Crime

Human remains possibly tied to missing elderly man case, police investigating

Horry County officials are working to identify remains they say may be tied to their investigation in a recent missing person’s case.

Horry police responded to the Myrtle Beach Travel Park on Friday and found remains in a plastic bag, according to a police report. The park is off Kings Road near Lake Arrowhead Road.

The police report lists the crime as murder.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office is investigating the remains and is expected to release more information.

Police say the investigation is tied to the disappearance of Hubert Lee Clodfelter of Murrells Inlet. Police arrested his wife, Irene Clodfelter, 74, early Saturday morning and charged her with two counts of obstructing justice after she told authorities she last saw her husband in March. She is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Hubert Clodfelter’s daughter reported to the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office that she had not heard from Hubert in two years. She said she tried to contact him several times, but Irene would answer his cellphone, according to a police report.

The daughter said Irene had an excuse for her husband’s whereabouts, such as he was on the run from police or traveling in his RV, according to the report.

Several of Hubert’s neighbors told police they had not seen him in about two years.

The residence where the remains were found sat quiet on Monday afternoon. Several neighbors declined to talk to The Sun News. The well-kept house sits in part of the development called Lake Park. Myrtle Beach Travel Park is mostly comprised of vacation rentals and campers.

The Clodfelters lived in an upscale development in Murrells Inlet. Neighbor Melanie Emery said her family believes they saw Hubert in the last six months but wasn’t sure. Their families once exchanged Christmas cookies and waves when they saw each other.

“They were really nice,” Emery said.

One day last week when the Emerys returned home, the children noticed a dozen police vehicles at the Clodfelters’ home, Emery said. Authorities did not provide much information about the investigation. Then, over the weekend, Emery saw news reports of Irene’s arrest.

“I’m in shock,” she said, “I really am.”

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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