Human remains found at a home in Myrtle Beach Travel Park have been identified as Hubert Lee Clodfelter, authorities said.
The 85-year-old Murrells Inlet man was reported missing to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office in March.
The man’s wife, Irene Killen Clodfelter, 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. She was out on bond Tuesday afternoon.
The identification of the body was done through dental records, Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy said Wednesday in a news release.
The investigation indicated the man’s daughter had been unable to contact him for more than two years.
On June 14, police responded to Myrtle Beach Travel Park at 10108 Kings Road and located human remains in a plastic bag.
According to arrest warrants, Irene Killen 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.”
Irene Killen 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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