Man accused of killing wife jailed on narcotics charges

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

Conway, SC - CONWAY,SC (WMBF) - A 53-year-old man accused of beating his wife to death in April has been arrested on narcotics charges, according to booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Daniel Monarch, of Conway, was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with possession of narcotics following a welfare check at his residence.

A police report reveals officers found Monarch sitting in a computer room with an empty bottle of pills in plain sight. Officers discovered a powdered substance, later identified as cocaine, inside the bottle.

As officers attempted to question Monarch, he was reported as being "unresponsive but conscious."

Monarch was transported to the Conway Medical Center for medical treatment and is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.

Monarch was previously arrested and charged with murder after the body of his wife was discovered in a ditch along New Road in Conway on April 14. The Horry County Crime Scene and Bloodhound Team located the body of Phyllis Monarch, 49, shortly after she was reported missing.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said an autopsy revealed Monarch's wife died from blunt trauma to the face and possible asphyxiation.

Monarch was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center after posting a $50,000 bond. He has been placed on house arrest and has been ordered not to contact the victim's family.

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