Undressed woman found dead in crashed car off Forestbrook Road, authorities investigating

A woman wearing only underwear was found dead in the passenger seat of a crashed car on Limerick Road, just off of Forestbrook Road, Friday morning.

The woman was identified as Mary Catherine Polk, 45, of Little River, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden. Polk died from injuries sustained during the crash, McSpadden said.

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers and Horry County police were on the scene, and the driver of the car is “nowhere to be found,” Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police, said.

Highway patrol troopers called Horry County police when they found the woman, and officers are investigating to determine if there has been any foul play.

Horry County police searched the area for the driver with their dog tracking team.

The incident is still being treated as a traffic fatality, but that could change when the woman’s cause of death is determined, Denis said.

The initial call about the crashed car came in at 6:17 a.m., according to the highway patrol website.