SC man accused of killing wife found dead in his home

Daniel Monarch (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Daniel Monarch (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A 54-year-old man accused of beating his wife to death has been found dead in his home.

Catina Hipp, spokeswoman for the Conway Police Department said Daniel Monarch was found dead around 6 p.m. Friday night by his daughter.

The Horry County Coroner's Office said after an autopsy, preliminary results indicated Monarch died of natural causes. Results from a toxicology test will take three to four months.

On April 14, the body of Phyllis Monarch, 49, was found in a ditch along New Road in Conway shortly after she had been reported missing.

An autopsy revealed she died from blunt trauma to the face and possible asphyxiation, according to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Daniel Monarch had been arrested for the murder of his wife and was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center after posting a $50,000 bond. He was then placed on house arrest and ordered not to contact the victim's family.

During a welfare check at Monarch's residents on May 29, officers found Monarch sitting in a computer room with an empty bottle of pills in plain sight. Upon further investigation, officers discovered a powdered substance which was later identified as cocaine inside the bottle.

Officers said Monarch was "unresponsive but conscious" when they attempted to question him.

He was arrested and transported to the Conway Medical Center for medical treatment before being taken to J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Monarch was released May 31 after paying a $2,000 bond.

Both the Conway Police Department and the Horry County Coroner's Office believe there is no indication of foul play at this time in Monarch's death.

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