Two women described finding their father’s body underneath his home in a Myrtle Beach RV park during a bond hearing in Horry County on Tuesday. The man's wife faces charges in both Horry and Georgetown counties in connection to his death.
Hubert Lee Clodfelter, 85 and of Murrells Inlet, was reported missing by one of his daughters in March. Irene Clodfelter, 74, is charged with two counts of obstructing justice in Georgetown County, according to warrants. In Horry County, she is charged with accessory after the fact to a murder and desecration of human remains.
The Horry County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains as Hubert Clobfelter.
During Irene Clodfelter’s bond hearing, the two daughters were emotional while describing in vivid detail how they discovered their father’s body in a “garbage bag” on June 14 at the Myrtle Beach Travel Park where the Clodfelters have a beach house.
“His second, and third and future great-grandchildren will never know him,” one daughter said.
Officials said Irene Clodfelter is not the daughters' biological mother.
Warrants for Clodfelter say that around May 28, she found her husband's body under their home and believed her son was responsible for his death. In an effort to "conceal" the crime, she wrapped the body in plastic and left it under the porch. Clodfelter lied and misled investigators several times and, even after finding the body, used money from her husband's business "to support her lifestyle," according to the warrants.
The warrants also say Clodfelter confessed to her actions. Details of how or when Mr. Clodfelter died remained unclear as of Wednesday. The identity of the son Clodfelter referred to has not been released. The investigation is ongoing.
Mrs. Clodfelter’s bond in Horry County was set at $150,000 — she was released Tuesday after posting bail. She had posted bail for her charges in Georgetown County on Monday before being transferred to the Horry County jail.
Hubert Clodfelter was reported missing in March by one of his daughters, who lives in Florida. She told deputies she hadn’t heard from her father in two years. Clodfelter’s wife told investigators she last saw her husband in March of this year, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said.
An incident report says the daughter, Karen Chappell, told a deputy she tried to reach her father several times on his cell phone, but each call was answered by Mrs. Clodfelter, who always had an excuse for why Mr. Clodfelter wasn’t available, including that he was “on the run from law enforcement” or traveling in his RV.
Chappell said several of Clodfelter’s tenants and neighbors told her they had not seen or heard from him in about two years. Tenants said Mrs. Clodfelter had told them to start making rent checks payable to her.
Chappell came to Georgetown County on March 12 and spoke with Mrs. Clodfelter who said her husband was just in town over the weekend and that she did not want further house visits (welfare checks) done at her residence until after March 26 when she gets Mr. Clodfelter “to a boat in Florida.”
Chappell met with a deputy on March 14 to file a missing person report.