Northwest

U.S. Marshals seeking murder suspect

EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Marshals are asking for help locating a U.S. Army soldier suspected of murdering his wife.

John Tufton Blauvelt, 28, was last known to be in the Eugene, Ore. area. 

Blauvelt is wanted by police in Simpsonville, S.C. for allegedly murdering his estranged wife, Catherine Blauvelt, on Oct. 24.

Blauvelt is an active-duty Army recruiter and is now classified as a deserter.

Authorities say Blauvelt left S.C. with a 17-year-old girl and traveled across the country in early November. That teen was safely located on Dec. 12 in Eugene. The teen told authorities that Blauvelt was with her that morning, but left and didn't return.

Blauvelt is a 5'8" white man weighing about 185 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his chest, left wrist and arm and right arm. He's reporterd to be carrying a military-style green camouflage back pack.

Blauvelt has used the names Blue Blauvelt, John Bluefields, Vincent Mendoza and Victor Sacceti in the past.

Authorities think Blauvelt is traveling by himself, liking hitchhiking or taking buses. They think he could be anywhere along the west coast. He could be camping in a local park or area frequented by the homeless.

If you have information on Blauvelt's whereabouts, contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his capture.


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