BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS/WIAT) Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen who vanished five years ago in Aruba, went to the Peruvian prison where the suspect Joran van der Sloot is being held on unrelated charges and spoke to him for about five minutes, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dutch media report that Beth Holloway was accompanied by Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries, who is
well-known for capturing several hidden camera "confessions" in which van der
Sloot told a variety of stories about Natalee's fate.
De Vries and Holloway reportedly made it to van der Sloot's cell, but were thrown out once
authorities discovered the hidden camera. There are
conflicting reports about what happened next: Beth Holloway may have been briefly detained, then released, or could still be in custody, reports WIAT.
WIAT reached the American embassy in Lima, but officials there were not certain whether Beth Holloway was or was not in custody.
According to Peru's TV station "24 Horas," van der Sloot hardly spoke to the two visitors, referring them to his "lawyer." That is consistent with what van der Sloot's Peruvian lawyer Maximo Altez told NBC News.
Altez also told NBC News that the visit was intended "to create a TV special which would include her, the Flores family, and an interview with Joran van der Sloot," reports WIAT. Altez said Dutch media "snuck Beth Holloway-Twitty into Castro Castro [the prison] without identifying who she was and put her face-to-face with Van der Sloot."
Holloway told Van der Sloot that she had "no hate in her soul" for him, Altez told NBC News, at which point the Dutchman handed her Altez's business card, claiming that he could not speak to her without his lawyer present. Prison officials then removed Holloway, de Vries and the rest of the Dutch news team from the prison, according to WIAT.
Van der Sloot is being held for the death of 21-year-old Peruvian student Stephany Flores, whom he confessed to fatally beating, strangling and suffocating in his Lima hotel room, according to transcripts of his signed confession. He has since recanted his confession in an interview with a Dutch newspaper, and has attempted - thus far unsuccessfully - to have the confession suppressed for a variety of reasons.
Flores' death occurred five years after Alabama teen Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, a case in which van der Sloot is the main suspect. The Dutchman faces charges of first-degree murder and robbery for the May 30 death of Stephany Flores.