Woodruff, South Carolina, residents are left badly shaken after it was unveiled this weekend they've been living with a dangerous man in their community. Todd Kohlhepp, who is being charged for kidnapping Kala Brown, 30, and for allegedly murdering her boyfriend, Charles Carver, 30, also helped crack another cold case report that has been open for 13 years.
The four killed at Superbike were all found at the shop — two in the front and two in the back of the store — but Kohlhepp disappeared without leaving much evidence for authorities to pin the crime on him.
RadarOnline.com reported that Brown was found locked up in a metal cage with her neck and legs bound by chains on Kohlhepp's 95-acre property in Woodruff. She told police she thought Kohlhepp shot her boyfriend, Charles Carver, 32, to death on the property and buried him.
A tipster called authorities after they noticed Brown's car at Kohlhepp's property after she had been reported missing since Aug. 30. She was employed by real estate agent Kohlhepp to help clean out properties before he put them on the market.
A body was discovered late on Friday night, which was later revealed was Carver's. Investigators brought Kohlhepp back to the property dressed in his orange jumpsuit on Saturday to show where other bodies may be on the land. He cooperated and pointed to two other grave areas, raising the count to three bodies on the property including Carvers.
Kohlhepp has already served prison once before, between 1987 to 2001, after he was charged for holding a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint and raping her inside his house when he was 15 years old.
According to his previous court documents, Kohlhepp carries a long list of violent acts: destroying his room with a hammer, bleaching a goldfish, shooting a dog with a BB gun and ripping up new clothes that were bought for him.
As the crime scene unfolded on Saturday night, a reporter asked officials if Kohlhepp might be considered a serial killer at this point. "It appears to be that that's what we're looking at," Sheriff Chuck Wright said.
Authorities are continuing to dig through missing person reports as they search for more bodies. Kohlhepps first court appearance is being scheduled for January 19.
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