Body found where woman was chained in South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man arrested after a woman was found chained inside a large storage container on his rural property went before a judge Friday.

A prosecutor says authorities found a body Friday on the property where a woman was found chained.

Prosecutor Barry Barnette spoke at the hearing held Friday afternoon for Todd Kohlhepp who was arrested after the woman was found on his rural property.

Kohlhepp, 45, will remain in the Spartanburg County jail without bond.

According to testimony during the hearing, Kala Brown watched Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender, shoot her boyfriend Charles Carver and kill him. At least one murder charge is likely.

Kohlhepp dressed in blue T-shirt and gym shorts asked a question about his attorney, but otherwise was quiet.

Officials found numerous weapons, nine millimeter handguns with silencers and other assault weapons on his property.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said the woman had disappeared in late August. She was found “chained up like a dog” inside a container that was about 30 feet by 15 feet. She told deputies other women might be on the property and the search for possible victims resumed Friday.

The woman’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver, is still missing.

The woman told deputies she had been kept in the container for two months and had been fed regularly.

Todd Kohlhepp
Todd Kohlhepp

Kohlhepp is a registered sex offender who owned the land where the woman was found. He was convicted of a 1986 kidnapping in Arizona that landed him on the sex offender registry.

South Carolina’s sex offender registry lists the Arizona offense as the reason Todd Kohlhepp is in the database of sex offenders. It indicates he was a juvenile offender, convicted in 1987 when he was a teenager.

Matching online prison records from Arizona show that Kohlhepp served about 14 years for the felony and was released in 2001.

The Arizona records show the kidnapping happened in November 1986 in the Phoenix area.

The records don’t elaborate on the crime, but do list some violations while in prison.

The records say he destroyed property and fought on a number of occasions while incarcerated in 1991 and 1988.

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