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Bodies Found on South Carolina Property Belonged to Couple, Coroner Says

South Carolina State Rep. Bill Chumley
Richard Shiro—AP Duncan First Baptist church members,with South Carolina State Rep. Bill Chumley, hold a prayer service on Todd Kohlhepp's property in Woodruff, SC, on Nov. 7, 2016.

The coroner said the bodies were buried there for about a year

A coroner says two bodies that were found on the property of a South Carolina man linked to five other deaths were a couple who had been buried there for about a year.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Wednesday that one of the victims was a 25-year-old woman who appears to have died from a gunshot wound to the head and the other was her husband, a 29-year-old man who had a gunshot wound to his torso.

Last week, authorities searching the rural property found a woman alive and chained in a storage container. Investigators say they later found the woman’s boyfriend in a shallow grave.

Authorities say the property owner, Todd Kohlhepp, also has confessed to a quadruple killing at a motorcycle shop in 2003, linking him to seven deaths in all.

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