MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A man charged with lying to investigators about the 2013 disappearance of Jessica Heeringa has pleaded guilty.
Kevin Bluhm, 47, appeared in Muskegon County Circuit Court Friday morning, where he entered a guilty plea to both counts of lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation.
Bluhm is the cousin of Jeffrey Willis, who is considered a person of interest in the disappearance of Heeringa. She vanished from the Norton Shores gas station where she worked on April 26, 2013.
Norton Shores police told 24 Hour News 8 that Bluhm weaved an elaborate account about how he helped Jeffrey Willis “take care” of Heeringa, but admitted the entire story was a lie when investigators pressed him on details that weren’t adding up.
Bluhm was previously charged with lying to police in the Rebekah Bletsch murder investigation during a May 18 interview. Michigan State Police said Bluhm told them he hadn’t seen Willis since July 2015 and had never seen him with a handgun.
Despite that alleged lie, Willis was later charged with Bletsch’s murder. He has also been charged with the attempted abduction of a Muskegon County teenager, possessing and making child pornography, and surveilling an unclothed person without their consent.
Bluhm is expected back in court for sentencing in September.