Authorities: Woman ‘chained up like a dog’ inside container

Undated photo of Karla Brown and Charles Carver. (Courtesy WSPA)
Undated photo of Karla Brown and Charles Carver. (Courtesy WSPA)


ANDERSON, S.C. (AP/WOOD) — South Carolina investigators say 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.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told news outlets that deputies acting on a tip found Kala Brown after hearing her banging on the container from the inside Thursday in the town of Woodruff, 80 miles northwest of the state capital of Columbia.

Wright said Brown had a chain around her neck. He says she told deputies she had been kept in the container for two months and had been fed regularly.

The sheriff said a registered sex offender identified as Todd Christopher Kohlhepp has been arrested in connection with the incident.

This photo made available by the Spartanburg, S.C., County Sheriff's Office shows Todd Kohlhepp of Moore, S.C. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This photo made available by the Spartanburg, S.C., County Sheriff’s Office shows Todd Kohlhepp of Moore, S.C. (Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Wright told WSPA, WOOD TV8’s Greenville sister station, Kohlheep may be a serial killer. Brown told authorities there may be as many as four bodies on the 95-acre property. Police were seen Thursday searching the property with K-9 units, digging equipment and a helicopter.

Authorities are still searching for Brown’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver.

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24 Hour News 8 contributed to this story.