In the days since 30-year-old Kala Brown was found “chained like a dog” in a metal container on a property in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, more shocking details have come to light.
Brown and her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, disappeared from their Anderson, SC, apartment in late August. A two month search ensued, and a tip led investigators to the Spartanburg property on Thursday.
After being rescued, Brown told authorities that she had been held against her will for two months, and that she had watched the property owner, Todd Kohlhepp, shoot Carver.
Carver’s car was found on the property late Thursday evening and, according to NBC News, investigators identified a body found on the property to be that of Carver’s on Saturday morning. Carver is said to have died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Kohlhepp has been a registered sex offender since the age of fifteen. In 1987, he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison after being convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.
He is now being linked to more killings, specifically an unsolved quadruple homicide that occurred in Spartanburg County in 2003.
According to Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright, Kohlhepp has implicated himself in the killings of Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert, all of whom were shot to death at a Superbike Motorsports store in Chesnee, South Carolina. Wright explains:
“He told us some stuff that nobody ought to know. The solicitor and the investigators who have been working case said it was good. We’ve got four murder warrants signed on him.”
The total number of deaths linked to Kohlhepp thus far is five. According to Greenville Online, two bodies in addition to Carver’s have been found on the property. They have yet to be identified. Wright also reports that Kohlhepp led authorities to two other grave sites on the property. He has yet to confirm whether bodies were discovered at these sites.
Kohlhepp, who was initially charged with the kidnapping of Kala Brown, has now been charged with four counts of murder. An additional murder charge — one for the killing of Charlie Carver — is forthcoming.
Wright believes that solving these cases is nothing short of a miracle.
“God answered our prayers,” he says. “If it wasn’t for him answering our prayers and Todd talking to us, I don’t know that we’d ever solve that case.”
Kohlhepp is being held without bond at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.