(WOODRUFF, S.C.) — A husband and wife have been identified as the second and third bodies found at the Woodruff, South Carolina, property of suspected killer Todd Kohlhepp, according to the Spartanburg County coroner.
The victims were identified as 25-year-old Meagan Leigh McCraw Coxie and Johnny Joe Coxie, Coroner Rusty Clevenger said at a news conference Wednesday. They were both killed by gunshot wounds — McCraw Coxie to the head and Coxie to the torso, Clevenger said. Their deaths were ruled homicides, Clevenger said.
The husband and wife were the second and third bodies found on Kohlhepp’s property. The first body was found on the property Saturday, days after missing woman Kala Brown was discovered chained up and locked in a metal container there. That body was identified as Brown’s boyfriend Charles Carver, officials said. The second body, which was found on Sunday, and the third body, found on Monday, were both removed from the site on Monday, according to officials.
Kohlhepp was taken into custody Thursday morning after a tip had led investigators to his large plot of land in Woodruff. There they found Brown, who had been missing for two months, with a chain around her neck inside a metal storage container measuring about 30 feet by 15 feet. Brown, 30, was being held against her will inside, “chained up like a dog,” Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said. Brown has since been released from the hosital, where she was taken after she was found, he said.
When Kohlhepp was taken back to his property by authorities Saturday, he mentioned both Coxie and McCraw Coxie by name, Lt. Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Clevenger said Wednesday that the married couple’s graves were not far from the container where Brown was kept.
Clevenger said Wednesday that McCraw Coxie’s mother reported her missing on Dec. 22, 2015. The couple, who lived in Spartanburg, had recently gotten out of jail then and had a history of panhandling, Clevenger said.
Clevenger said the couple had a child who has been accounted for.
Authorities said Wednesday they believe they have found all of the bodies on Kohlhepp’s property.
After Kohlhepp was charged with Brown’s kidnapping, he allegedly confessed to killing four people 13 years ago in a South Carolina town. Kohlhepp was charged with four counts of murder in the 2003 killings as well. On Sunday, he was denied bond in a South Carolina court. It’s possible that the number of charges against Kohlhepp will increase as police continue to investigate, prosecutors said.
It’s not clear whether Kohlhepp has entered a plea to any of the charges against him. ABC News has not been able to determine whether he has a lawyer.
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