Police ID 16-year old girl murdered in Estill; family says she was almost 9 months pregnant

ESTILL, SC (WSAV) — Estill Police report Johnnie McKnight was taken into custody on Friday, Sept. 1, at approximately 9:25 a.m. in Denmark, S.C. without incident. According to News 3’s Trish Williford, who is on the scene in Estill, 16-year old Alydia Ling was the victim and family members say she was almost 9 months pregnant.

McKnight was taken into custody by deputies of the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office, city of Denmark Police Department and Denmark Technical College Public Safety. McKnight will be held at the Hampton County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

The Estill Police Department said they would like to thank the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office, Allendale County Sheriff’s Office, Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office, City of Denmark Police Department, Denmark Technical College Public Safety and, “last but not least the vigilant citizens who provided any information.”

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information on this case, contact the Estill Police Department at 803-625-3699; Hampton County Dispatch at 803-943-9261 or 911.


ESTILL, SC (WSAV) — Estill police report they are looking for Johnnie McKnight for charges of murder, attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and felon in possession of a firearm. They say he is considered armed and dangerous.

McKnight is a black male, 5’9” and 145 pounds.

According to Estill police, McKnight is wanted for the murder of a 16-year-old female and her unborn child. The murder took  place  in the 800 block of 5th Street. They say McKnight also attempted to murder several other individuals inside the residence.

McKnight could possibly be traveling in a dark colored 1998 Honda Accord coupe with SC tags JJT 709, a dark colored 1995 Honda Accord with SC tags LFN 488 or a newer model dark grey Honda Accord sedan.

McKnight should not be approached and law enforcement should be contacted immediately.

If you have any information, contact the Estill Police Department at 803-625-3699; call Hampton County dispatch at 803-943-9261 or  911.

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