Police in South Carolina have discovered a sick and twisted nightmare of kidnapping, sexual depravity and perhaps multiple murders. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was acting on a sex crimes tip and searched a large property. While searching, they heard banging coming from a storage container. Inside the container was Kala Brown, 30, who had been missing, along with her boyfriend since Aug. 31, 2016.
According to law enforcement she was “chained like a dog” and traumatized. Brown stated that she had been in the 30 feet long, 15 wide and 10 to 12 feet high container since she went missing with her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, 32, who is still missing. Brown made a chilling statement to investigators that there were four bodies buried on the property. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said, “We’re trying to make sure we don’t have a serial killer on our hands, it very possibly could be what we have.”
Police scoured the 100-acre property and found a cache of weapons and ammunition. Authorities were cautious because there was information that bear traps were set throughout the property. Police later arrested Todd Kohlhepp, 45, a registered sex offender. Kohlhepp is listed as the owner of the property and lives in nearby Moore, South Carolina. He is advertised as a realtor for TK & A Real Estate (Todd Kohlhepp & Associates LLC). According to law enforcement, he was convicted of a kidnapping in 1987 when he was 16, which led to him having to register as a sex offender. Investigators have stated that Brown knew her captor and they are trying to determine the connection between the pair. Kohlhepp is currently charged with kidnapping and other charges are expected to be added as the investigation continues. “He’s currently incarcerated. We’re trying to get all this sorted out and figure out what were going to charge him with. One of the charges will be kidnapping, it could be murder. It could be a number of things,” said Sheriff Wright.
Brown’s family knew something was wrong when she and her boyfriend went missing. Her Facebook account was believed to have been hacked with postings that occurred after the couple was reported missing. According to Brown’s mother, the words did not seem like her daughter’s.