SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate man accused of killing his wife in 2016 was denied bond in Simpsonville.

John Tufton Blauvelt appeared before a judge on murder and possession of a weapon during violent crime charges Thursday.

We previously report Blauvelt, 33, was arrested for killing his estranged wife Catherine “Cati” Boyter-Blauvelt on Oct. 24, 2016.

She was reported missing by her family the previous day after failing to meet with her friends after work.

Her body was found two days later in an abandoned house on South East Main Street in Simpsonville.

“That was a weight lifted off my shoulder,” said Patricia Piver, the mother of victim Cati Blauvelt after the bond hearing.

After nearly six years on the run, Blauvelt was arrested in Oregon. He appeared in court in Greenville on Thursday. Piver said it was the first time she saw Blauvelt in person, since his arrest.

“Seeing him walk through that door, just adds to the realization that they actually caught him. I mean they tell you, that’s one thing, but then to actually see him there, you’re finally getting to the end of a very long road and it’s very emotional. I am so glad he’s caught and he’s here and he can finally stand trial and we can finally get some justice for Cati,” said Piver.

As the judge read his charges, the victim’s mother said she felt a sense of relief.

“As soon as she [judge] said, ‘bond denied’, it’s like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders that’s he going to stay here and he’s not going to get a change to get away and run again,” said Piver.

It’s also a bittersweet moment.

“It won’t bring back Cati, but seeing, like I said, that she’s finally going to get justice, the family’s finally going to get justice, and a murderer is off the street, that’s the best part,” said Piver.

Piver said Cati will never be forgotten and she’s hopeful to receive more closure in her daughter’s case.

“Guilty. That he’s found guilty and that he gets the sentence he deserves because we got a life sentence without Cati and he deserves a life sentence,” said Piver.

Blauvelt is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center.