Irene Clodfelter

Irene Killen Clodfelter of Murrells Inlet

A missing Georgetown County man's wife who has been charged in connection with his death was out on bond Tuesday afternoon, records show.

Irene Killen Clodfelter of Murrells Inlet has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice in Georgetown County and desecration of human remains and accessory after the fact of murder in Horry County.

The woman's husband, 85-year-old Hubert Lee Clodfelter, was reported missing to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office in March. Authorities' investigation indicated his daughter had been unable to contact him for more than two years.

According to arrest warrants, Clodfelter told police she found the body of her dead husband beneath their beach home in Myrtle Beach in late May.

Purportedly believing her son was responsible for her spouse’s death, she tried to conceal the crime by placing the victim’s body in a plastic bag and taping the bag shut, the warrants said.

She admitted to tampering with the human remains and placing the body underneath the porch before leaving the scene.

“The victim had been reported missing out of Georgetown County and during the course of the investigation, the defendant did not disclose any information that was helpful to the investigation and also misled their investigation several times,” a warrant said. “During this time, [Irene Clodfelter] continued to receive money from the victim’s business that she used to support her lifestyle.”

The Horry County coroner's office is working to identify human remains found that might be connected to the case.

On Friday, police responded to Myrtle Beach Travel Park at 10108 Kings Road in relation to the investigation and located remains in a plastic bag.

Irene Clodfelter was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway Tuesday afternoon, online jail records show. 

Total bond was set at $100,000 for the Georgetown County charges and $150,000 for the Horry County charges.

Authorities continue to investigate.


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