SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (AP) — Authorities say the body found on the rural South Carolina property where a woman was found chained in a storage container is her boyfriend.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright identified the body late Saturday as 32-year-old Charles Carver. He was found and exhumed from a shallow grave Friday.
Carver and his girlfriend went missing around Aug. 31. Todd Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping her and keeping her chained in a locked storage container.
Prosecutor Barry Barnette said Friday she told investigators she saw her captor shoot her boyfriend.
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.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s website on Sunday says Todd Kohlhepp faces four counts of murder and a single kidnapping charge. A bond hearing has been set.
Sheriff Chuck Wright says 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.
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 in a locked metal container Thursday.
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.
UPDATE (WCBD) — WCBD’s sister station, WSPA, reporters Sheriff Chuck Wright announced Saturday night that Kohlhepp admitted to killing four people in 2003.
The “Superbike” case has gone unsolved since it happened.