Young cou­ple’s remains found on South Caro­li­na pro­per­ty of se­ri­al kil­ler

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA - Two bo­dies une­art­hed on the South Caro­li­na pro­per­ty of a sex of­fen­der who po­li­ce say has con­fes­sed to se­ven mur­ders ha­ve been iden­ti­fied as a hus­band and wi­fe re­por­ted mis­sing last De­cem­ber. The remains we­re dis­co­ver­ed on the grounds of 45-year-old Todd Kohl­hepp in the days af­ter po­li­ce freed a wo­man found chai­ned in­si­de a me­tal stor­a­ge con­tai­ner the­re. The bo­dies ha­ve been iden­ti­fied as mar­ried cou­ple Jo­h­n­ny Joe Coxie, 29, and Me­a­gan Leigh McCraw Coxie, 25, said Rusty Cle­ven­ger, Spar­tan­burg coun­ty’s co­ro­ner, at a me­dia con­fe­ren­ce. Pre­li­mi­na­ry au­top­sy re­sults show Me­a­gan Coxie died of a gunshot wound to the head and her hus­band of a gunshot wound to the tor­so. They had been bu­ried on Kohl­hepp’s pro­per­ty in Woo­druff for about 11 months, Cle­ven­ger said. They we­re iden­ti­fied through den­tal re­cords and “ex­ten­si­ve tat­toos” on both bo­dies, he said. Kohl­hepp, who wor­ked as a re­al es­ta­te agent, was ta­ken in­to cus­to­dy last week af­ter she­riff’s de­pu­ties heard ban­ging from the stor­a­ge con­tai­ner on his pro­per­ty and found 30-year-old Ka­la Brown in­si­de, chai­ned by the neck. Brown, who was re­por­ted mis­sing in Au­gust along with her li­ve-in boy­friend, Char­lie Car­ver, told au­tho­ri­ties that Kohl­hepp shot Car­ver dead in front of her and that four mo­re bo­dies might be bu­ried on the grounds.

The remains of Car­ver, 32, we­re found in a shal­low gra­ve on-si­te the fol­lo­wing day. Two mo­re bo­dies we­re dis­co­ver­ed in the en­suing in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on. Spar­tan­burg coun­ty she­riff Chuck Wright has said Kohl­hepp con­fes­sed to four pre­vious­ly un­sol­ved kil­lings at a mo­tor­cy­cle shop 13 ye­ars ago and so may ul­ti­ma­te­ly be lin­ked to as ma­ny as se­ven mur­ders. Kohl­hepp, who has not yet re­tai­ned an at­tor­ney, has so far been char­ged with four counts of mur­der and de­nied bail. (The­gu­ar­di­

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