Though venturing into "Magnum P.I." territory, recently retired Jackson County sheriff's detective Bob Cole isn't trying on Hawaiian shirts or test driving Ferraris just yet.
In the sunset of his
29-year law enforcement career, Cole plans to make a seamless transition from public to private investigator.His
experience includes working undercover narcotics and breaking unsolved murder cases like the one recently involving a Jackson woman, Vicki-Lynn Cook, whose body was found in a swamp in August 2002. Cole
embarks down a well-traveled path for police retirees who, like moths to fluorescent lamps, are forever drawn to sleuthing's adrenaline rush.
"It's the hunt," Cole
Though retired, Cole
was asked to stay on the team.
"I like his work ethic," Hartman said of Cole
, 50, expects his Accredited Detective Agency
to open soon.
Cole's investigative pedigree was accrued through numerous investigations, which included working on the county's burglary squad and undercover narcotics unit.
In the latter, Cole
often convinced dangerous drug dealers he
was looking to buy.
"I'd have a dealer say, 'You're a narc.' I'd just say, 'Yeah yeah,' " Cole
said."They'd laugh at me and still sell me the drugs." Cole
envisions doing background checks and internal fraud investigations.
"It won't be as exciting as working on homicides," Cole