The questions about the murder of Valentina Trespalacios They keep Colombia in suspense. The body of the 23-year-old wasfound in a suitcase in a garbage dump in the city of Bogotá on Sunday, January 22, just two days after moving into an apartment with her American boyfriend.
Laura Hidalgo, Valentina’s mother, lives her worst nightmare since she received a call from a friend of her daughter’s that Sunday. He told her that they had found Valentina’s body abandoned in a suitcase, with signs of suffocation. Initially, Laura couldn’t believe what she was hearing, so she started calling her daughter on the phone, without getting an answer.
When she was contacted by the authorities, Laura learned that the tragic news was true and that the last person to see her daughter alive was her boyfriend, John Nelson Poulos, who was already arrested in Panama.
The last weekend of Valentina Trespalacios
Three days before her death, Valentina took all her belongings out of the apartment she shared with her mother and transported them in a car to her new residence, an apartment that her boyfriend just rented for the weekend.
In a video sent to her mother late Friday, Valentina appears happy with Poulos, taking what seemed like the next step in their relationship. The dj also showed her emotion when she had a video call with her younger brother showing her her apartment. That was the last time her family heard from her.
On Saturday there was no communication, except for an intriguing message that Valentina left for her mother: “Not everything in life is easy. Everything has a sacrifice.”
At night, the couple went to the Nexus nightclub, where Valentina was playing music. In the images, obtained by La Vanguard, You can see the woman who was wearing a black shirt and pants, just like Poulos.
Both arrived in a dark gray Aveo car at 3:48 in the morning on Sunday, January 22. Valentina’s presentation started at 3:52 and ended at 4:48.
The videos show the couple leaving the club at 6:51 and that would be the last time the young woman was seen alive. That same day, at 3:00 p.m., a recycler found her body in the Fontibón neighborhood.
the clues of the crime
The InDriver taxi driver who took Valentina and Poulos to the disco, hours before the murder, revealed a piece of information that suggests that she already suspected that something could happen to him.
“When she gets in the car, before he (Poulos) gets in, she screams and tells me ‘oh, why did I write this?'” The driver says that The woman showed him a message written on her cell phone that said “help, I’m in danger.”
The taxi driver asked her if she was okay, to which she no longer responded because just at that moment her boyfriend got into the car. Ignoring the message, the driver took the couple to their destination under the man’s directions.
Another clue that points to Poulos as the perpetrator of the crime is that The American closed his Instagram account on Sunday and blocked all the numbers of Valentina’s relativesbefore leaving Colombia.
In addition, he had already shown a character that Laura, Valentina’s mother, considered worrying. According to the victim’s family, Poulos was a controlling and jealous man who, last December, hired a private investigator to follow Valentina’s movements.
The autopsy report showed that the young woman was strangled with a rope and beaten several times.
Relationship arose in app
John Nelson Poulos, a Wisconsin native, He is 35 years old and has been in a relationship with Valentina for eight months.
Hairstylist Victoria Jimenez told DailyMail.com that Trespalacios had met Poulos through an online dating app. ‘She started dating him. The guy started coming (to Colombia). He was sending her gifts. He was treating her well,” she recounted.
According to a friend of the couple, who was also at the disco early Sunday morning but chose to remain anonymous, Valentina left the place quickly because she was in a bad mood and angry with her boyfriend.
In a statement made to Timethe friend assured that Poulos is involved with another woman in the United States who has three daughters.
The National Police informs that Interpol Panama detected the presence of the American citizen Poulos John Nelson, after the alert given by the Republic of Colombia, for the murder of DJ Valentina Trespalacios. pic.twitter.com/fDkaE65gRj
– National Police (@ProtegeryServir) January 25, 2023
The man was arrested trying to flee to Istanbul, Turkey, at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama.
According to RCN newsauthorities said Poulos tried to avoid capture by buying also a first class ticket from Panama City to São Paulo. Tickets to São Paulo and Istanbul were purchased with cash to prevent law enforcement from following in their footsteps.
One of the mugshots released by the Panamanian immigration agency showed Poulos had a scratch on the left side of her face, a possible indication that Trespalacios fought to defend herself from the man who planned to marry her. (YO)
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