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Solicitor: Kidnapping victim saw sex offender shoot boyfriend

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Kohlhepp in bond court. (Nov. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina) Kohlhepp in bond court. (Nov. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Kohlhepp in bond court. (Nov. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina) Kohlhepp in bond court. (Nov. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Kala Brown and Charlie Carver (Source: Family) Kala Brown and Charlie Carver (Source: Family)
Todd Kohlhepp (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention) Todd Kohlhepp (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Todd Kohlhepp appeared in bond court on Friday for a kidnapping charge after a woman was found chained up by her neck on his property.

At the hearing, Solicitor Barry Barnette described 45-year-old Kohlhepp as a "very, very dangerous individual."

Kohlhepp, who is a registered sex offender and described as displaying violent behavior since youth, is accused of keeping 30-year-old Anderson woman Kala Brown chained up "like a dog" in a storage container on his land in Woodruff. The solicitor described the property as a "compound" with chains and firearms, including an assault rifle and two 9 mm handguns.

The amount of ammunition uncovered that the property was "unbelievable," he said.

During Friday's hearing, Barnette said Brown was found chained by her neck and ankles, requiring first responders to go through multiple locks to rescue her. She was located after investigators said her cell phone pinged a tower near Wofford Road. The last contact Brown had was with Kohlhepp to discuss plans to meet him, the solicitor revealed in court.

A spokesperson for the family of Brown's boyfriend, Charlie Carver, said the couple met Kohlhepp online and were casual friends with him. Carver has not been found.

Brown reportedly told investigators she saw Kohlhepp shoot Carver, according to the solicitor. On Friday, the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office will called out to the scene where Brown was held hostage due to the discovery of a body in a shallow grave. The remains have not yet been identified.

In light of the grisly discovery, Spartanburg County sheriff Chuck Wright said all missing persons cases in the county are being reopened.

No bond was set for Kohlhepp on the kidnapping charge. His first court appearance will be in General Sessions on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.

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