A Mexican woman traveled to Peru to pursue a romantic relationship with a medical student she met online, but her remains were later discovered washed up on a beach, and he is now accused of harvesting her organs.
Blanca Arellano, 51, told her family in late July that she was traveling to Huacho to meet Juan Pablo Jess Villafuerte, 31, a medical student with whom she had a long online relationship, according to The Independent.
The lovestruck woman told her niece Karla Arellano on Nov. 7 that the budding in-person romance was going well, but then she stopped communicating with the family.
“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,” Karla tweeted on Nov. 12.
“My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez disappeared on Monday November 07 in Peru. We fear for her life,” she added.
Karla said she became alarmed when she reached out to Villafuerte, who claimed that Bianca was going back to Mexico after the couple broke up.
“I decided to communicate with Juan P since he was the only contact she had in that country and that is where our fear was triggered,” she wrote.
Villafuerte reportedly claimed Bianca decided to catch a flight back home after telling him that “I couldn’t offer the life she wanted.”
On November 10, Peruvian authorities discovered a severed finger with a silver ring still attached washed up on a local beach.
In the days that followed, a faceless head, an arm, and a torso with all internal organs apparently removed washed up on the beach.
According to The Independent, the bereaved family matched the ring to their missing loved one.
On Nov. 17, a warrant was issued for Villafuerte’s arrest on charges of human organ trafficking, according to Latin Noticias.
According to El Popular, the suspect began posting videos on TikTok allegedly showing him dissecting body parts, including a pancreas and a brain, shortly after Blanca’s disappearance.
During a search of Villafuerte’s home, police discovered blood in the bathroom, laundry room, and on his mattress, according to The Independent, citing El Pais.
“We have no words to express what we are going through,” Karle tweeted on Wednesday. “My aunt was a kind, warm person, full of light, intelligent, dedicated, and loving, and that is how she should be remembered.”