Law enforcement agencies along the Oregon Coast are keeping an eye out for an Army deserter who has been charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death last October in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
“It’s possible he could be in our area,” Sheriff John Ward said Friday. “It (the flyer) says he likes to be close to the coast, but it doesn’t say he’s actually here. He may be traveling south through California and staying close to the coast. He could be on I-5, U.S. 101 or over in Texas — who knows?”
John Tufton Blauvelt, 28, is 5-feet-8, 185 pounds with brown hair and eyes and tattoos on his chest, right arm and left wrist and arm. He might be sporting a military-style green camouflage backpack.
Blauvelt also goes by aliases such as Blue Blauvelt, John Bluefields, Vincent Mendoza and Victor Sacceti. Port of Brookings Harbor officials have been alerted, said Manager Gary Dehlinger.
Blauvelt is an active-duty Army recruiter now deemed a deserter, and is said to most likely be traveling alone, hitchhiking and taking buses. He might be seeking work on fishing vessels or for cash-paying jobs. He also might be camping in areas frequented by the homeless, the flyer indicates.
Blauvelt is accused of stabbing Catherine Blauvelt, 22, and leaving her body in a concrete cellar in the basement of an abandoned house on Oct. 24. South Carolina officials suspected Blauvelt because of past domestic violence calls he’d allegedly placed to the woman.
Federal marshals said Blauvelt also left South Carolina with a 17-year-old girl. She was found safe in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 12.
A second man, Charles Sidney Scott Jr., 31, was also charged in the killing, but he was in custody on another charge.
A reward of up to $2500 is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals 800-336-0102 or at email@example.com .