Woman found chained by neck inside container, more than two months after going missing

A sex offender is arrested in South Carolina after Kala Brown is rescued - but her boyfriend, Charles Carver, is still missing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 November, 2016, 2:27pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 November, 2016, 10:07pm

A woman who had been reported missing along with her boyfriend in late August was found “chained up like a dog” inside a storage container, a South Carolina sheriff said Thursday.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told news outlets that deputies acting on a tip found Kala Brown, 30, after hearing her banging on the container from the inside on Thursday in the town of Woodruff, 130km northwest of the state capital of Columbia.

Brown told police that she had been held captive for two months in the storage container and that there might be up to four dead bodies on the property, Wright said.

“I want to thank God for allowing us to find a missing person from Anderson city who was in a container chained up like a dog,” Wright said. “We found her alive and she’s being treated at a medical facility right now. It’s tragic that this person was being treated like that.”

Wright said Brown had a chain around her neck. He says she told deputies she had been fed regularly.

The sheriff said the container measured 10 metres by 5 metres by 3 metres high. It too was chained and locked. A message seeking additional comment from the sheriff’s office wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said his department’s investigation into the disappearance of the woman and Charles Carver, her 32-year-old boyfriend, led authorities to the property near Woodruff where the woman was found. Carver is still missing.

Stewart said more than a dozen search warrants were issued.

We’re trying to make sure that we don’t have a serial killer on our hands
Sheriff Chuck Wright

“We got computer and cellphone records that ultimately led us to the area in Woodruff,” Stewart said. “We knew that was the last place that a cellphone tied to this case pinged.”

The sheriff said a registered sex offender identified as Todd Christopher Kohlhepp has been arrested in connection with the incident. Wright said Brown had worked for Kohlhepp and the abduction had not been a “random act”.

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

Records indicate Kohlhepp is a licensed real estate agent as well as a licensed pilot. In 1986, he was convicted and sentenced to prison for kidnapping and dangerous crimes against children.

Additional reporting by Reuters