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The remains of a Mexican woman who traveled to Peru to strike up a romantic relationship with a medical student she met online washed up on a beach earlier this month and authorities believe they are organs may have been harvested.
Blanca Arellano, 51, told her family she was make a trip to Limawhere she planned to meet 37-year-old Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte, after several months of virtual courtship, The Independent reported.
On November 7, Arellano told her niece, Karla Arellano, that the romance was going well. However, Arellano stopped communicating with her family soon after.
“I never thought I would be in this situation, but today I ask for your support to spread this message 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 in Peru on Monday, November 7. She is of Mexican descent, we fear for her life.”
In a series of messages, Karla Arellano said Villafuerte told her the couple had broken up and that her aunt was traveling back to Mexico after claiming “I couldn’t provide the life she wanted.”
“I decided to communicate with Juan P since he was the only contact she had in that country and that’s where our anxiety started,” 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, an arm, and a torso with all of its internal organs seemingly harvested.
On November 17, Villafuerte was arrested in connection with Arellano’s disappearance.
“Juan Pablo Villafuerte was arrested on charges of trafficking in human organs,” Peru’s attorney general said at a news conference Monday, according to Peru-based Latin Noticias.
Shortly after Arellano’s disappearance, Villafuerte posted videos to TikTok showing him appearing to dissect human organs, including a pancreas and brain, the independent report said.
Authorities searched his house where they found blood spatter in several rooms, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
“My aunt was a kind, warm person, full of light, intelligent, devoted, loving and that is how she should be remembered,” Karla tweeted on Wednesday, thanking Peruvian authorities.