Kala Brown, the Anderson woman who survived being chained inside a storage container for two months, is beginning to recover physically, but has a long road ahead of her to deal with the emotional scars, her friend said Sunday.
"She is very fragile," Leah Miller, said Sunday. "We are just so grateful that she is alive, but we cannot imagine what she has witnessed and what she has endured."
Brown, 30, and her boyfriend, Charles David Carver, 32, shared an apartment in Anderson. They disappeared at the end of August. Her family and friends knew something was wrong when her beloved Pomeranian, Romeo, was found alone in the apartment without food or water.
Brown was found alive Thursday on a property in Woodruff. Carver's body was found on the same property Friday. Todd Kohlhepp, an Upstate real estate agent for whom Brown cleaned houses and cleared properties, has been charged in her kidnapping. Kohlhepp has also confessed to a quadruple homicide from 2003, according to investigators.
"Kala has just got the best heart in the world," Miller said. "She is so loving and so trusting, and I just don't know what he must have said to her."
Miller recalled that when she couldn't spend Mother's Day with her daughter, Brown took her to a concert to see her favorite band.
"That's just who she is," Miller said. "She is kind and giving. No one deserves the horror she has experienced."
Carver's mother, Claudia Joanne Shiflet, said Brown witnessed Carver being shot.
Brown attended Wren High School as a teen and also did a stint in the Army, according to her friend Lindsey Mayson. Miller believes Brown's military training may have helped her during her ordeal.
"I know that she just had to go to a place in her head and say,'I will survive this,'" Miller said. "She's going to have to keep telling herself that every day."