Van der Sloot Indicted in Alabama for Extortion

Joran van der Sloot over photos of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway (left), and Stephany Flores. (CBS/AP)
Joran van der Sloot over photos of U.S. teen Natalie Holloway (left), and Stephany Flores. (CBS/AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (CBS/AP) Joran van der Sloot has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he tried to extort $250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway.

PICTURES: Van der Sloot Hotel Room Crime Scene

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said the Dutch national was indicted Wednesday in Birmingham on charges of wire fraud and extortion for soliciting money from Beth Holloway in exchange for information on where Natalee was buried.

Van der Sloot remains the sole suspect in the unresolved 2005 disappearance of the Alabama teen on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Van der Sloot is in prison in Peru, charged with murder in the May 30 death of Stephany Flores, 21, whom he met while playing poker in a casino. Police say van der Sloot gave a full confession of the crime; van der Sloot has unsuccessfully attempted to have the confession thrown out.

Explicit crime scene photos, obtained exclusively by 48 Hours | Mystery from sources close to the investigation and published exclusively by Crimesider show a severely beaten Flores, her body badly bruised, her clothes stained with blood.

If convicted in the murder of Stephany Flores, van der Sloot faces between 15 and 35 years in prison.

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