Police: Third body found on S.C. property where woman kept in chains

Todd Kohlhepp, 45, is facing four murder charges and one kidnapping charge in South Carolina. A third body was found on his property on Monday. Photo courtesy of Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Nov. 9 (UPI) — South Carolina officials have found a third body on the Spartanburg, S.C., property of Todd Kohlhepp, a convicted sex offender accused of multiple homicides and of chaining up a woman he allegedly kidnapped.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger told reporters that he is not yet able to determine the details of the two additional remains found after a first body, belonging to Charles Carver, 32, was found on Friday.

“I can’t state male or female, and ages,” Clevenger said. “I can’t state how long they’ve been deceased or how long they’ve been buried. There are a number of things I don’t know at this moment, because I’ve got some more testing I’ve got to do.”

Carver was the boyfriend of Kala Brown, 30, who was found alive on Thursday by police investigating a sex crime tip. She was found chained by the neck and ankles inside a storage container — having been there for two months.

The second body was found Saturday while the third was found Monday. The search on Kohlhepp’s 95-acre property was scaled down on Tuesday as investigators believe no more bodies are remaining.

Kohlhepp, 45, is charged with four deaths but is implicated in seven and could face additional charges. He is charged in the 2003 deaths of Scott Ponder, 30, owner of Superbike Motorsports; Beverly Guy, Ponder’s 52-year-old mother and part-time employee; and employees Brian Lucas, 29; and Chris Sherbert, 26.

Kohlhepp is a real estate broker who owns a property management business in Greenville and Spartanburg. He has been licensed as a private pilot since 2006. Officials were searching other properties linked to Kohlhepp, including some outside of South Carolina, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright previously said.

Kohlhepp previously spent 15 years in prison for kidnapping.

Police said Nichole Ellen Carver, 35, the estranged wife of Carver, was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer after she posed as a detective to get information about her husband’s disappearance, WYFF 4 reports.


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