Accused Upstate killer John Blauvelt to be featured on National TV Show


An accused killer on the run for years will be featured on a National TV show.

The story of John Blauvelt is a long one tied to the murder a woman and a teenager’s disappearance.

It all started in October of 2016 when Catherine (Cati) Blauvelt was found dead in an abandoned Simpsonville home.

Her estranged husband, John Blauvelt, was named the suspect.

A few weeks later he fled and in December of that year Hannah Thompson a missing teenager from the Upstate believed to have left willingly with Blauvelt was found safe in Oregon.

Then last year on the two year anniversary of Cati’s death, there was another call for help in finding her killer.

But the trail has run cold for the man Simpsonville Police say is responsible her estranged husband John Blauvelt.

“I think I can speak for the whole family when I say it’s been horrible not having her in our lives, anymore,” said Brandi  Blackwell, Cati’s sister.  

Blackwell says Cati had only been married to John for a few months before he became violent.  She says when he threatened her with a gun she filed charges and left.

“And he just couldn’t let her be gone.  He was constantly trying to find ways to pull her back in,” said Blackwell.

Then, on October 24 2016 in this abandoned home, Cati Blauvelt was stabbed to death. 

Her cousin, Nisa Delvecchio, says when she went missing, John even volunteered to help in the search.

“Everybody’s like lets go by the abandoned home, and he said well if her car’s not there then that means she’s not there,” said Delvecchio.

Simpsonville Police say Blauvelt was a suspect from the start.  They interviewed him because he had a prior domestic violence charge.  But they didn’t feel that was a enough to charge him with murder.  They were waiting on DNA evidence when he skipped town.
Another man who used to live with the Blauvelts, Charles Sidney Scott Jr. was also charged in connection with her murder.  He is in jail on unrelated charges.

As for Blauvelt, he was last seen in the Southwest in November 2016, but police were told by U.S. Customs he likely did not cross into Mexico.

Two years and four months later, there is new hope of finding this former high ranking millitary recruiter.

The Discovery ID Channel show “In Pursuit with John Walsh” is featuring Blauvelt March 13 at 9 p.m., hoping to drum up new leads. 

Traci Fant with Freedom Fighters is the one who first called the show, after John’s car was last spotted in California.

“As great as the media coverage is here, the push for it being national was a must,” said Fant.

”She didn’t have a chance to live her life and spread her love… and I really hope that this works and somebody sees him and calls,” said Blackwell. 

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