Father shares new details in moments leading up to son’s disappearance

CSRA News

Two people sit in police custody in connection with the disappearance and death of Andrew Cato.  23-year-old Blaeke Wolfe and 23-year-old Devin Stringfield are both charged with murdering Cato.  Stringfield is also facing a gun charge.

A murder warrant states that both suspects killed Cato, a felony, on May 6 at 1:00 a.m. in the 100 block of Winter Road, where Wolfe resides. It goes on to say that Wolfe and Stringfield shot Cato in the chest twice with a 9mm handgun.  The affidavit also states that Stringfield faces a second felony of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. 

Wolfe is the mother of Drew Cato’s 2-year-old son.  Stringfield is possibly a male friend of hers.  NewsChannel 6 spoke with Cato’s father, Andy Cato, about the shift in the investigation and he said he is not surprised. 

“He had asked me before he went into work that Saturday if I would help him with an attorney for his son.  I said yes, I’ll talk to you about it on Monday.  And we never got to have that conversation,” said Andy Cato about his last conversation with his son before his disappearance May 5.

Cato added that his son, who would now be 29-years-old, was at the beginning of a custody battle. 

“Part of the source of this was his little son and we’re going to raise his little son as a community.  We’re going to bring him up,” he said adding that he recently was granted custody by the court. 

As the investigation unfolds, Cato told us his son still needs to be found.  While the volunteer search has ended, law enforcement is still looking. 

“It’s not like having someone that’s buried that you know where they’re at.  It’s like they’re thrown away like a piece of trash and you want them treated reverently,” he said.

While just  one part of the investigation closing gives the family some closure, Cato said bringing Drew home will completely bring closure to celebrate his life.

“He’s just a big kid.  He was the life of the party. He was always fun to be around.  That was Drew.”

There are still no details from investigators on how Drew was killed.  But again, the body is still out there so the search continues.

Photojournalist: Mark Gaskins

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