Hodel Investigations Adds New Partner to Detective Agency: Rima, a Detective Trainee Will Be Working the Phones and Data Searches Starting Mid January 2023

January 14, 2023
Birch Bay, Washington
Would like to welcome and introduce Rima to my readers.  I have just brought her “on board” to Hodel Investigations as my new “partner” and she will begin work on January 15, 2023. (As we all know that is a rather momentous day in the investigative history of this company.)
Rima was born and raised in the Great Northwest, in Skagit County, just fifty miles south of my new home here in Birch Bay, WA.
She’s young, but very energetic and highly motivated and will be on probation for a year as a detective trainee, but I predict she will quickly promote to Detective I.
Rima types, is fluent both in English and  Spanish, super computer savvy and will initially be assigned to do background checks and newspaper archival research.
My “partner” search has been ongoing for the past year since I relocated to Birch Bay, and has finally paid off BIGTIME.
Welcome aboard “Rima. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Now let’s hit the streets. This first week you will be riding shotgun.
Here are a few recent pictures of my new partner.
First meet and introduction at Skagit Valley Humane Society this last Tuesday

Rima at the Hodel Investigations office

Rima  (I named her after the jungle bird-girl in Hudson’s “Green Mansions”
One reader just commented that “Rima bears a strong resemblance to ‘Toto’ from the Wizard of Oz.”  Not sure how much the cornfields of Kansas are like the Jungle Forests of Riolama, but as we can see from below photo comparisons, definitely resemblances for sure.  Toto was a Cairn Terrier and Rima is believed to be a Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier mix known as a “Chorkie”.  So, got to be at least “cousins”.


  1. Dennis Effle on January 14, 2023 at 2:08 am

    What a street wise look she has. No doubt she has a nose for investigative work too. Looks like she’ll be the perfect partner for the intricate work of digging up new leads for Hodel investigations as well. Congratulations Steve. I’m sure she’ll be Detective 1 in all our hearts in no time. Your smile says it all! 😁

    • Yolanda Camacho on January 14, 2023 at 10:27 am

      Our Healing Circle sends powerful VIBRATIONS with a deep, cleansing centering breath and thoughts of ANCESTEAL HEALING. ANCESTRAL HEALING heals the wounds of the past. It connects us to our forefathers and foremothers! ANCESTRAL HEALING brings peace to you and to them.

      Peace always to you and Rima

    • Patricia ONeill on January 14, 2023 at 10:50 am

      Rima’s look says it all, Steve: “I da boss!” And it looks like she has captured your heart! Enjoy enjoy! Rima looks a lot like daughter Marie’s Teddy……will have to find a pic & send. Teddy too lives by the ocean (SC) and is definitely the “captain” on their boat and at home! Dig out your beach togs…..bermudas & sandals and walk those beaches come summer! 👍😎🌵

      • Steve Hodel on January 14, 2023 at 11:19 am

        Yep. Love at first sight for sure. I think she’s a Chihuahua/Yorkshire terrier mix. What they are calling a “Chorkie.” Came from a very traumatic environment, (Woman had 129 dogs in a trailer ??) also, just had a litter of puppies in September, so will take a bit to acclimate to a safe/secure home, but bonding very quickly to me. (As I am to her.). My bucket list is now filled.

  2. Edith on January 14, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    From reading your text, I actually thought Rima was your new assistant until I saw the pics you added! Funny!! Congratulations to the new addition, Steve! She’s so adorable and cuddly—a perfect companion for you and an amazing way to start the new year. Edith

    • Steve Hodel on January 14, 2023 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks. Yes, have wanted a “partner” all the time I was in Los Angeles, but it was not allowed at the apt I was living at in Sherman Oaks. Have been looking for one up here since my move to Birch Bay, WA a year ago and “got the call” last Tuesday. She’s a joy for sure.

  3. Polly on January 16, 2023 at 12:08 am

    Thank you so much for adopting a dog that has been in a puppy mill. Sometimes it takes forever to let you touch them, so You are a hero in my eyes and her’s. 💕🥰💖

  4. Polly on January 16, 2023 at 12:08 am

    Thank you so much for adopting a dog that has been in a puppy mill. Sometimes it takes forever to let you touch them, so You are a hero in my eyes and her’s. 💕🥰💖

  5. Ana on January 16, 2023 at 3:22 am

    What a sweet baby!!!

    • Steve Hodel on February 5, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      Yes, I couldn’t have asked for a better pairing. Quick learner for sure.

  6. Rachel on January 16, 2023 at 11:36 am

    We all need a partner in work and in life with Rima’s qualifications! Well done!

    • Steve Hodel on February 5, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks, yes she’s going to be perfect for the job.

  7. Emily on February 5, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Long time reader and supporter here. I’ve been reading your posts about keeping your eye out for a dog and I’m so glad you found her, and that she’s a rescue! Here’s to many years of investigations together!! 🐕

    • Steve Hodel on February 5, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks. Yes, she’s really working out super. Seems to have a nose for it for sure.

      • Richard on February 7, 2023 at 12:08 am

        Are you watching the history channel? Just to get their view.

        • Steve Hodel on February 7, 2023 at 2:21 am

          Not sure which one you are referring to? They have done dozens of them.

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