January 13th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years in prison for Peru murder

Joran van der Sloot on Friday was sentenced to 28 years in a Peruvian prison for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

With credit for time served, his sentence would end on June 10, 2038.

He was also ordered to pay about $74,500 to the victim's family.

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old Dutch national confessed to the charges of "qualified murder" and simple robbery.

It was an apparent attempt to win a more lenient sentence, using a plea called an "anticipated conclusion of the process" under Peruvian law.

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Natalee Holloway declared legally dead
Beth Holloway founded the International Safe Travels Foundations after Natalee's disappearance.
January 12th, 2012
04:33 AM ET

Natalee Holloway declared legally dead

[Updated 3:03 p.m.] An Alabama judge Thursday signed an order declaring Natalee Holloway  officially dead.  The teenager disappeared on a trip to Aruba in 2005. Her body has not been found.

[Posted 4:33 a.m.]An Alabama judge will consider a request Thursday to have Natalee Holloway, the teen who went missing in Aruba in 2005, declared dead.

A probate judge may make the decision at a presumption of death hearing at a Birmingham courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Holloway vanished in 2005 while on a graduation trip to Aruba. No one has been charged in the case.

Holloway was 18 when she was last seen in the early hours of May 30, 2005, leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with Joran van der Sloot and two other men.

She was visiting the island with about 100 classmates to celebrate their graduation from Mountain Brook High School in suburban Birmingham.

Van der Sloot was detained twice in connection with Holloway's disappearance but never charged.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him in connection with the killing of a Peruvian woman in 2010.

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Father asks Natalee Holloway be declared dead
Natalee Holloway disappeared on Aruba in 2005.
September 14th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Father asks Natalee Holloway be declared dead

The father of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who vanished while on a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005, has asked a court to declare his daughter dead.

Dave Holloway filed a petition for the presumption of death of persons missing more than five years with Jefferson County Probate Court in Alabama on June, 21, chief clerk Jackie Rhodes confirmed to CNN.

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November 23rd, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Jawbone in Aruba doesn't belong to Natalee Holloway

Tests were done to see a bone that was found was human -- and if it was a match to Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m.] A portion of a jawbone recently found on a beach in Aruba is human - but is not Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who was last seen on the island in 2005, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities said dental records used to compare the small amount of the DNA on the bone did not match. Solicitor General Taco Stein said there was a molar present in the jawbone and dental records determined Holloway had her molars taken out - ruling out the possibility that the bone was a part of her remains.

"Based on dental records, it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came from Natalee Holloway," the Aruban Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Stein also added that officials had "no new leads" in the Holloway case.

The tests, conducted at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, were to first determine whether the jawbone found on an island beach is that of a human or that of an animal. If the bone is human, authorities said, they would attempt to determine through DNA testing if it belonged to Holloway. The Alabama 18-year-old was last seen on the island in 2005.

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November 18th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

On the Radar: Miners in U.S., Rangel punished

Miners in America – The men who survived 69 days in a Chilean mine are in Atlanta, Georgia, on their first U.S. tour since being rescued last month. The miners are on their way to Los Angeles, California, to tape "CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute," which will air on Thanksgiving.

"I want to see the world," said 27-year-old miner Richard Villarroell, who has only been to Argentina. "I know all of Chile, but not the rest of the world."

CNN Heroes brings attention to regular people around the globe who are doing significant things that improve lives. The Chileans were invited because they symbolize the resiliency and endurance of the human spirit.

Rangel punished, Murkowski claims win – Politics is making news Thursday from New York to Alaska. New York Rep. Charles Rangel will be punished by his colleagues for violating House rules. The House ethics committee meets today and could recommend anything from a fine to expulsion. In Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has finally declared victory over fellow-Republican Joe Miller. The votes are still being counted. Murkowski would be the first write-in candidate to win a Senate race since Strom Thurmond in 1954.

Mystery bone - Investigators hope to determine Thursday whether a jawbone found on an Aruba beach belongs to an animal or a human. It's possible that the bone is from the body of Natalee Holloway, the missing American teenager. If the bone is human, authorities will attempt to find out using a DNA match whether it belongs to Holloway, who was last seen on the island in 2005. The Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague is examining the bone. Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in the Holloway case, is being held in Castro-Castro prison in Peru on another murder charge. Holloway's mother met with him recently.

November 16th, 2010
10:48 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:

Longtime Hollywood publicist killed: Ronni Chasen, 64, was gunned down on Sunset Boulevard early Tuesday, just minutes after she left a star-studded party to celebrate the premiere of the movie "Burlesque," police said.  Chasen died when "multiple shots" were fired into her Mercedes, police said.

Royal nuptials: Britain's Prince William asked his girlfriend Kate Middleton to marry him, he said Tuesday, setting up the most anticipated royal wedding since Prince Charles and Diana, princess of Wales, got married nearly 30 years ago. William gave Diana's sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring to his fiancee when he popped the question during a vacation in Kenya last month, he said.

GOP senators snip earmarks: The GOP caucus in the Senate agreed Tuesday night to ban earmarks, a policy House Republicans have in place and are expected to keep in the new Congress. The idea of prohibiting members from designating funding for specific projects in their states or districts is popular with reform-minded deficit hawks, but it has traditionally been opposed by some congressional veterans.

They killed Kenny, now this? Just a few weeks after apologizing for lifting lines from a parody of "Inception," the producers of "South Park," along with Comedy Central and parent company Viacom, have been sued for allegedly infringing on the copyright of the YouTube viral video "What What (in the Butt)," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bone tested in Holloway case: A jawbone found on an Aruban beach will undergo forensic testing to determine whether it is human and, if so, whether it belongs to Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, last seen on the island in 2005, authorities said Tuesday. "They are testing for a DNA match," said Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken.

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November 16th, 2010
09:01 PM ET

Bone found in Aruba to be tested in Holloway case

A jawbone found on an Aruban beach will undergo forensic testing to determine whether it is human and, if so, whether it belongs to Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, last seen on the island in 2005, authorities said Tuesday.

Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken said a part of the bone was sent to the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands.

It will be analyzed to determine whether it belongs to an animal or human, he said. If it is human, authorities will attempt to find out whether it belongs to Holloway.

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November 16th, 2010
07:40 AM ET

Bone found in Aruba tested for Holloway connection

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 while on a vacation with her Alabama classmates.

Dutch forensic experts are analyzing a bone found on a beach in Aruba to see whether it's human and if so, whether it came from missing American teen Natalee Holloway, a Dutch newspaper reports.

"We are investigating some bone material sent from Aruba from the prosecutor's office," Inge Oevering, spokesperson for the NFI forensic institute in The Hague, Netherlands, told CNN. "We are trying to identify whether these bones are human. Once we establish if the bones are human we will try to get a DNA profile. All the findings will be sent back to the prosecutor's office, who will decide whether they are released."

The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said the bone was a jawbone and was found near Aruba's Phoenix hotel, a location previously noted by Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in Holloway's disappearance.

He is in jail in Peru, charged with murdering another young woman.

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June 11th, 2010
09:33 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

Van der Sloot charged in Peru murder: Joran van der Sloot was charged with murder Friday, acting "with ferocity and great cruelty" in the slaying of a 21-year-old student in Lima, Peru, according to court documents.

Mobster says Amanda Knox is innocent:  A jailed Italian mobster claims he can prove American student Amanda Knox, her former boyfriend and a drifter are innocent of murdering Knox's British roommate because he knows who the real killer is - his brother.

Crews contact missing teen sailor: Australian authorities on Friday made contact with a 16-year-old American girl who triggered a distress signal while attempting to sail solo around the world.

16 dead, 36 missing in Arkansas flooding: At least 16 people died at a federal campground in Arkansas after heavy rain and flash flooding Friday, and many more could be trapped in the area, state authorities said.

Van der Sloot says he knows location of Holloway's body, official says: Joran van der Sloot told investigators that he knows where Natalee Holloway's body is, but he would neither identify the location nor say what happened to her the night of her disappearance, Peruvian police official told CNN.


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June 8th, 2010
10:46 PM ET

Van der Sloot faces prisons known for harsh conditions

Joran van der Sloot, Stephany Flores, Natalee Holloway. These names dominated Google trends for most of Tuesday, when news broke that van der Sloot allegedly confessed to Peruvian authorities to killing Flores. Adding to the intrigue, sources close to the investigation said the Dutchman admitted to killing Flores after she discovered information on his laptop linking him to the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

"Peru prisons" was also a popular search term late in the afternoon, with many wondering what kind of conditions van der Sloot might face if he enters one of Peru's 71 active prisons.

A 2009 U.S. State Department report on Peru's human rights record noted that while the South American country's government generally respects the human rights of its citizens, prison conditions were harsh for the country's 44,800 inmates - 17,297 of whom were awaiting sentencing as of December 2009, according to the report.

Among the areas of serious concern highlighted were overcrowding, poor sanitation and inadequate nutrition and health care. The San Juan de Lurigancho men's prison held 9,874 prisoners in a facility designed for 3,204 and incidences of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS were reportedly at near-epidemic levels, according to the report.

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June 8th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Holloway's mom urges prayers for Peru victim's family

Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba in 2005. Joran Van der Sloot was arrested twice, but never charged in the case.

The mother of Natalee Holloway on Tuesday urged her supporters to keep "in our hearts and in our prayers" the family of the woman that Joran van der Sloot is now accused of killing.

Beth Holloway made the remark at the opening of a resource center in Washington for the families of missing persons, a center that bears her daughter's name.

Van der Sloot was arrested twice in connection with Natalee Holloway's 2005 disappearance in Aruba but was released for lack of evidence. He denied any involvement and has not been charged in the Holloway case, but was arrested last week by authorities in Peru in connection with the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez.

Dutch youth lives under shadow of Holloway case 5 years later

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