The hunt for John Paulos: Texas man at large as DJ GF Valentina Trespalacios found dead in suitcase
BOGOTA, COLUMBIA: Police are looking for the suspect boyfriend of a 23-year-old Colombian DJ who was found dead inside a suitcase at a dumpster in Fontibon, Bogota, on January 22. After an autopsy revealed significant grooves in Valentina Trespalacios' neck that may have been caused by strangulation, police concluded that she had been choked to death.
According to local media, Valentina's American boyfriend John Poulos, 35, is the prime suspect. Since police made the horrific revelation, he has been missing and has erased his accounts on social media. The well-known DJ has approximately 16,000 Instagram followers.
A man noticed the suitcase in a dumpster and phoned the police after being frightened to see Valentina Trespalacios' body inside when he opened it. Investigators examined the site and discovered the DJ's personal belongings next to her body. One of the items is a student ID from Uninpahu University, where Valentina was allegedly pursuing trade and global business technology, reports The Sun. She had a "pressure groove in the hyoid region," according to autopsy findings, but no other obvious injuries. According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Camilo Torres, efforts are being made to identify the alleged criminals using surveillance cameras in the vicinity.
Where is John Paulos?
As per the reports, Valentina went to a party with her boyfriend John Paulos. The American is said to have flown from his home to the Colombian capital to pop the question. Police are currently trying to confirm whether he has left the country. According to Tropicana Columbia, mother Laura Hidalgo said that Valentina's 13-year-old brother was the last person in the family core to see the artist alive, and she showed him the apartment where she resided with John Poulos through video conference. Speaking to LAFM, the victim's mother said Poulos had a relationship with the DJ for about 8 to 9 months. "They had already traveled together, they had already shared an apartment together when he came to Colombia."
Speaking about niece Valentina, the heartbroken uncle Carlos Trespalacios said, "She was a national and international DJ with a great future, she was hired by the best clubs in Bogota and the country and she also had the opportunity to go to other South American countries," reported The Sun.