The two police officers that rescued kidnap victim Kala Brown from her captor's South Carolina farm have broken down while recalling the shocking discovery.
Detective Charlyn Ezell found Ms Brown on Todd Kohlhepp’s 100-acre property, two-months after she was locked up “like a dog” in a metal storage container.
“She just looked at me and said thank you so much for finding me,” an emotional Detective Ezell told ABC.
Ms Brown, who had been hired to clean the homes that Kohlhepp was selling, was last seen leaving a friend’s home with her boyfriend Charlie Carver on August 30.
Before she was imprisoned by the convicted sex offender, Ms Brown watched on as her boyfriend was gunned down. His body was later exhumed from a shallow grave.
“I think we all saw a lot of things that day that are going to stay with us,” Detective Bradley Whitfield said.
“It could be anybody’s child, anybody’s wife or husband. I wish we could have done more.”
Kohlhepp was swiftly arrested after Ms Brown was recovered, confessing to killing seven people, including four at a motorbike shop in 2003 and another couple in 2015.
"When I saw Kala, that was an amazing sight," Det Ezell told the Independent Mail.
"I told her mother later that it was almost as beautiful as if I were seeing my own child. To me, she was beautiful. I had cold chills."
Earlier this month, the bodies of Megan and Johnny Coxie were also found on Kohlhepp’s farm, riddled with bullet wounds and buried next to the same metal container where Brown was kept captive.
The couple were reported missing by Ms Coxie’s mother on December 22 and while police are yet to establish exactly when they were shot dead, Spartanburg coroner Rusty Clavenger said he believed the pair had been buried for at least 11-months.
“There were some parts of the bodies we were not able to recover. But I really don't want to get into that because there is an open investigation,” Mr Clavenger said.
The accused murderer led police to their shallow graves, where they identified the Coxies by dental records and their "excessive" number of tattoos.
The 25-year-old woman was found with a bullet wound in her head, while her 29-year-old husband had multiple bullet wounds in his torso.
While police refused to speculate on how the victims came across Kohlhepp or what his alleged motive to murder them was, they did disclose that the married couple had been arrested in the past and known to panhandle on the streets around Spartanburg.
“Both had history of pan handling… in an effort to make money," Spartanburg County Lieutenant Kevin Bobo said.
The 45-year-old Kohlhepp recently confessed to murdering four people in 2003 on the condition that he was allowed to see his mother and inform her first. He also requested money be withdrawn from his personal bank account to continue payment of a young woman’s college education.
Scott Waldrop, who's lived next door to the Woodruff property for nearly 22 years, said he thought Kohlhepp was a "serious Doomsday prepper" who liked his privacy, but "he didn't seem like a threat".
He added Kohlhepp paid him to put no trespassing signs, cut trees and do other odd jobs around the property. Kohlhepp also installed deer cameras and put bear traps throughout.
"I just hate to know somebody who's done something like this," he said.
Kohlhepp is a real estate broker, pilot and convicted sex offender.