The Investigations Process:
Once a uniformed deputy takes the initial criminal complaint the officer usually follows-up the case as far as time permits since the first two hours are the best time to solve the case. The Investigators then conduct the follow-up investigation. Investigators also prepare affidavits for arrest warrants, search warrants, interview victims, witnesses, and suspects, liason with other agencies and perform many other related duties. Investigators are ultimately responsible for the evidence collected by the entire Sheriff's Office and maintain the integrity of the evidence until it is needed in court and or it is ordered to be destroyed.
Lt. Eric Friedrich is the Chief Criminal Investigator for the Sheriff's Office. He started his service with the Sheriff's Office in 1988 he worked in the Jail Division, Patrol Division then was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division in 1994 and later promoted to Sergeant. Friedrich is a former Missouri State Certified Fire Investigator and has specialized training in Interview and interrogations, Counter Drug Special Response Tactical Training by the U.S. Army Military Police, and special weapons training in H&K Automatic Weapons. He supervises three criminal investigators in their daily work and oversees patrol and jail investigations. He also conducts Professional Standards Investigations for the Office. Lt. Friedrich was promoted to Lieutenant on January 01, 2014. He serves on the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case as an investigator.
Sgt. Travis Sikes is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Sikes graduated from the Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy in November 1993. He also worked for the Cape Girardeau Police Department Reserve Unit from November 1993 - December 1994.
Sikes began his service at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office on December 27, 1994 when he was assigned to the jail division. His general duties included processing jail inmates in and out of the detention facility, transports for medical, dental, and transporting prisoners to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
In February 1996, Deputy Sikes was reassigned to the patrol division where he worked many times as the only Deputy Sheriff on duty at the time.
In May 1999, Deputy Sikes was promoted to an Investigator in the Criminal Investigative Division. His general duties include conducting follow-up investigations of all crimes and assisting the Patrol Division in responding to major crimes. Detective Sikes conducts professional standards investigations as assigned and oversees the evidence collection and preservation for the Office.
Investigator Sikes was assigned to serve on the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad in 1999 and is still serving as a seasoned Investigator for the squad today. He is an Investigator for the squad and Interviews witnesses and suspects and collects evidence as assigned. Sikes has specialized training in interviews and interrogations.
Corporal James (Jamie) Malugen started his service in 1993 graduating from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy then went to work for a while with the Washington County Missouri, Prosecuting Attorney's Office as a special investigator for Domestic Violence and Child and Sexual Abuse cases. Malugen then worked for a while with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety as a Dare Officer. Malugen is now a special Investigator assigned to the criminal division as of February 2006 primarily for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Investigations. He has special training in all aspects of crimes against the family. Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse are priority investigations taken very seriously by the Sheriff. Malugen is assigned full time to investigate these offenses.
The Criminal Division is responsible for the follow up investigation of all criminal offenses reported to the sheriff's office by the public and other agencies. Felony crimes are given the most attention by this division. Most of the misdemeanor cases are worked as far as possible by the patrol officer as he/she takes the initial complaint.
Investigator Jaime Holloway
Is currently assigned as the Domestic Violence Investigator with the Sheriff's Office and handles the Domestic Violence and Sexual and Child Abuse cases.