Coroner: Conway woman beaten to death

Phyllis Monarch (Source: Horry Independent)
Phyllis Monarch (Source: Horry Independent)
Dan Monarch (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Dan Monarch (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - An autopsy Thursday revealed a woman whose body was found Wednesday afternoon died from blunt trauma to the face and possible asphyxiation, according to the Horry County coroner.

Coroner Robert Edge confirmed Thursday that Phyllis Monarch, 49, died of injuries to the face and head, and that she may have been suffocated Wednesday.

The Horry County Crime Scene and Bloodhound Team located the body of Monarch in a ditch off of New Road around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Conway Police spokeswoman Catina Hipp.

Monarch's husband, Dan Monarch, 53, of Conway, has been charged with murder in connection to her death.

Dan Monarch will appear before a solicitor on June 11. Monarch is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Kim T. Hutchens, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Waccamaw Bank, confirmed Monarch was a Waccamaw Bank employee. Hutchens says Monarch worked as a customer service representative at the bank's Socastee office on Dick Pond Road, and that she was a no-show on Wednesday.

Neighbors that live near the Monarch's on Creel Street say they're shocked by the news of the murder.

"I'm just very upset. I'm shocked," said Michelle Calhoun, who lives across the street from the Monarchs' Conway home. "We have such a great little neighborhood here."

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