Woodruff kidnapping case has local connections


Kala Brown, the Anderson woman who survived being chained inside a storage container for two months, has connections to the Piedmont, Wren area. Brown, 30, attended Wren High School as a teen and was in the Army for awhile. She and her boyfriend Charles David Carver, 32, shared an apartment in Anderson when they disappeared in late August.

Brown was found alive last Thursday, (Nov. 3) on property near Woodruff owned by Upstate real estate agent, Todd Christopher Kohlhepp. Her boyfriend’s body was later found on the same property.

Kohlhepp has been charged with kidnapping Brown and also been implicated in the homicides of four other people. Authoirites are saying Kohlhepp, 45, is also now facing charges in the unsolved murder of four people at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee 13 years ago.

According to reports, Brown cleaned houses and had worked for Kohlhepp getting houses ready for sale.

Anderson police began investigating the disappearance of Brown and Carver after they were reported missing in early September.

Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said his department’s investigation led authorites to the property in Woodruff where he said was the last place that a cell phone connected to the case pinged.

Spartanburg County investigators were looking at the property in connection with a different case and were on the property Thursday morning when they heard banging in the container where Brown was found. Authorities said Brown told them she saw Kohlhepp shoot Carver. Carver’s body was found on the property with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper extremities according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Brown told investigators there may be four other victims on the property.