SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said deputies will search Wednesday after serial killer Todd Kohlhepp claimed there are more victims.
Sheriff Wright said deputies are working off information that Kohlhepp told someone else, and deputies will be looking to confirm or deny that there might be two more victims in the Enoree area.
Sheriff Wright said deputies will search an area off of Interstate 26. He said Kohlhepp would lead investigators to where Kohlhepp claims the bodies were buried, but later told reporters the serial killer would not be in the Upstate.
Kohlhepp previously pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder, four counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Kohlhepp killed Charlie Carver before holding Carver’s girlfriend, Kala Brown, captive for two months. Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies rescued Brown after finding her chained inside a storage container on Kohlhepp’s 100-acre property in Woodruff.
“I think as a group or family of all the victims – we’ve all said all along we felt like there was more people,” said Charlie Carver’s father Chuck Carver. “In Todd’s early statements, he said there were more victims than you could count on two hands and that’s what we were going off of and thought all along that he’s probably correct.”
Carver’s body, along with the bodies of Megan and Johnny Coxie, were found buried on the property.
“Try to get some normalcy back until something like this pops up and we’re right back where we started it seems,” Carver said. “Hopefully this is – if there’s more than two I would like for Todd to go ahead and give them up. Give those families closure. I think it would be a burden off of them because I know there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my son and I’m sure they’re in the same boat.”
Meagan and Johnny Coxie were a married couple who authorities say disappeared in 2015.
Sheriff Wright said Kohlhepp also confessed to killing four people at a motorcycle shop.
Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert were shot to death at Superbike Motorsports in November 2003.
Kohlhepp was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences. He was also sentenced to 30 years for first-degree and 30 years for criminal sexual conduct. All sentences run consecutively.
As part of the plea agreement, he’s expected to spend the rest of his life in the S.C. Department of Corrections with no chance of parole. He also can’t appeal.
If he escapes, the State reserves the right to re-sentence him and seek the death penalty.