The Latest: Kidnapping put suspect on sex offender registry

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Posted: Nov 04, 2016 12:40 PM
The Latest: Kidnapping put suspect on sex offender registry

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation after a missing woman was found chained inside a storage container (all times local):

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12:40 p.m.

The man accused of chaining a South Carolina woman was convicted of a 1986 kidnapping in Arizona that landed him on the sex offender registry.

South Carolina's sex offender registry lists the Arizona offense as the reason Todd Kohlhepp is in the database of sex offenders. It indicates he was a juvenile offender, convicted in 1987 when he was a teenager.

Matching online prison records from Arizona show that Kohlhepp served about 14 years for the felony and was released in 2001.

The Arizona records show the kidnapping happened in November 1986 in the Phoenix area.

The records don't elaborate on the crime, but do list some violations while in prison.

The records say he destroyed property and fought on a number of occasions while incarcerated in 1991 and 1988.

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12:25 p.m.

A South Carolina coroner says he's been called to the scene where a missing woman was found chained inside a large storage container.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger confirmed in an email that he's at property near Woodruff where a woman was found Thursday after deputies got a tip from police investigating the disappearance of an Anderson couple.

Clevenger said he could not immediately talk about the situation.

Sheriff Chuck Wright said the woman told investigators there could be as many as four bodies on the property.

Forty-five-year-old Todd Christopher Kohlhepp of Moore has been charged with kidnapping. He was arrested at his home after the woman was found. He has a bond hearing scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday.

The woman's boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver, remains missing.

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7:30 a.m.

A South Carolina man arrested after a woman was found chained inside a large storage container on his rural property is set to go before a judge.

A hearing was expected Friday afternoon for 45-year-old Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender who owned the land where the woman was found Thursday.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said the woman had disappeared in late August. She was found "chained up like a dog" inside a container that was about 30 feet by 15 feet. She told deputies other women might be on the property and the search for possible victims resumed Friday.

The woman's boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver, is still missing.

The woman told deputies she had been kept in the container for two months and had been fed regularly.