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Daniel William HIERS, Jr. 

This individual is considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend this fugitive yourself. Report any information to the nearest USMS District Office or usms.wanted@usdoj.gov

 

Timeline of Events

  • On March 31, 2005, the Goose Creek, SC Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Hiers, alleging that he murdered his wife. 
  • March 26, 2005, Profiled on America's Most Wanted.
  • March 15, 2005, Wife found murdered.  Last seen driving a  red 2005 Chevrolet Aveo, SC Tag 486DEH.
  • March 9, 2005, Criminal Sexual Conduct With a Minor issued.
  • January 2005, Hiers resigned from his position as a School Resource Officer and began working for Banks Construction Company.
  • November 2004, North Charleston SC Police Department charged Hiers with Lewd Acts with a Minor in November of 2004.
  • Prior to November 2004,  Hiers is a former police officer who worked in three different jurisdictions in the state of South Carolina. Hiers has a total of 11 years of police experience.

 

Case Overview

Daniel William Hiers, Jr. seemed to be a good cop, a faithful public servant for the city of Charleston, South Carolina.  But, he betrayed his badge in the worst way, using it to gain the trust of a single mother with a young daughter, then allegedly molesting the 10-year-old child over a period of months. 

On November 24, 2004, Hiers, 32, was arrested by the North Charleston Police Department for committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 16 and was released on bond.  He was promptly suspended from the police force. 

The Dorchester County, SC Sheriff’s Department subsequently filed additional charges against Hiers for first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  Hiers was scheduled to surrender on those charges on March 15, 2005, but failed to meet his lawyer at the sheriff’s department.  When Hiers’ mother looked for him at his house, he was nowhere to be found.  What was found in Hiers’ bedroom was the body of his 24-year-old wife, Ludimila, killed with a gunshot to the head.  Neighbors observed Hiers leaving the house several hours before the gruesome discovery was made.  On March 31, 2005, the Goose Creek, SC Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Hiers, alleging that he murdered his wife.

Despite an intensive manhunt, South Carolina authorities have been unable to locate Hiers, and requested the assistance of “Operation Intercept”, a U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force.  The U.S. Marshals Service has obtained a federal warrant for Hiers for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. 

Hiers is described as a white male, age 32, 6’03”, 210 pounds with blues eyes and blond hair.  He has eleven years of police experience, is trained in the martial arts, and maintains a high level of fitness.  He is believed to be armed with a .40 caliber Glock pistol and may possess a bullet-resistant vest.  The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward for information directly leading to Hiers’ arrest.

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