Third body found on property of S.C. murder suspect

WOODRUFF, S.C. — A third body was found Monday at the property near Woodruff where a kidnapped woman was rescued last week and investigators believe they have found all the bodies on the 95-acre property.

One body was found Sunday and another was found Monday. Both were removed from the property, authorities said.

"We can’t say if they are male or female," said Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. They were found close to each other and were at the two sites that Todd Kohlhepp indicated on Saturday.

Kohlhepp, 45, a real estate broker, pilot and convicted sex offender, was arrested and charged with kidnapping 30-year-old Kala Brown, who was found chained inside a storage building on the property Thursday.

Kohlhepp also has been charged with four counts of murder in the 2003 quadruple slayings at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee.

Clevenger said he will examine the bodies to determine how they died and would not go into their state of decomposition.

"At this time we don’t feel like there are any more bodies on this property," said Lt. Kevin Bobo, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The majority of the property has been searched, but investigators will be back on the site Tuesday, he said.

Kohlhepp initially refused to talk with investigators and asked for a lawyer, Bobo said. On Saturday, he "reinitiated contact with us and confessed to the Superbike murders," Bobo said.

"We can’t go into who the people are or if Kohlhepp identified the two people found Sunday and Monday," Bobo said. He has not confessed to any more killings, Bobo said.

USA TODAY


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