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Conway man indicted in death of wife

A Conway man was indicted on charges of murder and drug possession in connection with his wife’s death in April, according to court records.

Daniel T. Monarch, 53, was indicted on murder and possession of powder cocaine, according to grand jury indictments.

Monarch was arrested in April and charged with murder in the death of his 49-year-old wife, Phyllis Monarch. The indictment showed she died from blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Phyllis Monarch was found dead in a ditch off New Road about 1:30 p.m. April 14 after she was reported missing about six hours earlier. Dan Monarch told police his wife had gone running that morning and did not return home.

Police said Phyllis Monarch's employer placed the initial call to police around 9 a.m. April 14 and Conway police officers were dispatched to the Monarch's home on Creel Street in reference to a missing person, according to authorities. Horry County Crime Scene and bloodhound team were called in to assist in the search and later found her body.

Dan Monarch was released April 27 on $50,000 bail, but police returned to his home about 6:15 p.m. May 29, and charged him with drug possession.

Conway police said a neighbor told officers he had become concerned for Daniel Monarch’s well being after Monarch’s daughter told him she had been unable to contact her father and was worried about him.

The neighbor told police he found the front door of the home open and Monarch was inside a computer room, but not aware of what was going on, according to authorities. Police found a pill bottle in that room that had a white powder substance inside it, which tested positive for cocaine.