Police Officer Has Been Fugitive For Over 10 Years After Killing Black Wife, Molesting Daughter
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Watch Dateline report on one of America's most wanted fugitives, who has been on the run for over a decade.
Linda Hiers hasn’t heard from her oldest son in 10 years.
Her gut tells her he’s dead. And though it pains the Hampton woman to say so, she believes he may be better off.
Daniel William Hiers Jr., a former Charleston police officer, disappeared the day he was scheduled to surrender to Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies on charges he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl.
A search March 15, 2005, of Daniel Hiers’ Goose Creek home revealed the body of his wife, Ludimila.The woman, a 24-year-old Brazilian native known as “Mila” to her friends and family, was shot in the back of her head at close range while she slept, Goose Creek police determined. Her husband was quickly named a suspect in her death.
After enduring a decade with no word from her now 42-year-old son, Linda Hiers didn’t hesitate when asked whether she still clings to hope that he’s alive.
“No. I hate to say that because that’s my child, but I don’t see how he can be,” she said.
The weight of prosecution, public scrutiny and a potentially lengthy prison sentence would be too much for her son or her family to bear, she said. It’s unlikely, she said, that he could have lived this long without leaving behind a paper trail.
“The way the media has portrayed this — put it out there that he’s a killer and a child molester — it’s probably better off that he isn’t alive,” she said.
His mother’s suspicions aside, Hiers remains among the top 15 fugitives wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service. He has charges pending with four different agencies, including two counts of committing a lewd act on a minor, first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
A trail left by Hiers turned cold after authorities located his red 2005 Chevrolet Aveo in Texas, two miles from the Mexican border.
The U.S. Marshals Service is leading an investigation to locate the wanted man. Repeated showings of his face and story on “America’s Most Wanted” produced multiple alleged sightings in Michigan, Colorado, Toronto and other areas. But the tips failed to result in his capture.
“Every single time there are leads that are generated, U.S. Deputy Marshal Dennis Suszko said of the showings, but “more often than not, it ends up being look-alikes.” -(Christina Elmore, Post and Courier)