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Conway man charged in wife's death found dead inside their home

A Conway man, who faced charges in his wife’s death in April, was found dead inside his home during the weekend, according to authorities.

Daniel T. Monarch, 53, was found dead by a family member about 6 p.m. Friday inside his Conway home located Creel Street, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said.

It appears Monarch died from natural causes, but officials are awaiting toxicology results to confirm the cause of his death, Fowler said.

The toxicology tests will take about 120 days before results are available, Fowler said. Foul play is not suspected in Monarch’s death.

Monarch, 53, was indicted by an Horry County grand jury in August on murder and possession of powder cocaine charges, according to court records.

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.

The couple's daughter told police she spoke to her father at 2:30 p.m. Friday and he told her he was not feeling well, according to a Conway police report. She said she went to check on him at 6 p.m. and found him unresponsive in the bedroom.

Phyllis Monarch was found dead in a ditch off New Road about 1:30 p.m. April 14. About six hours earlier, Dan Monarch had 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 Monarchs' home on Creel Street in reference to a missing person, according to authorities.

Horry County's bloodhound team and crime scene team were called in to help 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 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.

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