CHARLESTON - Stuffed animals and the results of a polygraph test were in the boxes stacked in a driveway where she moved to escape a stalker. Now an 18-year-old woman fears that she isn't safe.
Charleston County sheriff's deputies are searching for Karl Leonard Ehrens, whom they describe as a former Medical University of South Carolina surgeon, on first-degree harassment charges.
Ehrens, 29, is described in a police report as 6 feet, 4 inches tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. The phone at his Bent Hickory Road address is not in service.
The woman found the three boxes July 20 in the driveway, the day she moved from her former address, according to a police affidavit and report.
She didn't pay attention to the boxes at first, but another resident at the house opened them when he saw them. The animals resembled the images of dolls embedded in Internet messages she received from Ehrens, she told police.
Also in the boxes was paperwork referring to the suspect being reinstated at MUSC and results indicating that he had passed a polygraph test.
"It was a chance meeting," sheriff's Maj. John Clark said. "It started out cordially, but it got to a point where he was hanging all the time. She became alarmed."
The harassment has continued through Facebook and other means, he said. The woman has a restraining order against Ehrens, according to police.
She has filed a number of reports about being harassed repeatedly by him. She said the suspect is still making contact with her after being told she doesn't want contact with him.
To offer tips
People with information about Karl Leonard Ehrens are asked to call the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.