On Thursday, a 30-year-old woman was rescued from a rural South Carolina farm after she was found inside a large shipping container “chained up like a dog.” The woman, Kala Brown, was reported missing about two months ago along with her boyfriend Charles David Carver. On Friday, the police recovered a dead body on the property. Brown warned the police that there may be multiple victims too. She believes the property has four dead people buried there.
The owner of the farm is a registered sex offender named Todd Kohlhepp, who worked as a real estate agent. He was arrested on Thursday after Brown was found. He is accused of allegedly kidnapping Brown in Spartanburg, South Carolina sometime at the end of August. According to county jail records, Kohlhepp is charged with suspicion of kidnapping and is being held without bond. There is no word yet as to whether he has a defense lawyer.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is the law enforcement agency which rescued Brown. Sheriff Chuck Wright claimed they were led to the property by sex crimes investigators. That’s when they arrived with a search warrant and discovered Brown. However, there was no mention of what evidence these investigators found which led them to Kohlhepp’s property. It is believed that Brown and her boyfriend may have known Kohlhepp but investigators don’t know how well they knew each other. Investigators have tried questioning Kohlhepp after he was arrested, but he is reportedly not cooperating with them.
Kohlhepp already has a criminal past which includes kidnapping. In 1987, he was convicted of kidnapping in Arizona when he was only 16-years-old. This made him have to register with the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry when he eventually moved to that state.