Loved ones of Kala Brown and Charlie Carver hadn’t heard from the South Carolina couple in nearly two months. No sightings, phone calls, or emails. Nothing.
Shortly after the pair disappeared, an announcement that they had gotten married was posted to Carver’s Facebook page on Sept. 1.
People magazine reported that a week after the aforementioned post, a message was posted to the account stating the couple was fine, which has since been removed.
Shortly after that, content flooded Carver’s timeline—memes, stories about missing people, comic art, violent images, and news stories about the missing couple.
“Sometimes late at night I dig a hole in the backyard to keep the nosy neighbor’s guessing,” read a meme. Another read, “I wonder if I said hello, how many people would say it back? Let’s try it—Hello…”
The family deemed the recent activity strange, considering Carver wasn’t an active user on the social media platform. Prior to the Sept. 1 posting, he had last posted content on Aug. 5, and before that July 20.
In addition, they said the recent uploads are uncharacteristic of Carver and said such posts could mislead others into believing the couple are accounted for.
The families of both Carver and Brown are adamant their accounts have been hacked, saying photos the user uploaded, while claiming they are recent, were actually posted more than a year ago. Carver’s mother, Joanne Shiflet, said the wording doesn’t sound anything like her son.
“It’s getting people thinking they are found, but they are not,” Shiflet said in a recent interview with Dateline.
Brown was last seen on the night of Aug. 29 when she had dinner with a friend at the couple’s residence. Text message correspondences between friends and Brown abruptly ended on Aug. 31, which is the last day Carver was seen, as surveillance footage captured him leaving his place of employment. Both of their phones have either died or turned off.
After nobody having heard from the pair in a few days, a wellness check was conducted by the apartment’s manager. The door to their place was unlocked and Brown’s Pomeranian dog was seen wandering around without any water or food. Some medication had also been left behind, as well as Brown’s glasses and contact lenses, relatives said.
Her vehicle was in the parking lot, but Carver’s white 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix with license plate HWY224 was missing, and has yet to be recovered.
The Anderson Police Department is investigating the disappearance and have not ruled out foul play.
“We tracked down the leads we had, but there isn’t very much,” Lt. Mike Aikens told Dateline. “We just want to make sure they are OK, because it has been some time.”
Facebook users have commented under several posts, inquiring about the whereabouts of the couple.
On Oct. 1, Tonya Lea Davis commented on the marriage announcement, ” Where the hell is Kala Brown???”, to which Charlie’s Facebook account responded, “kala is with her husband charlie.”
When Davis asked why Brown isn’t in touch with her loved ones, the Facebook account stated that Brown doesn’t want to be in contact with her family and that “the poeple [sic] that need to know that we are okay know that.”
Dateline reported that Carver was in the middle of a divorce with another woman, which Carver’s Facebook account acknowledged.
“Charles Daivd [sic] Carver is not married to Nichole Ellen Carver any more. so yes i can get remarried,” the Facebook account responded to user Ronnie Lee, who said Carver couldn’t wed two women.
In another exchange with another Facebook user, the Facebook account stated that Brown and Carver once lived with them and that the purpose of the frequent posts was to offer help in finding the couple. In other posts, David appeared to write in third-person.
“There are so many people who are worried about them and love them,” Kala’s mother, Bobbie, said. “Whatever the problem, we’ll figure it out. No one here will judge them. We love them.”
Kala Brown is described as 5’8″, weighing 135 pounds with reddish-brown hair and green eyes; Charlie Carver is described as 5’11”, weighing roughly 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is urged to call the Anderson Police Department at (864) 260-4444