A MAN has been charged with the murder of a London mother who was found dead in a shallow grave during a dream holiday in Peru.
Karla Xiomara Zelaya Godoy, 36, a Spanish-Honduran national, went missing while traveling with her boyfriend to his family near Lima in late September.
Peruvian police have confirmed that a mother-of-one, who was living with her partner in London, was strangled.
Her body was found wrapped in blue plastic wrap in Carabayllo, north of Lima, according to a chilling tip.
Jorge Garay, 46, of Hythe Street, Dartford, has been charged by Kent and Essex Police with the murder of 36-year-old Karla Godoy in Lima between September 21 and October 2.
Garay was arrested in London on Saturday with the support of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Prosecutors approved the charges against him on Sunday.
Garay, who knew Ms Godoy, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Officers continue to work closely with Peruvian authorities as part of the ongoing investigation.”
The couple visited various tourist hotspots in Peru, including Machu Picchu and the capital Lima, and shared pictures of their dream trip on a WhatsApp group.
Karla reportedly last spoke to her mother on September 22 while she was in a cab north of Lima.
She told her she was going to Spain the next day – but was never heard from again.
Police officers in Peru launched an investigation into her disappearance on October 3 – 11 days – initially believing she had been kidnapped.
But her body was later found in a shallow grave, with police reportedly taking more than 10 hours to recover the remains.
Karla’s boss 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.”
Company CEO Mary-Jane Pettit said: “Her heart was filled with so much love for her daughter and her family.
“Karla will be sorely missed and her friends and work family are devastated.
“Our love and prayers are with Karla’s family at this very sad time.”
The company boss said she and her team were told on October 4 that Karla had disappeared.
Within minutes, they found they could use an app they typically use to keep in touch with remote workers to try and find them.
Sales director Sean Coleman contacted Connecteam, the publisher of the software, and alerted police officers in the UK and various embassies.
Karla’s body was later found near her last known location on the app.
The company is now raising funds for Karla’s eight-year-old daughter and hopes to raise £10,000 for the little girl.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6459018/man-charged-murder-london-mum-shallow-grave-peru/ Kent man, 46, charged with murdering a London mother whose body was found in a shallow grave 6,000 miles away in Peru