-old in a wooded area near the 1300 block of Skyview Road in West Point near the Jefferson-Bullitt County line.
The victim’s body was taken by the Bullitt County Coroner’s Office to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy scheduled for Saturday morning.
Catherine Abigail McKinney and Dakota Hugh Hill - Photo credit: Shelby County Detention Center
KSP along with the SCSO and the KAG office charged Serenity’s mother, Catherine McKinney, age 21 of Shepherdsville and her boyfriend Dakota Hill, age 26 also of Shepherdsville, with:
- ABUSE OF A CORPSE
At the time both McKinney and Hill were in custody at the Shelby County Detention Center after being charged for Custodial Interference by the SCSO.
McKinney and Hill had been arrested in Kansas on the above charge before being extradited back to Kentucky.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Secret Service, Louisville Metro Police Department, Bullitt County Coroner’s Office, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, Radcliff Police Department, Radcliff Fire Department, Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and the Jefferson County Search Dog Association all assisted KSP with the investigation.
The case remains under investigation by KSP Post 4 detectives.
Map photo provided by Kentucky State Police, photo of four-year-old Serenity Ann McKinney is from a poster shared by the Shelby County Sheriff Office.