Kala Brown had been held captive for over two months when she heard investigators outside the 30 x 15 foot metal container where she was “chained like a dog.” She began banging on the sides of it, hoping the noise would alert them to her presence, and bring her ordeal to an end. After being rescued, Brown told police there were four people buried on the 100 acre property of convicted sex offender Todd Kohlhepp. One of those bodies may belong to the woman’s boyfriend, Charlie Carver.
Brown, 30, and Carver, 32, went missing on August 31 from Anderson, South Carolina. When relatives went by the apartment they shared to investigate, they found the door unlocked and their pet Pomeranian, Romeo, left alone with no food or water. Brown’s car was still in the parking lot. Carver’s was missing. As the search for the couple spread, strange messages appeared on Carver’s Facebook page and were sent to friends, saying that the couple was OK. However, Carver’s family thought the messages didn’t sound like Charlie, and that he very infrequently even posted to Facebook. Authorities believe the account was hacked by his abductor.
45-year-old Todd Kohlhepp lists his occupation as a realtor for TK & A Real Estate (Todd Kohlhepp & Associates LLC). He is also a convicted sex offender who was arrested at the age of 16 in Arizona for sexual assault and kidnapping, for which he served time. Friends of Brown’s say she worked as a house cleaner for Kohlhepp. A tip through the sex crimes unit brought investigators to his house yesterday, armed with a search warrant. After finding Brown, they took Kohlhepp into custody. Carver has not yet been found, but investigators are continuing to search the sprawling, wooded property. Cadaver dogs who have been brought in indicate the presence of human remains.