Crime

Woman Held Captive, 'Chained Like A Dog' For Two Months

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A South Carolina woman who was chained and held captive with her boyfriend will give her first public interview in two episodes of "Dr. Phil" on Feb. 13 and 14.

Authorities found Kala Brown, 30, in a storage container on a Spartanburg County property in November 2016, WYFF reported. She and her boyfriend Charlie Carver, 32, were reported missing on August 31.

Brown had been held captive and "chained like a dog" since she went missing, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said. She told investigators the chain had been around her neck for two months.

When deputies were searching the property and heard banging inside a metal storage container, they investigated the noise and found Brown. Information from a sex crime investigation led investigators to the property, according to Wright.

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"It was pretty emotional, to say the least, when she was found -- especially when she was chained like a dog," Wright said. "She had a chain around her neck. It’s only by God’s grace we found that little girl alive."

Todd Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender, is charged with her kidnapping.

Brown told investigators that Kohlhepp may have bodies, including Carver's, on his property.

Authorities later charged Kohlhepp with killing seven people. Police say he murdered four of them at a Spartanburg County motorcycle shop in 2003, and three others at his home in 2016, The Post and Courier reports.

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In Brown's interview with Dr. Phil, she will reportedly reveal what happened during the two months she was held captive, and discuss "her claims that she witnessed [Kohlhepp] brutally murder [Carver]."

"No matter what he did to me, he did not break me," Brown says in the interview, according to the show's website. "He cannot destroy me and I won."

Brown filed a personal injury lawsuit against Kohlhepp, according to The Post and Courier, and Carver's estate filed a wrongful death suit against the alleged murderer.

Sources: The Post and Courier, "Dr. Phil", WYFF / Photo credit: "Dr. Phil"

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