Woman found “chained like dog” in Woodruff, SC

Sheriff says they may be dealing with a possible serial killer



WOODRUFF, SC (WSPA) – The Spartanburg County Coroner has been called back to the scene in Woodruff where a woman was found chained up in a storage unit Thursday.

Our crew on the scene in Spartanburg County says the coroner arrived on the property just before 11 a.m. No other details have been released.

A man accused of holding the woman captive, chained to the inside of a storage unit for 2 months, has been charged with kidnapping.

Todd Kohlhepp has a bond hearing set for 2 p.m. Friday. Kohlhepp has been in custody since Thursday.

Friday morning, the detention center website updated his charges, listing Kidnapping with his booking photo.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says they found Kala Brown, chained up like a dog with a chain around her neck in a 30×15 metal container for two months.

Brown and her boyfriend Charles carver have been missing from Anderson Co. since August 31.

Kala Brown and Charles Carver

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She told investigators she was being fed.

The hospital operator says Kala Brown has been released from the hospital.


Deputies heard her banging on the container as they were serving a search warrant.

Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said they were pinging Brown’s phone 2 days after she was reported missing.


He says it pinged on the property where Brown was found. The Phone went dead after two days.

Two weeks before they were ale to get a search warrant for the property the sheriff’s office flew over the property and saw it was extensive and need to get on the ground.

Anderson Police say from early on they had no indication there was foul play, even with the cell phone pings.

Kala’s friends say she worked with her alleged kidnapper cleaning houses.

READ Kala Brown worked for suspected kidnapper, say friends

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account here.

They have not found Charlie Carver. Investigators say they have found Carver’s car on the property.

Sheriff Wright says they may be dealing with a possible serial killer.

Brown told the sheriff there could be 4 bodies on the property.  Sheriff Wright said Friday morning that cadaver dogs alerted to some places on the property, but it’s unclear what they may find until the excavation process begins.

READ: Friends say Brown cleaned homes for Kohlhepp’s real estate business.


Todd Kohlhepp
Todd Kohlhepp

Todd Kohlhepp, 45, 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 Arizona for kidnapping.

His offender type is listed as Juvenile Tier III.

Court documents show Todd Kohlhepp was 15 when he was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a then 14-year-old girl.

READ: What we know about the man in custody in Woodruff kidnapping

The property is listed as 95.57 acres S SIDE WOFFORD ROAD N OF SC 101 PB -Qualified Agricultural Farm Vacant.

Kohlhepp’s home address is listed as 213 Windsong Way in Moore, SC.

Deputies searched Kohlhepp’s property on Wofford Road around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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 believed her daughter is in danger, but hoped 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.

READ: Cryptic Facebook messages sent from Carver’s account after he went missing