WOODRUFF, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said two bodies found on Todd Kohlhepp’s property were those of a couple.
Clevenger identified the victims as Meagan Leigh McCraw Coxie, 25, and her husband, 29-year-old Johnny Joe Coxie. Investigators think both were shot to death.
Clevenger said the preliminary cause of Meagan’s death is a gunshot wound to the head, while Johnny appears to have died from a gunshot wound to the torso.
The coroner says not all of their bodies were recovered and more testing will be performed.
The Spartanburg couple had been buried for at least 11 months.
Deputies say they have at least one child together.
Authorities say the couple disappeared after they were released from jail in December 2015.
Johnny Coxie’s family released this statement:
“The family is in shock, grieving, and are not comfortable talking to anyone at this time. They have asked for people to please try and understand and give them time to heal. They appreciate everyone’s love and concern.”
Three total bodies, including Charles Carver’s, have been removed from the almost 100-acre property.
Authorities say Kohlhepp identified Meagan and Johnny’s graves and identified them by name.
Lieutenant Kevin Bobo with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said he could not discuss why Kohlhepp allegedly targeted and killed the couple.
How the suspected serial killer and couple knew each other was not immediately clear.
Deputies say that the couple panhandled near Interstate 26. The Coxies were released from jail in December 2015. Meagan told her mother that she had gotten a job and asked to be bonded out of jail, and her mother agreed, Bobo said.
Meagan’s mother reported the couple missing to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office later that same month, according to authorities.
Deputies says Kohlhepp called them by name.
That property is owned by Kohlhepp, according to records. The sheriff said deputies heard a woman banging on the metal container.
That container was removed Wednesday.
They found Kala Brown inside with a chain around her neck. She has been taken for treatment.
Her boyfriend, Charles Carver’s body was found on the property on Friday.
They couple had been missing since August 31.
THE SUPERBIKE MURDERS
Authorities say Kohlhepp confessed to a quadruple slaying at a motorcycle shop in 2003 after he was granted a request to meet with his mother.
Sunday marked the 13th anniversary of the Superbike murders. Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Chris Sherbert and Brian Lucas, were killed at Superbike Motorsports on Nov. 6, 2003.
Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas, and Chris Sherbert were shot and killed inside the Superbike Motorsports shop in Chesnee on Parris Bridge Road.
Years went by and sketches were released, leads were followed, but the case remained cold.
Scott Ponder’s widow, Melissa, says deputies told her that Kohlhepp was a customer of the shop.
Chris Sherbert’s brother remains in disbelief, telling 7 News that he stopped by his brother’s grave Saturday night, to tell him there was closure.
Kohlhepp is without an attorney and speaking freely with investigators, according to Sheriff Wright.