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Chantel Brink
Chantel Brink
December 18, 2023 ·  3 min read

Woman who flew 3,000 miles for an online date was allegedly killed for her organs

One often hears about the dangers of online dating. Internet scams are a dime a dozen and sometimes baffle one’s mind trying to figure out how people keep falling for them. Online dating can be risky, but most people tend not to realize just risky it can be.

Flying to Peru after an online date

51-year-old Blanca Arellano from Mexico met who she thought might be the love of her life on a gaming app. They spent months talking before she decided that it was time she met the man who was based in Peru – a flight that took her 3000 miles away from home.

Her family says that Arellano flew to Lima, Peru on October 31 to meet a Puruvian man identified as 37-year-old Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte. Their last communication with her occurred on November 7 when she spoke with her niece Karla Arellano. She told her that they were really getting along and everything was fine.

24 hours passed by without communication with her family

Bianca’s niece took to Twitter in search of her aunt after communication just stopped abruptly. She mentioned how the family fears for her life. “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 in my life. My aunt Blanca Olivia Arellano Gutiérrez disappeared on Monday, November 07 in Peru. We fear for her life.”

Credit: @itskararellano Twitter

Desperate for answers, she reached out to the online date, Villafuerte

Karla was desperate at this stage and reached out to Villafuerte, hoping that the online date may have some answers. He told her that her aunt had traveled back to Mexico. She again posted on Twitter. “They were in Huacho and she left for Lima by her own means to later go to Mexico but that has not happened.”

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Body parts found

According to El Pais, a fisherman discovered the faceless head of Arellano on November 9th. It was washed up on shore in the port of Huacho, north of Lima. Slowly, more body parts appeared. One arm, a torso missing its organs, and a single finger wearing a ring were soon discovered at the dock. The ring was the item that the family recognized as Arellano’s.

Her online date was arrested on November 17 by local police. He has been named their number-one suspect in Blanca’s murder. The investigating team is looking into the murder and trying to piece together whether organ smuggling was involved.

The Tweet translated to: “With our hearts and lives in pieces we confirm that our beloved aunt Blanca Arellano has been identified as dead. We ask our family for respect and discretion in these difficult times, we have no words to express what we are experiencing.”

Peru’s General Attorney Zoraida Ávalos took to social media

Juan Pablo Villafuerte was arrested on charges of human organ trafficking.” He said. Authorities are almost completely convinced that the online date did not act alone. These operations usually stem far and wide with multiple facets making up a much larger picture.

Karla has since posted again on Twitter, heartbroken at the shock and horror of what happened to her aunt. “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 what she should be remembered for.”

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.” You can find out more here on how to support the family through this trying time: Karla’s Twitter page.

Blanca Arellano, found dead in Peru
Image Credit: @itskararellano on Twitter

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  1. Twitter. Karla Arellano
  2. Woman who flew 3,000 miles for an online date was allegedly killed for her organs.” Unilad. Claire Reid. November 23, 2022
  3. Woman flew 3,000 miles to meet online boyfriend before being murdered for her organs.” Independent. Johanna Chisholm. November 26, 2022.