Peru: woman murdered after participating in reality TV show

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Ruth Thalia Sayas, a reality TV show contestant, was found dead over the weekend, after her ex-boyfriend confessed to the murder, and led police to the scene of the crime.

Sayas had been the first contestant on reality TV show ‘El Valor de la Verdad’ (‘The Value of Truth’), a show based around asking a participant questions about his or her personal life, and often having them admit to embarrassing details about their life.

During her appearance on the show, Sayas admitted to having had sex in exchange for money, among other personal details. She won 15,000 soles for participating in the show.

Her parents, and her boyfriend, Bryan Romero Leiva, were present during the taping of the show, El Comercio reported.

Sayas’ parents said their daughter had been missing since September 12, and filed a report with the police, the daily said.

Initially, Romero claimed he was not guilty, but then confessed to the crime on Saturday.

Romero took police to where he had left Sayas’ body, at the Villas de Media Luna, in Jicamarca.

Previously Romero had confessed to having been embarrassed by Sayas’ revelations during the TV show.

"My pride was wounded, with my friends, with my family, with the way they look at me,” Romero said according to El Comercio.

Meanwhile, Sayas’ sister has claimed Sayas and Romero were no longer together when they filmed the show, and said he had only agreed to appear if Sayas paid him.

After the show aired, she said, Romero started asking for more money.

Leoncio Sayas, the victim’s father, said he believed his daughter had been killed for refusing to give Romero more money.

Ruth Thalia Sayas, a reality TV show contestant, was found dead over the weekend, after her ex-boyfriend confessed to the murder, and led police to the scene of the crime.

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