The Latest: Coroner to ID Body Found Near Chained Woman – ABC News
The Latest on the investigation after a missing woman was found chained inside a storage container (all times local):
A coroner is working to identify the body found on property in rural South Carolina where a woman was found chained in a storage container.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says the body was exhumed Friday night and taken to the morgue. It remained unclear Saturday when the body would be identified.
Teams continued Saturday morning to search the 95-acre property near Woodruff.
Police vehicles could be seen going back and forth across the property. An Anderson police officer put two bouquets of flowers in the fence Saturday.
Todd Christopher Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping after authorities found a woman Thursday chained at her neck and ankle in a storage container. 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.
The man accused of chaining a woman in a storage container for weeks had a violent past and was “preoccupied with sexual content” from a young age.
That’s according to details emerging as investigators search his rural property for bodies.
Teams digging on the property found one body Friday and feared there could be more.
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. The body discovered Friday was not immediately identified.
Todd Christopher Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping. The 45-year-old registered sex offender has a previous kidnapping conviction in Arizona. More charges are expected.
Barnette said that in the Arizona case, Kohlhepp kidnapped a 14-year-old girl, bound her and raped her in 1986. Online prison records show he served about 14 years for the felony. He was released in 2001.