Silvaggio Investigations, LLC                      When It Is Time To Take Back YOUR Life.

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Our Team


April M. Silvaggio

Private Investigator & Client Information Coordinator with Silvaggio Investigations, LLC
An award-winning crime and courts reporter and investigative journalist, April Silvaggio spent the past two decades chasing news: presidential visits, the 9-11 attacks, the impact of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Susan Smith trial, a massive oil spill into the Reedy River, abuse of the homeless by city police and the still unsolved murder of Alice Haynesworth Ryan 20 years ago at her home near Greenville's Cleveland Park.Twice she served as a state media witness to executions of convicted killers. Her work has kept her close to the action and continuously digging for answers.

Through the years, she earned the respect of not only her colleagues, but those in Greenville's law enforcement and legal community with a reputation for being thorough, fair and accurate.

"I worked with April at The Greenville News and found her to be the most energetic and resourceful reporter I have ever known. She was able to get information from people and follow a paper trail like no one I've seen before or since. Later, when I was a pastor and April was a reporter for The Greenville Journal, I found that same professionalism and doggedness when she did stories about homelessness in Greenville. April is talented and fearless--a potent combination."
The Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore,
Pastor Triune Mercy Center

Today, April brings her expertise and experience to work for the clients of Silvaggio Investigations, LLC. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Winthrop University and completed her graduate work in journalism at the University of South Carolina. She previously taught journalism and photography as an adjunct professor at Newberry College.

Jeffrey M. Hollifield

Owner of Micro Analytical, chemical microscopist and consultant to Silvaggio Investigations, LLC

North Carolina native Jeff Hollifield is a chemical microscopist with 20 years of experience in forensics. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Furman University in 1984 and 1986, then worked as a criminalist with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in Columbia, S.C., for 10 years. His next stop was Chicago where he studied microscopy at McCrone Research Institute for a year, earning a second master's degree - this one in chemical microscopy. Then in 1997, he returned to the Upstate of South Carolina to open Micro Analytical, a private forensics lab specializing in particle identification and chemical analysis for industry, as well as forensic trace evidence exams for criminal and civil casework.

Jeff's writings have been published in such scientific research journals as The Microscope and Microscopy Today, and he continues to serve as a guest lecturer for various schools and organizations including The American Chemical Society and the Institut for Toxikologie in Kiel, Germany.

He has also served as an adjunct instructor at Greenville Technical College.
Jeff has testified more than 150 times in local, state and federal courts.

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