SC man who chained woman in storage container killed at least 7, sheriff says

Kohlhepp in an AP photo.
Kohlhepp in an AP photo.

WOODRUFF, S.C.(AP) — A sheriff says the man arrested after a woman was found chained on his property in rural South Carolina killed at least seven people.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says Todd Kohlhepp confessed Saturday that he was the shooter who killed four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003.

Wright says Kohlhepp also showed law enforcement officers Saturday the gravesites of two of his other victims buried on his 95-acre property near Woodruff.

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That’s in addition to the body found Friday at the site.

Wright and Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified that victim as 32-year-old Charles Carver, the boyfriend of the woman found alive in a locked metal container Thursday.

Carver was found and exhumed from a shallow grave Friday.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger says Carver died of multiple gunshot wounds in the upper part of his body. He says he’s working with an anthropologist to estimate how long he’d been buried.

Carver and his girlfriend went missing around Aug. 31. Prosecutor Barry Barnette says the woman saw her captor shoot and kill her boyfriend, who went with her for a cleaning job on the suspect’s property.

Todd Christopher Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping her and keeping her chained in a locked storage container.

Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping. The 45-year-old registered sex offender has a previous kidnapping conviction in Arizona.

Wright says “God answered our prayers” in solving the 13-year-old cold case.

The sheriff says it’s possible more bodies will be uncovered.

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