TRIBUTES have been paid to a “beautiful and loving” London mother who was found dead in a bag in a shallow grave in Peru. Karla Zelaya Godoy, 37, traveled to the country last month for a romantic getaway with her boyfriend Jorge Alfredo Minaya Garay, 46.
But Karla was later reported missing by her family and on Wednesday night, police found human remains stuffed in a blue bag in a shallow grave after a chilling tip-off.
Officers are believed to have been sent a voice recording of a conversation between Jorge and Karla’s brother, Eric Zelaya, a Peruvian newspaper. trade reports.
In the call, Jorge allegedly confessed to murdering Karla and burying her body under the patio of his grandmother’s house in a remote area of northern Lima.
Karla’s boss has now paid tribute to the mother of one, describing her as a “beautiful soul” who “brought sunshine into everyone’s lives with her carefree spirit and loving nature.”
Karla, a Honduran-Spanish national, and Jorge lived in London and worked at the HMRC truck park in Ebbsfleet, employees of Pioneer Facilities Management.
The company’s chief executive, Mary-Jane Pettit, said: “His heart was so full of love for his daughter and her family.
“Karla will be sorely missed and her friends and family at work are beside themselves with grief.
“Our love and prayers go out to Karla’s family at this very sad time.”
the company is now fundraising for Karla’s eight-year-old daughter, hoping to raise £10,000 for the girl.
Mary-Jane said she and her team were told on Oct. 4 that the couple was missing, the day before they were due to return to work.
Within minutes they realized they could use an app they use to keep in touch with remote employees to try to find Karla and Jorge.
Sales executive Sean Coleman contacted the software’s publishers, Connecteam, and alerted UK police and various embassies.
Karla’s body was later found in Carabayllo, north of Lima, a short distance from where the app showed her last known location.
It was also the place where Jorge supposedly confessed to having buried her.
Detectives are now said to be looking for him, amid fears he may be in the UK.
Karla and Jorge visited various tourist spots in Peru, including Machu Picchu and the capital city of Lima, and shared images of their dream trip in a WhatsApp group.
Karla reportedly last spoke to her mother on September 22 while she was in a taxi with Jorge to visit her grandmother in northern Lima.
She told her mother that she would go to Spain the next day, but she was never heard from again.
Police in Peru launched an investigation into her disappearance on October 3, 11 days after her disappearance, initially believing that she had been kidnapped.
But police officers found human remains at Jorge’s grandmother’s house after allegedly receiving a recording of a phone call.
Police reportedly took more than 10 hours to recover the remains.
A spokesperson for the Embassy of Peru in London told The Sun: “This Embassy is aware of the situation, while the Consulate General of Peru in London is carrying out the pertinent consultations with the Peruvian authorities.”