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todd-kohlheppANDERSON COUNTY, SC – A woman missing since August has been found chained like a dog inside a metal storage container, and a registered sex offender has been arrested.

Back in August, 30-year-old Kala Brown and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charlie Carver, disappeared from their apartment leaving cell phones, a car, and their dog behind.

The faded from the news a bit until recently, when someone started posting on Carver’s Facebook page.

The person making the posts claimed the couple were fine and just decided to leave.

Their family members did not believe the posts were coming from the couple, thinking the page had either been hacked, or the handiwork of the person(s) responsible for their disappearance.

We now know the fate of Brown, who was found alive inside a storage shed on property belonging to 45-year-old Todd Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender.

Acting on a tip provided by a sex crime investigator, deputies were on the property when they heard banging coming from the storage container

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Brown was “chained inside the container like a dog.” He said Brown told them she’d been in the container for two months with a chain around her neck.


Kayla Brown and Charlie Carver

“It was pretty emotional, to say the least, when she was found especially when she was chained like a dog,” said Wright. “She had a chain around her neck! Its only by God’s grace we found that little girl alive.”

Brown also told investigators that there may be four more bodies on the property, but that claim has not been verified.

“We’re trying to make sure we don’t have a serial killer on our hands,” Wright said.

At this point the only thing investigators have found on the 100 acre property, aside from Brown, is ammunition, weapons and bear traps. The location of Carver is still unknown at this point.

Police arrested Kohlhepp in connection with the investigation and say he is a convicted sex offender convicted of kidnapping in Arizona in 1987, when he was only 16.

Kohlepp will be charged with kidnapping, for now.

“He’s currently incarcerated,” Wright said. “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.”

No doubt a lot more details will be coming, so feel free to provide any updates in the comments below.

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