S.C. Serial Killer Charged With 4 Murders, Linked to 3 More

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Investigators digging at the scene where an alleged serial killer owned property located one body Sunday, says Spartanburg County, S.C., Sheriff Chuck Wright. The remains were found in a wooded area on the 95-acre property owned by Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, 45, who has been charged with four murders and may be linked to as many as three others,  reports the Greenville, S.C., News. “We can’t tell anything about the cause of death, gender or how long or any of that stuff,” said Wright. He said the search teams would be back on site Monday morning. The search for bodies has expanded to other properties tied to Kohlhepp, Wright said, though he declined to say where investigators were looking.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are providing assistance on site. The process of recovering the body has been meticulous, said Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. “You go to the point where they reference, where they tell you, and you very meticulously take off small layers of soil until you can identify potential for human remains,” he said. Experts meticulously dig around and underneath the body to preserve every bit of evidence possible, he said. Kohlhepp appeared in court on Sunday and was charged with four counts of murder for deaths at a motorcycle shop 13 years ago. A Spartanburg County Sheriff’s investigative report says Kohlhepp “confessed to investigators that he shot and killed” the motorcycle shop’s owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper, giving details only the killer would know, the Associated Press reports.

 

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