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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 were found on a beach earlier this month and authorities believe her organs may have been harvested. .

Blanca Arellano, 51, told her family she was taking a trip to Lima, where she planned to meet Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte, 37, after several months of virtual courtship, The Independent reported.

On Nov. 7, Arellano told her niece, Karla Arellano, that the romance was going well. However, Arellano stopped communicating with his family soon after.

“I never thought I’d 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 on November 12. “My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez disappeared on Monday November 7 in Peru, she is of Mexican origin, we fear for her life”.


The remains of Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez, 51, were discovered in Peru just days after she traveled there to meet a man she met online.
(Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutierrez Facebook)

In a series of posts, Karla Arellano said Villafuerte told her the couple broke up and that her aunt was returning to Mexico after she claimed “I couldn’t offer the life she wanted.”

“I decided to communicate with Juan P as he was the only contact he had in that country and this is where our fear kicked in,” Karla wrote.

On Nov. 10, authorities in Peru discovered a severed finger with a silver ring attached that was confirmed to be Blanca Arellano. More remains were washed up over the next few days, including a faceless head, arm and torso with all internal organs appearing to have been harvested.

On November 17, Villafuerte was arrested in connection with Arellano’s disappearance.

“Juan Pablo Villafuerte has been arrested on charges of trafficking in human organs,” Peru’s attorney general said at a press conference on Monday, according to Latin Noticias.


Shortly after Arellano’s disappearance, Villafuerte posted videos on TikTok that showed him dissecting human organs, including a pancreas and a brain, according to the independent report.

Authorities searched his home where they found blood spatter in several rooms, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

“My aunt was a kind, warm, light-filled, intelligent, dedicated, loving person and this is how she should be remembered,” Karla tweeted thanking the Peruvian authorities.

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