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New Search for Natalee Holloway's Body as Joran van der Sloot Questioned in Peru Murder?

Joran van der Sloot, the young Dutchman long suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, is being sought in the killing of a woman in Peru. AP Photo

Joran van der Sloot (AP Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS/WIAT) The murder in Peru of Stephany Flores, allegedly at the hands of Joran van der Sloot, has sparked renewed interest from Aruban authorities in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, according to a report.

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Van der Sloot has long been considered the prime suspect in Holloway's death, and now, says Jossy Mansur, editor of the Diario Newspaper in Aruba, police are preparing to launch two new searches on the island in the hopes of locating Holloway's remains.

Mansur told CBS affiliate WIAT that the search will occur "by the bird sanctuary near the hotel" and also at Monserat dam on the island.

Mansur said that Aruban authorities "believe they must have missed something, some kind of evidence" related to Holloway's disappearance.

Holloway, of Mountain Brook, Ala., was 18 when she was last seen leaving a bar with Dutch national van der Sloot, then 17. He has been detained in the case several times but Aruban authorities have said they don't have enough evidence to charge him.

Van der Sloot is currently being held at criminal police headquarters in Lima, Peru while being questioned in the killing of Stephany Flores.

Flores was found dead late Tuesday, June 1, in the Lima hotel room where van der Sloot had been staying before he left the country. She had a broken neck, with multiple bruises and scratches on her body, but she was fully clothed, with no signs she had been sexually assaulted, according to The Associated Press. Flores was killed five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared. On Thursday, June 3, prosecutors in the U.S. charged van der Sloot with extortion in connection with the Holloway case.

Complete Joran van der Sloot Coverage on Crimesider.


  • Caroline Black

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