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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 earlier this month have washed up on a beach and authorities believe her Organs may have been removed.
Blanca Arellano, 51, told her family it was her take a trip to Limawhere she planned to meet Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte, 37, after several months of virtual courtship, The Independent reported.
He Nov. 7, Arellano told her niece Karla Arellano the romance was going well. However, Arellano stopped communicating with her family soon after.
“I never thought I would find myself in this situation, but today I ask for your support to spread this post and find one of the most loved and important people in my life.” Karla tweeted he Nov. 12. “My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez went missing in Peru on Monday November 7th, she is of Mexican origin, we fear for her life.”
In a series of posts, Karla Arellano said Villafuerte told her the couple had split and that her aunt was traveling back to Mexico after claiming that “I couldn’t offer her the life she wanted.”
“I decided to communicate with Juan P as he was the only contact she had in this country and that’s where our fear was sparked,” Karla wrote.
He Nov 10, authorities in Peru discovered a severed finger with a silver ring confirmed as Blanca Arellano. More remains washed up over the following days, including a faceless head, an arm, and a torso with all internal organs that appeared to have been stolen.
He Nov. On Feb. 17, Villafuerte was arrested in connection with Arellano’s disappearance.
“Juan Pablo Villafuerte has been arrested for organ trafficking,” Peru’s attorney general said in a news conference Monday, according to Peru-based Latin Noticias.
Shortly after Arellano’s disappearance, Villafuerte posted videos on TikTok showing him dissecting human organs, including a pancreas and a brain, according to the independent report.
Authorities searched his home, where they found blood spatters in several rooms, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
“My aunt was a kind, warm person, full of light, intelligent, dedicated, loving and the way she should be remembered,” Karla tweeted on Wednesday, thanking the Peruvian authorities.