Woman Who Flew 3,000 Miles For Online Date Murdered For Her Organs

Woman Who Flew 3,000 Miles For Online Date Murdered For Her Organs Twitter/itskararellano

A Mexican woman who flew more than 3,000 miles to meet a man she met online was found murdered in Peru. Blanca Arellano met the man on a gaming app and began a relationship with him over a period of months. However, after flying to meet him, she never made it back home.

  1. Arellano flew out on October 31. She planned to meet 37-year-old Juan Pablo Jesus Villafuerte. At first, things seemed to be okay. Her family last heard from her on November 7, when she told her nice, Kala Arellano, that she was getting along well with Villafuerte.
  2. A few days later, Karla sounded the alarm. After not hearing from her aunt for several days, Karla took to Twitter to try and find Blanca. “I never thought I would be in this situation, but today I’m asking for your support to spread this post and find one of the most loved and important people of my life,” she posted on November 12. My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez disappeared on Monday, November 07 in Peru. We fear for her life.”
  3. Villafuerte claimed Blanca Arellano had “decided to return to Mexico.” Karla reached out to the man who was supposedly with her aunt, only to be told that she was no longer there. “They were in Huacho and she left for Lima by her own means to later go to Mexico but that has not happened,” Karla tweeted.
  4. Blanca’s body had been discovered on November 9. A local fisherman discovered a “faceless head” in the port of Huacho, El Pais reports. An arm and a torso without its organs were found nearby soon after, along with a finger wearing a ring. Authorities eventually identified the body as that of Blanca Arellano.
  5. Villafuerte was arrested and charged with Arellano’s murder on November 17. Investigators are said to be trying to determine if the killing was related to organ harvesting. “Juan Pablo Villafuerte was arrested on charges of human organs trafficking,” Peru’s General Attorney Zoraida Avalos told local press. It’s believed he did not act alone.
  6. Karla Arellano took to Twitter to express her grief. “We have no words to express what we are experiencing. My aunt was a kind, warm person, full of light, intelligent, dedicated, loving and that is how she should be remembered,” she wrote. “We believe in Peruvian laws and we fully trust the authorities to make it happen as they have done an impeccable job so far. It’s time to raise your voice and ask for #JusticiaParaBlanca.”

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