John Blauvelt Wiki: Did the South Carolina Army Deserter Murder His Wife?

On October 26, 2016, 22-year-old Catherine “Cati” Blauvelt was found brutally murdered in an abandoned house in her hometown of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Her husband, John Blauvelt, is accused of her murder. Did he do it? Read our John Blauvelt wiki to find out everything you need to know about him and the progress of this case.

Who Is John Blauvelt?

John Tufton Blauvelt was born on September 8, 1988. According to Blauvelt’s Facebook profile, his hometown is Los Angeles, California.

About John Tufton Blauvelt
Weight185 lbs
Spouse Catherine “Cati” Blauvelt (nee Boyter)

He eventually made his way to Simpsonville, South Carolina where he worked as a recruiter for the U.S. Army. With 10 years of active military experience, Blauvelt quickly became very well-known throughout the community, particularly among the local youth.

He spent a lot of his time visiting local high schools to recruit as many young people as possible to join the Army. He was also responsible for planning extracurricular activities for prospective service members and trainees.

How Did John and Cati Meet?

The Army recruitment office where John Blauvelt worked was located right next to the local Firehouse Subs, where 22-year-old Catherine “Cati” Boyter worked as a sandwich maker.

Blauvelt was a regular at the restaurant and would frequently go there on his lunch breaks. That’s how the pair met.

Catherine Blauvelt
Catherine “Cati” Blauvelt (nee Boyter); Photo: Family photo

At first, Cati Boyter thought Blauvelt was handsome and charming. Given her family’s history with the military—her grandfather was also an officer—the young woman was always attracted to men in uniform and spent her life surrounded by them. Blauvelt seemed like the perfect gentleman and even made her laugh.

After they met, Blauvelt made it a point to eat at the sandwich shop as often as possible, just so he could spend time with Boyter.

Everything seemed like it was going well for the budding young romance.

There was just one problem…

John Blauvelt Wasn’t Who He Seemed

Blauvelt, who was six years older than Boyter, was already married and had a young daughter with his then-wife. He was known for being something of a ladies’ man around town, and he apparently preferred the company of younger women.

Since he spent much of his time with high school students for his day job, he also had easy access to a lot of young teenage girls.

Seven months after meeting Cati Boyter, John Blauvelt divorced his wife to pursue the newfound relationship further. Boyter’s niece and coworker (they were only four years apart in age), Chyenne Paxton, witnessed the blossoming romance firsthand.

“He would come to get his lunches,” Paxton recalled. “When I first met John, he was in the Army, so I figured he must be a pretty nice guy.”

John Tufton Blauvelt
John Blauvelt; Photo: Handout photo

Indeed, service people are generally known for their politeness and manners when in the company of civilians. Boyter’s mother, Patricia Ann Piver, on the other hand, had an entirely different perception of Blauvelt.

She said, “I wasn’t impressed with him when I first met him. Being raised with a military father, I kind of had an idea of what it was like to be around military personnel and how polite and courteous they were… John was not like this. He just didn’t seem like a military man to me, and I thought that was odd.”

The relationship was very rushed. After just a few short months of dating, the couple was married and living together. This came as a complete surprise to Cati Boyter’s entire family, especially her niece.

Paxton said, “Me and Cati had always planned, when one of us got married, that it would be something we did together,” stating that they had agreed to serve as each other’s maids of honor.

Oddly enough, Boyter allegedly didn’t invite any of her family members or friends to the wedding ceremony, which was very out of character for her.

A Troubled Union

The ink had barely dried on Blauvelt’s divorce papers when he and Boyter decided to tie the knot. Paxton, who was briefly living with the Blauvelts in the beginning of their marriage, claims that their union was far from blissful.

According to her, the entire ordeal was rushed from the very beginning and the couple would constantly get into massive screaming matches.

On more than a few occasions, Paxton was forced to jump in between the quarreling couple, to try to calm them down before the situation got too far out of hand.

Apparently, John Blauvelt had a serious drinking problem and had threatened Cati Blauvelt on several occasions. Although she typically forgave him for his volatile actions, one incident was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back.

John Blauvelt: The Party Animal

The Blauvelt household was notorious in the neighborhood for hosting parties that featured underage drinking and drug use. John himself would buy drugs and alcohol for the teens, and often allowed some of them to stay in the empty bedrooms of the house he and his wife shared.

This was a constant point of contention for the couple, as Cati was against the illegal activity and demanded that John stop throwing these types of parties. He refused.

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Thompson was often in attendance at these drug- and alcohol-fueled parties. One night, her parents caught wind of what was going on at the Blauvelt house and called the police.

The Simpsonville police showed up at the house with a search warrant. They had a hard time getting into the house because John had instructed everyone not to let them in and keep all of the doors locked. Eventually, they found a back entrance into the house and were able to make their way inside.

John was arrested on the spot and charged with several counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Even though Thompson was technically considered an adult, according to state law, most of the other kids at these parties were very clearly underage.

Cati Blauvelt Interviewed by Police

While John was being held in police custody, Cati was called in to the Simpsonville Police Department for questioning in relation to her husband’s arrest.

They asked her what she knew about her husband’s illegal activities and Cati told them everything she could. It was during this time that she also made a shocking revelation.

Cati Blauvelt showed up to the police station with a .357 Magnum gun that she said belonged to John. Allegedly, during one of their heated arguments in the living room, John had pulled the gun out on her, threatening to kill her with it. She said he then pointed the gun on himself, threatening to commit suicide.

He then grabbed another firearm and threatened to kill all of her loved ones before leaving the house. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time.

John was subsequently charged with domestic violence while still in police custody. Cati immediately moved out of the house and went to live with her mother.

A few days later, John was released from police custody on a bond while awaiting trial for the charges brought forth against him. The bond was subject to a no-contact clause. Cati was relieved by the news that John would be put on trial.

Piver says her daughter wanted to divorce John and was looking for a lawyer to help with her case.

John Pursues a Relationship with Hannah Thompson

Chyenne Paxton, Cati’s niece who was a teenager at the time, also moved out of the house after Cati and John were separated. She and Thompson were around the same age, went to the same school, and were friends.

Paxton soon found out that John Blauvelt and Hannah Thompson had started a romance of their own. This wasn’t surprising, she said, because she knew that Thompson was “infatuated with him.”

Thompson cut off most of her family and friends and would spend most of her time at John’s house. Cati wasn’t bothered by the new relationship, because she was happy to be out of that house and wanted to move on with her own life.

She even decided to quit her job at Firehouse Subs so she wouldn’t have to run into John every single day. Cati found a new job at a local PetSmart.

What Happened to Cati Blauvelt?

By this point, things seemed to be going very well for Cati. She loved animals and was enjoying working at the pet store. Best of all, she was finally free of her abusive and controlling husband.

On October 24, 2016, Paxton called her aunt to see if she wanted to have a dinner date that night. Cati was driving home from work and said she’d meet her somewhere a little bit later on, but Paxton recalls that she sounded very “strange” on the phone.

When her aunt failed to show up for their dinner date, without calling to cancel or reschedule, Paxton instantly knew that something was wrong.

All of Cati’s family members and friends had tried calling, texting, and instant messaging her, to no avail. It just wasn’t like Cati to be a no-show and not answer her phone. When none of them got a response from her, they began to worry.

The next day, they organized search parties to look for her. Paxton even drove past John’s house a few times to see if Cati’s car was there, but she didn’t have any luck.

While the rest of Cati’s loved ones were out searching for her, her mother was filing a missing persons report at the local police station.

According to Cati’s older sister, Brandi Blackwell, John Blauvelt even offered to help search for Cati.

A Gruesome Discovery

On October, 26, 2016, a group of Cati’s friends who were part of the massive search party had decided to check out an old, abandoned house on Main Street where they used to hang out as teenagers.

To everyone’s knowledge, the dilapidated house hadn’t been occupied in over 20 years. But it was still a popular hangout spot for local teenagers.

Approximately 32 hours after Cati Blauvelt went missing, her body was discovered by one of her friends under a pile of lumber in the basement of that house.

She’d been brutally stabbed multiple times and left there to die. It was obvious that there had been some sort of struggle and she’d tried to fight off her attacker.

Upon discovering the remains, her friends called 911. Here is a recording of the call:

Detective Keith Morecraft of the Simpsonville Police Department was one of the first to arrive on the scene.

Standard procedure in homicide cases of this nature is to contact the victim’s next of kin or their spouse. In this case, authorities had to alert John that Cati’s body had been found.

Police Question John in Connection with His Wife’s Murder

Right after Cati Blauvelt’s body was discovered, police went to John Blauvelt’s house and found Hannah Thompson there with him. She’d apparently run away from home.

Both of them were questioned about Cati’s murder.

Detective Morecraft says that John didn’t seem too phased by the news of his wife’s murder.

“John was very unemotional when he was notified of her death,” he said. “He was very stoic and just talked about how bad their relationship had been. It immediately made the hair in the back of my neck stand up, because you could tell this wasn’t somebody that was upset she had been killed.”

Investigators theorized that John might have killed his estranged wife because he was worried about the upcoming domestic violence trial against him. He was most likely worried that if she testified in court against him, he’d go to prison, and the Army would dismiss him with a dishonorable discharge.

Between the time that Cati had left work and was supposed to meet her niece for dinner, police believe John tried to convince Cati to drop the charges against him. But she refused, and that’s what allegedly led to her murder.

They named him as a person of interest but didn’t have enough evidence to arrest and convict him.

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John and Thompson Go on the Run

Just two weeks after John Blauvelt and Hannah Thompson were questioned about the murder, the couple decided to skip town. The U.S. Marshals joined the nationwide investigation at this point.

Police issued a warrant for Blauvelt’s arrest in connection to the murder, but were unable to locate him. At first, it was unclear if Blauvelt had taken Thompson hostage with him or if she was a willing participant in his escape from justice.

Hannah’s mother, Kristi Thompson, said that her daughter had left her cellphone inside the family mailbox one day and vanished. Everything had been deleted from the device and it was reset to its original factory settings.

“I assumed when she left [the phone] in the mailbox it was because she didn’t want us to try to find her. Once we talked to the police, we started thinking she maybe didn’t want anybody to see some of the texts she had on her phone,” Kristi said.

Kristi received an ominous text from her daughter a few weeks later from a burner phone, saying that she was safe and that she was still in South Carolina. Police were unable to trace the source of the text message.

At this point in the investigation, they were receiving tips that John Blauvelt and Hannah Thompson had been spotted all over the country, including in Arizona, New Mexico, and even California.

His car, a red 2000 GMC Yukon SUV, had been picked up by license plate readers along the borders of these states and even near the U.S.-Mexico border. However, border patrol officers said that it was unlikely that Blauvelt and Thompson had crossed over into Mexico.

Police also think that Blauvelt might have painted the car either black or gray to make it unrecognizable and less conspicuous.

A few months after running off with Blauvelt, Thompson was located in Eugene, Oregon. She had family there and had contacted them after Blauvelt abandoned her. Police questioned her about his whereabouts, but she had no idea where he was headed.

Updates on the Case

It’s been a little over two years since Cati Blauvelt was murdered, presumably by her husband.

John Blauvelt is still on the run and is considered to be armed and dangerous. The Army has listed him as a deserter because he’s gone completely off the grid.

His last known location was in Portland, Oregon, but that was two years ago. A surveillance camera at an ATM in Portland captured his image as he was withdrawing cash. He was also caught on tape at a local supermarket.

The below images have been widely circulated on law enforcement web sites and national news outlets.

John Blauvelt
John Blauvelt; Photo: U.S. Department of Justice
John Blauvelt
John Blauvelt; Photo: U.S. Department of Justice

Police believe he might have hitchhiked his way to California by now and is living as a homeless person using the following aliases:

  • Blue Blauvelt
  • John Bluefields
  • Vincent Mendoza
  • Victor Sacceti

He’s described as white, 5’6” tall (some publications list his height as 5’8″), 185 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He has the following tattoos:

  • Right arm: pirate and a banner with a rose and sunset
  • Left forearm: yin-yang symbol
  • Chest: parrot on the right side
  • Left wrist: the name “Madison”

It’s possible he might have altered his appearance to avoid being recognized.

A Possible Accomplice

Another man named Charles Sidney Scott Jr. was also charged in the murder of Cati Blauvelt, as well as for possession of a deadly weapon. According to local news station WSPA, he once lived with the couple.

At the time he was charged, he was already serving a prison sentence for an unrelated crime.

Charles Scott
Charles Sidney Scott Jr.; Photo: Simpsonville Police Department

The Hunt Continues

This investigation is ongoing and the hunt for John Blauvelt continues. Cati’ Blauvelt’s family and friends have done everything in their power to try to get justice for their murdered loved one.

They formed the Facebook group Justice4Cati to try to spread the word about the case and Blauvelt’s fugitive status. They’re also working with a group called Freedom Fighters. The organization, which is led by activist Traci Fant, is dedicated to locating missing persons and helping raise awareness about cases like this.

John Walsh profiled the case in detail on his show In Pursuit with John Walsh on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 on ID Discovery.

John Tufton Blauvelt is a U.S. Army deserter. He’s considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him in public is asked not to approach him. If you have any tips or information regarding his whereabouts, please call the U.S. Marshals Tip line at 1-800-336-0102, Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME, the Simpsonville Police Department at (864) 967-9536, or your local police department.