Blanca Arellano in an image she used on her Facebook profile. She traveled from Mexico to Peru to meet a man she met online, but things went horribly wrong.
Blanca Arellano, a 51-year-old Mexican, was looking for love. After meeting a Peruvian man on an online gaming app, she traveled over 3,000 miles just to meet him; he thought it might be him.
On the last day of October, Arellano took a flight from Mexico City to Lima, Peru, to meet Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte, a 37-year-old Peruvian. Her final destination was the beach town of Huacho, where Villafuerte lived, where her family last heard from her on November 7. At the time, she spoke with her niece Karla Arellano, who said her relationship with Villafuerte was going well and that she was in love, according to authorities’ investigations.
But two weeks later, after Arellano was speechless, her niece took to Twitter for help.
“I never thought I would be in this situation, but today I am asking for your support in spreading this post and finding one of the most beloved and important people in my life. My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez disappeared on Monday November 7th in Peru. We fear for his life,” read the post.
Arellano and Villafuerte had been in an online relationship for several months, according to their family, before they left for Peru. She often shared her feelings for Villafuerte and said she was “happy and at peace” with their relationship.
But when he fell silent, his niece Karla was the first to suspect something was wrong.
“I contacted Juan P [Villafuerte] since he was the only one I knew in Peru and that’s where our fear began,” wrote his niece on Twitter.
Arellano’s niece shared a screenshot of his initial conversation with Villafuerte, where he asked if he could ask his aunt to call.
“That’s all right?” she asked.
Villafuerte said he stopped talking to her a few days ago and said he “decided to leave because I couldn’t provide the life he wanted, he got bored of me and left to find a plane ticket back to Mexico” .
“I hope he’s okay, but my role here is over. I don’t know anything else from here and I say it with sadness. I’m sure his phone isn’t working or he’s out of battery. Take care and I hope he comes back home safe,” Villafuerte said in his final exchange with Arellano’s family.
Peruvian authorities launched an investigation after the post was shared thousands of times. On November 10, they made an ugly discovery: a severed finger on Huacho Beach. The tips of her fingers had been removed and she still had a silver ring, seconds researchers.
A day later, authorities found a faceless head and then an arm. The next day a torso with no organs inside appeared on the same beach. They eventually identified Arellano through his family by the ring on his finger that was recovered.
On November 17, the Peruvian authorities arrested Villafuerte as the main suspect in the murder of Arellano.
“Juan Pablo Villafuerte was arrested for human organ trafficking,” Peru’s attorney general said. he told local news Monday.
Villafuerte, a medical student, posted TikTok videos of human organs for days after Arellano’s disappearance. Investigators said they found traces of blood all over his apartment.
A similar case recently occurred in Colombia after a man from California traveled to the South American country and went out to meet a date he made through Tinder. After family and friends reported him missing on November 10, Paul Nguyen’s body was found in the city of Medellin.
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