SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. – Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger announced Wednesday that the second and third bodies found on Todd Kohlhepp’s property are Meagan Coxie, 25, and Johnny Coxie, 29. The married couple was reported missing from Spartanburg County in December 2015.
“I’m like everybody else. I have a lot of questions,” said Cassy Clary, who has known Meagan Coxie since they were kids. She said she last talked to her childhood friend two years ago, when Coxie raved about how in love she was with Johnny. The Sheriff’s Office says they have at least one shared child.
“They’d take off…they’d be gone for a little while and then I’d hear from them, then I wouldn’t…they liable to pop in. You just never know,” said friend Michael Motts. “We’d seen it on the news two bodies identified. But I didn’t know it was Johnny and Meagan. Whew…crazy.”
Their bodies were dug up earlier this week after Kohlhepp showed investigators where to find their graves. The coroner says they were buried for at least 11 months. The coroner says Meagan had been shot in the head, and Johnny shot in the stomach. Deputies also say that Kohlhepp identified who the graves belong to, but at this time they’re not sure how he knew the Coxies.
“It seems very surreal, like – that’s not what happened to Meagan,” said Clary. “Meagan was a good person. She did not deserve this. Meagan was a great friend, she was very loving. Meagan deserved more.”
Johnny Coxie’s family released this statement:
“The family is in shock, grieving, and are not comfortable talking to anyone at this time. They have asked for people to please try and understand and give them time to heal. They appreciate everyone’s love and concern.”
The sheriff’s office has not charged Todd Kohlhepp for the deaths of the three people found buried on his property. They say investigators will take their time building a case before issuing warrants,since Kohlhepp will remain in jail.
Deputies say the couple had a history of panhandling around I-26, and had been released from jail the month they went missing.