Dad doesn’t think suspect knows anything about Heeringa

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) -— The father of a man accused of lying to police says he can’t believe his son had anything to do with the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa three years ago.

Kevin Bluhm’s father, Tom Bluhm, told 24 Hour News 8 that he learned about the newest charges his son faces by watching the news.

“I seen it on TV. Yeah, it surprised me,” he said. “

“I don’t believe he knows anything about Jessica. I don’t believe that,” he added.

He said he “can’t believe he did something like that (lied to police),” but “apparently he must have.”

Kevin Bluhm awaits arraignment in Muskegon. (June 21, 2016)

Kevin Bluhm was charged Tuesday with lying to police as they investigated the abduction of Jessica Heeringa and whether his cousin, Jeffrey Willis, may have been involved.

Willis, 46, of Muskegon Township, has been named a person of interest in Heeringa’s case. She vanished from the Norton Shores gas station where she worked in April 2013.

Tom Bluhm said he hasn’t talked to his son since the arrest. He said his son has never been in trouble with the law before. Kevin Bluhm is a sergeant at a state prison in Muskegon, though he is currently on unpaid leave as the criminal case against him moves forward.

Bluhm’s father said his son had nothing to do with the crimes Willis is accused of.

Willis is charged with kidnapping and assault for allegedly trying to abduct a teen girl in April (she escaped by jumping from a moving vehicle), several counts linked to the creation and possession of child pornography, and the June 2014 murder of Rebekah Bletsch. Bluhm is also charged with lying to police as they investigated Bletch’s murder.

Tom Bluhm says his son and Willis grew up together and remain close, regularly playing poker together.

“Never been in trouble. Good kids,” he said.

He said he never heard them discuss the Heeringa case.

Tom Bluhm said he hopes that investigators find out who is responsible for Heeringa’s disappearance.

“I don’t think Kevin had anything involved in that case. They’re going to have to investigate,” he said.

Inside coverage: The Jeffrey Willis investigation 

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