Marshals: Army deserter wanted for S.C. murder 'could be anywhere along the West Coast'
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- An Army deserter wanted for murder in South Carolina remains on the loose and U.S. Marshals say their last known contact with him was in Oregon.
John Tufton Blauvelt, 28, is accused of murdering his estranged wife in Simpsonville, S.C. on Oct. 24. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 18. Investigators believe Blauvelt, who was an active-duty Army recruiter, left South Carolina with a 17-year-old girl and traveled west across the country in November. The girl was found safe in Eugene, Ore. on Dec. 12 and told investigators Blauvelt was with her that morning but she hadn't seen him since.
Marshals believe Blauvelt is traveling alone without a car and is likely hitchhiking or catching buses to travel. "He may be traveling south through California and staying close to the coast, but he could be anywhere along the west coast or within the country," the U.S. Marshal's Service wrote in a press release.
He's described as 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing 185 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and has tattoos on his chest, left wrist and arm and right arm. Marshals say he has gone by Blue Blauvelt, John Bluefields, Vincent Mendoza and Victor Sacceti.
It is reported he is traveling with a military-style green camouflage back pack, and camps in local parks or areas that are known to be frequented by the homeless, the Marshal's service said. A $2,500 reward has been issued for his capture and if you have any information, you can call the U.S Marshal's tip line at 1-800-336-0102.