Former Charleston cop Dan Hiers, on the run for 17 years, removed from most wanted list | New
It has been nearly two decades since Daniel Hiers Jr.’s family has seen or heard of him.
The former Charleston police officer accused of killing his wife and sexually assaulting a child in 2005 is one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives – or at least he had been.
This summer, the US Marshals Service removed Hiers from its list of top 15 suspects it is pursuing.
“Hiers remains a wanted fugitive,” said Dave Oney, spokesman for the federal agency. “The case is no less important to the agency, but we wanted to make a vacancy for a case that could benefit from the attention the program provides.”
In July, the agency downgraded Hiers to a “major case” designation to make room for Michael Anthony Baltimore Jr., according to Oney. Baltimore is charged with shooting three people at a barber shop in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on May 22, 2021. One of the victims — a barber — died, the service’s wanted poster says.
But the death of one fugitive and the capture of another leaves two spots vacant among the 15.
In November, news outlets across the country reported that Frederick Cecil McLean – wanted for 16 years on child molestation charges in San Diego County – had been found dead at an upstate home, where he was living under an alias. This month, Raymond McLeod, a former Marine wanted in the death of his girlfriend in San Diego in 2016, was arrested in Central America, where he was teaching, according to reports.
The Marshals Service had planned to remove McLean from the list before his body was unexpectedly discovered, Oney said.
There have been few leads in Yesters’ case since 2005.
The most significant development occurred about four years ago, when Charleston television station WCSC reported that Hiers had been apprehended in China. But Oney said marshals were unable to confirm his arrest. Requests for information from the Chinese Embassy, located in Washington, DC, went unanswered.
“As far as I know, there have been no new developments since this information was reported,” Oney said.
Linda Hiers was surprised to learn that her son had been taken off the list.
“Something is wrong,” she said when reached by phone from her home in Hampton. “I’m at a loss for words.”
She declined to speak at length about the case or her son, but said the change in status with the marshals gave her more reason to doubt the allegations against him.
“He loved her,” Linda Hiers said of Dan and his wife, Mila, whom she still speaks fondly of.
Linda Hiers changed her Facebook profile picture in August to one of the couples laughing together on a couch. Out of focus, the photo appears to be of Christmas, an open present is resting on Mila’s lap. She wears black and red pajamas and looks at the camera with a wide smile. Dan has a hand on his shoulder, his eyes narrowed and his mouth open laughing. It captured a special memory, Linda Hiers said.
In the comments, she said, “I miss them both so much.”
Ludimila “Mila” Araujo was 15 and vacationing with friends in Miami when she met Hiers, then 22, according to The Post and Courier records.
In a 2005 interview with the newspaper, Mila’s sister, Alassandra Cohe de Araujo, said their father disapproved of the relationship because of the couple’s age difference, but he eventually relented and allowed the couple to move on. marry. She was 17 years old.
Allegations against the former attorney surfaced in November 2004, when North Charleston police accused him of sexually assaulting a girl he met in karate class.
Prior to the charges, Hiers had 11 years of experience working for three different law enforcement agencies in South Carolina, according to the US Marshals Service. This is one of the reasons cited by the agency for adding him to the most wanted list.
Hiers quit her job with the Charleston Police Department in January 2005 and worked in construction while Mila Hiers, rather than returning to her native Brazil as her father wanted, worked in the shoe department at Northwoods Mall Sears to help make ends meet.
On March 9, 2005, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office filed additional sexual assault charges against Hiers in connection with the same girl.
When he failed to attend MPs on March 15 and Mila failed to show up for work, Linda Hiers visited the couple’s home in Goose Creek. She called a neighbor, who found Mila’s body in the master bedroom.
Mila Hiers had been shot in the neck at close range while she slept. Investigators believe the 24-year-old woman died between 7 a.m. and noon. Neighbors told police they saw Dan Hiers leaving the house in the early afternoon.
The track went cold after authorities found his red 2005 Chevrolet Aveo in Texas, two miles from the Mexican border.