SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A search for two bodies possibly buried on the side of a highway after serial killer Todd Kohlhepp told someone that’s where he hid more victims has ended after deputies said nothing was found.
On Wednesday morning, Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies and volunteers used cadaver dogs to search a wooded area in Enoree.
Kohlhepp pleaded guilty in May 2017 to murdering seven people.
Sheriff Chuck Wright said Kohlhepp alleged to someone that there are two more victims in an area off Interstate 26.
“He is a serial killer,” Sheriff Wright told reporters on Wednesday morning.
Wright added that he was obligated to see if there are more victims and deputies would do their best to find them.
Sheriff Wright said he was frustrated by a lack of evidence, but said investigators received a credible tip that Kohlhepp told someone he buried two more victims on the side of Interstate 26 in 2003.
Sheriff Wright said it’s a wooded, secluded area.
“We haven’t been able to corroborate any missing persons around the time frames and we went back a few years before that to make sure he didn’t mistake the times. We just haven’t been able to corroborate a lot of his story.”
Kohlhepp is serving seven life sentences after confessing to burying three murder victims on his Woodruff property in 2016 and shooting four others at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee in 2003.
It wasn’t until deputies found kidnapping victim Kala Brown locked in a shipping container on Kohlhepp’s 100-acre property that the truth finally came out.
“I pray that he will get his life right with Jesus Christ and come clean to some people and help them start the healing process too,” Sheriff Wright said.
Sheriff Wright said the search was called off around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday after deputies did not find anything in the area.
The following statement was issued Wednesday afternoon by the sheriff’s office:
When Todd Kohlhepp was arrested in November, 2016, he made vague statements to our investigators about committing 2 homicides prior to the Superbike incident. At that time, we researched his statement and found no evidence to support his claim.
Since his incarceration at the SC Department of Corrections, he made that same claim to a production company that is filing a documentary about his crimes, but his account to that company differed in some details and also included possible locations of these 2 alleged victims.
Last week, 2 of our investigators went to the Department of Corrections and interviewed Kohlhepp. Some of the details he shared with our investigators differed from what he had shared with the production company; specifically that the victims were buried in one location as opposed to two different ones. Those investigators asked Kohlhepp if he would be willing to show us the location of these 2 alleged victims. Todd Kohlhepp declined that request.
Monday and Tuesday, our investigators met with the production company and compared notes to see what was consistent in Kohlhepp’s claims and what wasn’t. That additional research led to numerous deputies and cadaver dogs searching a wooded area at the dead end of a frontage road at Hwy. 92 and I-26 in Enoree, SC.
Again, we didn’t find any evidence to support his claim. At present, there aren’t any plans to go back to the site tomorrow, and that lead will be suspended until Kohlhepp decides to share more detailed information that can be verified.
Investigation Discovery officials issued a statement on Wednesday:
“We are currently on the ground filming an exclusive documentary series about Todd Kohlhepp, airing next year on the true crime and justice channel, Investigation Discovery (ID). As this is an active investigation, we are working closely with law enforcement to be completely transparent with our information and filming only within their specified parameters.”
–Maria Awes, Senior Vice President, Committee Films