Man in his 40s arrested on suspicion of murdering woman in Peru and fleeing to UK


A man has been arrested in the UK on suspicion of a murder of a woman in Peru.

The man, in his 40s, was arrested today by Kent Police with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police.

He remains in custody at this time.

Officers say are working closely with the Peruvian authorities as part of this investigation.

It is believed the arrest relates to the death of Karla Xiomara Zelaya Godoy who was found wrapped in a bin liner in a shallow grave under a patio in Peru.

The Honduran-Spanish national had set up a life for herself in London. She had jetted off to the South American country last month to enjoy the sights with her boyfriend 46-year-old Jorge Alfredo Minaya Garay.

Karla, who had an eight-year-old daughter, had travelled to Peru last month to be with him where she visited tourist hotspots like Machu Picchu.

Police said Karla’s last known contact was with her mother, who lives in Spain, on September 22.

During the call, Karla was riding in a taxi with partner Garay when she told her mum she was heading off on a trip to Carabayllo to visit her mother-in-law.

All contact then stopped between Karla and her family. The next they heard from the couple was when Jorge Minaya returned to their shared home in London on October 4.

Her body was found buried inside a blue plastic bag in a shallow grave under the patio of the grandmother’s home in Carabayllo, according to americantv reported.

It is understood that Garay had fled Peru and flown to the UK.

After the alleged escape, police received an audio recording of Garay speaking on the phone to Karla’s brother Erick Zelaya, La Prensa reported.

In an alleged confession, he revealed he had murdered Karla and buried her body on his grandmother’s property, located in a remote area of the north Lima town.

The reported confession was broadcast on Good Morning Peru.

His grandmother reportedly confirmed he had been at her home but had left and did not say where he was going.

Kent Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.