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

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Paul Silvaggio

When it really counts, you  can't afford to take chances with the private investigator you hire...

You need a private investigator who'll be on your side...

A private investigator who will fight for you...

A private investigator who knows exactly how the system works...

A private investigator you can trust...

A private investigator with integrity

private investigator is Paul Silvaggio.

  A graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Silvaggio has earned a reputation throughout the law enforcement and legal communities for exhibiting superior investigative skills, professionalism and integrity. His investigative skills and determination during his career with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office set a new standard for bringing exceptional cases to trial and earned him the respect of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys alike.

"Paul is one of the most respected criminal investigators I've ever known, and the limelight is of little importance to him."
Mike Ellis, Chief Deputy Coroner of Greenville County

In 2002 Silvaggio was awarded the coveted Billy Wilkins Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, named in honor of retired U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William W. "Billy" Wilkins, now a Greenville attorney. That distinguished honor is reserved for officers who have exhibited outstanding attributes in the performance of their duties in the field and courtroom.

Highly respected among his peers, Silvaggio during his career was frequently called upon by outside law enforcement agencies and private corporations to assist with felony investigations consulting and training.
His efforts in February 2009 with the Allendale County Sheriff's Office resulted in an historic verdict for South Carolina when the 20-year-old ex-boyfriend was found guilty of murder, even though her body was never recovered.

  Silvaggio has served as a guest instructor at Clemson, Furman, Lander and Bob Jones universities, as well as Greenville Technical College and numerous statewide and regional conferences for law enforcement, public defender investigators and others in the legal community.

He is often called on to deliver programs for civic organizations and support groups such as Compass of Carolina, and Survivors of Suicide. It was because of his dedication and accomplished career that former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges in March 2002 awarded Silvaggio the Order of the Silver Crescent.

"I commend you on the high level of professionalism you have demonstrated that has set a benchmark for other public servants to follow."
South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, 1999-2003

Silvaggio and former S.C. Governor Jim Hodges
Silvaggio began his career in law enforcement in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, and rose through the ranks to the position of criminal investigator before completing his tour of duty with an honorable discharge. While in the Army, he completed numerous sensitive investigations dealing with top-secret military security issues. His accolades and commendations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Service Medal. Wishing to pursue a career in civilian law enforcement, he joined the Greenville County Sheriff's Office as a uniform patrol deputy after completing his tour of duty with the Army. His first year he was honored with the Rookie of the Year Award. He has also been the recipient of the Rotary International Officer of the Year Award, and the Officer of the Year Award as recognized by the Wade Hampton/Taylors Jaycees.

Paul Silvaggio

Silvaggio has received numerous Letters of Commendation, along with three Distinguished Service Medals, all of which are testaments to his achievements and commitment to professionalism. Over his more than two decades with the Sheriff's Office, Silvaggio was promoted first to Master Deputy where he transferred into the investigative field and worked assignments ranging from Narcotics to Burglary and Robbery to Homicide. In July, 2008, he was promoted to sergeant and placed in charge of the unit in which he had previously served. Silvaggio retired from law enforcement in November 2009, and was licenced by the State Law Enforcement Division as a private investigator the following month.

Among the high profile cases Silvaggio has worked during his career are:

  • The shooting death of S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Nicholson in December 2001, which resulted in a charge of murder being lodged against John Richard Wood, who is now awaiting execution on South Carolina's Death Row.
  • The kidnapping and execution-style murders of Marietta, SC, residents Tom and Carol Ann Lloyd in April 2002. The case led Silvaggio to Texas where one defendant took his own life during a traffic stop by a Texas Ranger. A second defendant after pleading guilty to first degree murder is now serving life without parole in the N.C. Department of Corrections.
  • The August 2003 kidnapping and murder of Miranda Williams, who was shot and killed inside the Bi-Lo supermarket where she worked  on East North Street. Her ex-boyfriend, Charles Williams, was charged and later convicted of kidnapping and murder, and is now awaiting execution on South Carolina's Death Row.
  • The September 2004 kidnapping and murder of James Cockman, a high-powered Fortune 500 executive. The persistence of Silvaggio, working with special agents from the FBI, led him and one agent to Tennessee where they arrested David Edens and Jennifer Holloway. Silvaggio obtained a confession from Holloway which resulted in charges of murder and kidnapping being lodged against both suspects, and the recovery of Cockman's body. Both Edens and Holloway are now serving life without parole in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
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