Update: Nov 2, 2016 Home News World news Missing persons Missing woman found 'chained like a dog' in metal box after disappearing with boyfriend two months ago
Kala Brown, 30, was discovered after cops heard banging coming from inside the container as they search a property
A woman who has been missing since August with her boyfriend has been found 'chained up like a dog' after being held captive, police have revealed.
Kala Brown, 30, and Charlie Carver, 32, disappeared on August 31st, sparking a huge search operation.
Police found Kala this morning while searching a home in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
Cops say she was being held against her will.
Officers searched the property and heard banging from inside a metal storage container, WYFF News reports.
Sheriff Chuck Wright said that information from a sex crime investigator led them to the property.
Sheriff Chuck Wright said Brown was “chained inside the container like a dog.”
Brown reportedly told officers that she had been held inside the container for two months.
She was chained around her neck, Sheriff Wright said, adding that she had been regularly fed.
He said it was by "the grace of God that she was found alive."
Chillingly, Brown revealed there may as many as FOUR bodies on the property.
Police are investigating whether a serial killer is connected to the case.
Police have arrested Todd Kohlhepp, who is reportedly a registered sex offender, in connection with the investigation.
Kohlepp will be charged with kidnapping, and other charges are possible, police revealed.
Cops are still searching for Brown's missing boyfriend Carver.
After Brown and Carver went missing in August, his parents found their apartment unlocked and Brown’s dog with no food or water.
Comments were reportedly posted on Carver's Facebook page in September that were “uncharacteristic of ones typically made by Charlie."
These included posts saying the couple was fine.
Carver’s car has not been found since the couple disappeared. (Update: His car was found on the property)
Couple missing AUG 31, 2016 from Anderson SC (with white Pontiac Grand Prix, SC Tag# HWY124)
Carver, 32, and Kala Brown, 30, have been missing since Aug. 31. Brown and Carver had been dating for several months and moved in together last summer. Carver was in the midst of getting a divorce.
The “Find Kala and Charlie” Facebook page says the couple was last seen Aug. 30 leaving a friend’s home in Anderson. Their families became concerned when they were unable to reach either of them by phone, with calls going directly to voicemail.
The last images of Carver are surveillance video from his workplace showing him leaving on Aug. 31.
The apartment that the couple shares was unlocked and Brown’s Pomeranian, Romeo, was found with no food or water, the post says.
"She wouldn't leave him” Newsom said. “She wouldn't leave him without food. She wouldn't leave him without water. That was her baby."
Family members told "Dateline" that some medication had also been left behind, along with Kala's glasses and contact lenses
There is no activity on Brown’s Facebook page, which is unusual for her, according to the post. It also says that though Carver is not typically active on Facebook, his profile picture was changed Sept. 6, and recent posts are “uncharacteristic of ones typically made by Charlie.”
Several postings on Carver’s Facebook page say the couple is fine and they simply left. The posts appeared after the couple was reported missing. Both Brown’s and Carver’s families said that they believe the Facebook account has been hacked. They said the photos that the person is using were posted more than a year ago, and the wording doesn’t sound like Carver.
"It's getting people thinking they are found, but they are not," Shiflet told "Dateline."
Newsom and Shiflet spent the weekend packing up their children’s apartment and putting their belongings in storage.
"You would never imagine this empty feeling,"Shiflet, Carver's mother, told "Dateline." "It's so much worse than you can think, not knowing."
"It's like you have a hot skillet, and they are two drops of water you put on it. They just disappear," Newsom told "Dateline." "It's not that they just haven't talked to their moms, no one has heard from them."
A friend of Brown’s told police that she had dinner with her Aug. 29 at her apartment in Anderson Crossing Apartments. She said she spoke to Brown the next day, but after a text on the morning of Aug. 31, all communication ceased. Police found Brown’s car in the parking lot of the complex. Investigators said Brown’s cellphone service provider said there had been no activity on the phone for 48 hours, and that they were unable to ping the phone.
Shiflet said that when she checked the apartment, it appeared no one had been there in a while.
"This is just so out of character for (Carver), so if anybody knows anything, please call and leave a tip. I'm begging you, please," Shiflet said. "It's the emptiest feeling I've ever had. It's like a constant pain in your head. Your arms feel like strings. You want to reach out, but there's nothing to hold on to because you're reaching for your son, and he's not there."
Carver drives a 2002 white Pontiac Grand Prix with South Carolina tag number HWY124, with an LSU decal and possibly a Palmetto flag on the back window. The car has not been located.
Friends and family have passed out and posted fliers in the hopes that they will help the investigation.
Both Brown’s friend and Carver’s mother told police someone the couple knows has “given them problems before.”
Lt. Mike Aikens told "Dateline" that Anderson police detectives are investigating, but there are few clues.
"We tracked down the leads we had, but there isn't very much," Aikens said. "We just want to make sure they are OK, because it has been some time."
Foul play has not been ruled out in the case, according to police.
Family members say that, no matter the circumstances, they want to be sure Brown and Carver are safe.
"There are so many people who are worried about them and love them," Shiflet told "Dateline." "Whatever the problem, we'll figure it out. No one here will judge them. We love them."
Anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts, is asked to call Anderson police at 864-260-4444, or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.