Joran van der Sloot Key Suspect in New Crime

Joran van der Sloot, 22, who was a key suspect in the highly publicized 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba, is being sought in Chile in connection with the stabbing death of a Peruvian woman in a Lima hotel. The woman is Stephany Flores Ramirez, 21, daughter of Peruvian businessman and race car driver Ricardo Flores Chipoco. Flores’s body was found Tuesday in a hotel in Lima’s Miraflores district.

A Dutch national based in Aruba, van der Sloot entered Chile from Peru (and before then, from Colombia) on Monday. Police inspector Douglas Rodriguez said a manhunt was under way in the northern city of Arica in response to a request from Interpol. General Cesar Guardia Vasquez, the Peruvian police director of criminal investigations, said that there are footage and witness statements proving that van der Sloot entered the hotel with the victim just before her death.

Van der Sloot was held but never charged in Aruba in the case of Holloway, an 18-year-old American student who had traveled to the Caribbean island where she disappeared. Her body was never found.
He was arrested again in 2007 by Dutch authorities, but was released for lack of evidence. He was videotaped saying that Holloway had died after suffering a seizure and that an acquaintance helped him dump the body into the sea but later he claimed that he had made the comments under the influence of marijuana.

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