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The remains of a Mexican woman who traveled to Peru to pursue a romantic relationship with a medical student she met online washed up on a beach earlier this month and authorities believe her organs may have been harvested.
Blanca Arellano, 51, told her family that she was traveling to Lima, where she planned to meet Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte, 37, after several months of virtual courtship, The Independent reported.
On November 7, Arellano told his niece, Karla Arellano, that the affair was going well. However, Arellano stopped contacting his family shortly thereafter.
“I never thought I would be in this situation, but today I ask for your support to spread this publication and find one of the most loved and important people in my life.” Karla tweeted On November 12. “My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez disappeared on Monday, November 7 in Peru, she is of Mexican origin, we fear for her life.”
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In a series of posts, Karla Arellano said Villafuerte told her the couple separated and her aunt was traveling back to Mexico after stating that he “couldn’t offer her the life she wanted.”
“I decided to contact Juan P since he was the only contact she had in that country and that’s where our fear soared,” Karla wrote.
On November 10, authorities in Peru discovered a severed finger with a silver ring attached that was confirmed to be Blanca Arellano. More remains washed up in the days that followed, including a faceless head, arm, and torso with all internal organs that appeared to have been removed.
On November 17, Villafuerte was arrested in connection with Arellano’s disappearance.
“Juan Pablo Villafuerte was arrested on charges of human organ trafficking,” Peru’s attorney general said at a press conference Monday, according to Peru-based Latin Noticias.
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Shortly after Arellano’s disappearance, Villafuerte posted videos on TikTok that apparently showed him dissecting human organs, including the pancreas and brain, the independent report said.
Authorities searched his house where they found blood spatters in several rooms, the Spanish newspaper El País reported.
“My aunt was a kind, warm person, full of light, intelligent, dedicated, affectionate and that is how she should be remembered,” Karla tweeted on Wednesday along with a thank you to the Peruvian authorities.