US Marshals 15 runway cop, accused of molesting a minor and murdering his wife, caught after 13 years
The disgraced cop was on the run for almost 13 years before getting caught in China, where he was living under the identity of an English teacher.
A former US police officer on the run for almost 13 years from serious charges of molesting a 10-year-old girl and murdering his wife was apprehended finally in Shanghai in China, multiple reports claimed.
Daniel William Hiers was among US Marshals 15 most wanted, and the disgraced cop was was living under the identity of an English teacher in the Asian country.
“The U.S. Marshals Service is and has been aware of information being reported and re-reported in the news and on social media regarding 15 Most Wanted fugitive Dan Hiers,” The Daily Beast quoted the agency as saying. "We are fully engaged with our international partners on this matter. This is the only information we will be providing at this time.”
According to law enforcement authorities. Hiers has been on the lam after being charged on multiple instances, including sexual misconduct with a minor on two occasions, which ultimately led to his firing from the Charleston Police Department.
Following which, the former cop was supposed to surrender to the authorities.
Dan Hiers spent 13 years on the run after U.S. Marshals say he killed his wife and sexually molested a child.https://t.co/lBRmdpjjZ1— Eddie Du (@Edourdoo) September 21, 2018
But Hiers never surrendered and instead he is reported to have skipped town. The day he went missing, however, his wife was found murdered in their home with a gunshot to the head, which Police believe is Hiers' doing.
Subsequently, Hiers has been charged with murder by The Goose Creek Police Department.
In a 2005 statement, The US Marshals service said, "[Hiers] betrayed his badge in the worst way", referring to the instance when he misused his badge to get closer to a mother-daughter duo, and then allegedly molested the 10-year-old for months.
@john_walsh I know you have reported a lot on ex-officer dan hiers from SC, who’s wanted for the murder of his wife as well as child molestation. It’s being said he was caught is China. Do you know if that true? He was my middle & high school resource officer. Pure evil human!— Jessica Trstenjak (@JessTrstenjak) September 21, 2018
Hiers spotting in China was reported by local news outlets and Chinese social media. Apparently, the former cop was living disguised as an English teacher in a school in Shanghai.
According to a city blog, Shanghaiist, an ex-university student from China, who is now living in California recognized Hiers after coming across his details on the U.S. Marshals Service’s most wanted list.
“He’s one of the top 15,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals. “Those are always big.