Ex-Charleston cop still wanted for wife's murder

Published: Mar. 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM EDT
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Daniel Hiers (Source: US Marshals Office)
Daniel Hiers (Source: US Marshals Office)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - It has been seven years since former Charleston Police Department officer Daniel Hiers vanished after accusation that he killed his wife. Authorities say Hiers shot and killed his wife, Ludimila Hiers, in the couple's Goose Creek home in March 2005.

Hiers first began popping up on the wrong side of the law on Nov. 24, 2004, when he 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 Sheriff's Office then 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, she found Ludimila Hiers dead from a gunshot to the head.

Neighbors observed Hiers leaving the house several hours before the gruesome discovery was made. On March 31, 2005, Goose Creek police obtained an arrest warrant for Hiers.

Since then, Daniel Hiers has been featured on America's Most Wanted and he is on the U.S. Marshals list of the 15 most wanted fugitives.

Police found his wife's car outside of Laredo, Texas, which borders Mexico, one month after the murder.

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.

"It is especially abhorrent when individuals sworn to uphold the law commit such crimes. We will remain focused on seeing that this fugitive is brought to justice," said Marshals Service Director Benigno Reyna.

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