Lowcountry Cold Case: Where is Daniel William Hiers?

Lowcountry Cold Case

CHARLESTON S.C. (WCBD) – Daniel William Hiers was a police officer in South Carolina, working throughout three different jurisdictions over 11 years.

His last position was as a School Resource Officer with the City of Charleston.  

In November of 2004, Hiers’ time serving on the blue line was cut short, when he came under investigation for committing lewd acts on a minor.

Hiers was suspended from the Charleston Police Department during the investigation.

The charges bore out and Hiers was subsequently arrested by the North Charleston Police Department.

In January of 2005, Hiers officially resigned from the force.

In March of 2005, more charges were brought against Hiers by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

On March 15, Hiers was scheduled to surrender himself to authorities. When he failed to show, his mother went to his home to check on him.

Inside, Hiers’ mother found his once child bride wife, Ludimila, dead from a gunshot wound to the back of the head; there was no sign of Hiers.

Hiers had fled.

A statewide search for Hiers ensued, which soon transpired into a national search.

Sightings of Hiers and his red 2005 Chevy Aveo flooded in, from Canada to Massachusetts—none of which substantiated.

There was a possibility he may run and talk with some of his friends. They said there was a possibility that they thought he would try and leave the country.

Officer David Soderbrug, Goose Creek PD

On June 20, 2005, Hiers’ red Aveo was found parked near a hospital, miles from the boarder of Laredo Texas.

Police believe the car had been sitting there since at least April 10, 2005.

The search for Hiers would soon went cold. For over a decade, the investigation idled.

In September of 2018, a tip from Shanghai revitalized efforts. A post on a social media site claimed that Hiers was in China, working as an English teacher.

Other posts alleged that Hiers was incarcerated in China. A man who claims to have been an inmate alongside Hiers posted on a popular social media forum, saying that Hiers was only arrested for illegal entry. In China, an illegal entry charge carries a one-year sentence.

If the alleged arrest did take place in 2018, Hiers would be out of jail as of today.

It is critical to note that none of these reports have been confirmed.

According to US Marshal Thomas Griffin, Hiers is still listed as a US Marshal Service Top 15 Most Wanted, and they will ensure eventual justice in the District of South Carolina.  

With the case still active, the questions remain.

Charlie Condon, the former S.C. Attorney General and 9th Circuit Solicitor, believes the public deserves answers:

If he’s been released, that’s information; if they know where he might have been sent to, so to speak. Is he locked up still? I think these are questions that are very legitimate. It’s not a matter of law here at this point in time, it’s a matter really of courtesy. So it’s a courtesy to the American government, really to the people of South Carolina and more specifically to the folks here in the LowCountry, to let us know where he is… We’d like to make sure that he has his charges and that’s all we’re asking for.

CHARLIE CONDON, PRIVATE PRACTICE

After the interview, Condon went on to ask for the help of Governor McMaster in composing a letter to President Trump, urging him to effort to consider intervening.

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