South Carolina Woman found “chained like dog”, man still missing

Kala Brown and Charlie Carver
Kala Brown and Charlie Carver

WOODRUFF, SC (WSPA-Media General) – Sheriff Chuck Wright says the heavy police presence in Woodruff Thursday afternoon had to do with an Anderson Co. couple missing since August 31. They found Kala Brown alive.

Sheriff Wright says she was chained up like a dog with a chain around her neck in a 30×15 metal container for two months. Deputies heard her banging on the container.
She is being treated. She told investigators she was being fed. They have not found Charlie Carver.

Sheriff Wright says they may be dealing with a possible serial killer. Brown told the sheriff there could be four bodies on the property.


Todd Kohlhepp, 45, is in custody as of 10:45 Thursday morning and is in the detention center. The sheriff says he will likely be charged with at least one count of kidnapping. He was on the property when they served the search warrant. He is listed as property owner of the land where deputies are searching. He is also listed as a sex offender on the SC registry for a 10/16/1987 conviction in AZ for Kidnapping. It list his offender type as Juvenile Tier III.
There were officers, K-9’s, digging equipment and a helicopter on the scene.


Brown’s boyfriend, Charles David Carver, 32, is still missing. Friends and family say Charlie’s Facebook had weird posts on it. Before the page was deleted, cryptic messages were posted and sent from someone operating the site. Their families believe it was hacked by another person.

“That’s not him saying something like that,” Bobbie Newsom, Kala’s mom said back when the posts began. She believes her daughter is in danger, but is hoping for the best. “I love you baby girl. We are worried about you. this is unlike you. If you see this, just call somebody. anybody.”

Anderson Police say they watched the posts, but haven’t directly connected them to their disappearance.

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