Authorities began searching wooded areas of South Carolina on Wednesday morning, a day after police announced that convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp gave investigators new information about two other bodies he buried in the area.
Kohlhepp, a former realtor, was convicted in 2017 of murdering seven people, including four victims -- Beverly Guy, Scott Ponder, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert -- at a motorcycle shop in 2003. He’s currently serving seven consecutive life sentences. Kohlhepp, now 47, pleaded guilty to the murders and in turn was spared the death penalty.
The serial killer was arrested in 2016 after a woman was found chained up inside a shipping container on his property. That woman, Kala Brown, also witnessed Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, Charles Carver, whose body was later found on Kohlhepp’s 96-acre property, along with the bodies of Meagan and Johnny Coxie. Brown claimed that Kohlhepp told her that he has killed close to 100 people.
Last year, the killer penned an eight-page letter to a publication in his state, the Herald-Journal, claiming he has killed others.
"Yes there is more than seven," Kohlhepp wrote in the letter. "I tried to tell investigators and I did tell FBI, but it was blown off.”
Now, it appears his claims are being taken seriously.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told the Greenville News in Greenville, South Carolina that information given to police by Kohlhepp was credible enough to execute the search. However, he did add that the chances of finding any bodies was low.
Investigators are now searching Enoree, a small, unincorporated section of southern Spartanburg County about 15 miles away from Kohlhepp’s former property.
It’s not clear who the two victims could be or when they could have been killed. Footage of the search shows investigators and at least one cadaver dog.
[Photo: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office]