Police work to see if local missing persons case connected to suspected SC killer

FOX 46 Charlotte has been following the bizarre case out of Spartanburg County, South Carolina that first broke last week when the Sheriff's Office found a woman alive who was chained up like a dog for months in a metal storage container. 

Since then, the sheriff said bodies have been found buried on the suspect's property in South Carolina. He said the investigation has now moved beyond state lines. 

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A source told FOX 46 Charlotte the Cleveland County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office has contacted the Spartanburg County, South Carolina Sheriff's Office to figure out if a missing persons case is connected to suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp. 

The source said at this point Cleveland County investigators do not have any indication there's a tie but they want to make sure. 

The sheriff in Spartanburg County said three bodies have now been found on Kohlhepp's 100 acre property in Woodruff, South Carolina. 

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"There's supposed to be one more down here, but we're going to keep searching until we're positive that's it," Sheriff Chuck Wright said. 

The South Carolina case breaking wide open last week after the sheriff said investigators found Kayla Brown, who had been missing, chained up on Kohlhepp's property. The sheriff said that Brown had been held captive for two months in a metal storage container. 

Investigators later found the body of Brown's boyfriend in a shallow grave on Kohlhepp's property. 

Over the weekend, the sheriff said Kohlhepp made a shocking confession in a 13-year-old case. According to the sheriff, Kohlhepp admitted to killing four people at a motorcycle shop in Spartanburg County in 2003. 

"It seems like they've been gone forever. You've gotten away with 13 years, why would you confess now?" 

A victim's family member shocked by the news. 

"To hear the investigators that had been working tirelessly, the guys on the ground. One investigator said they'd been doing this for 27 years and I've never seen anything unfold like this," Tom Lucas, father of murder victim, said. 

FOX 46 Charlotte checked with the local FBI Office in Charlotte. They said they are not aware of any North Carolina ties to the Kohlhepp case at this point.