June 3rd, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Interpol: Joran van der Sloot arrested in Santiago

Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m.] Joran van der Sloot has been arrested and is in police custody in Santiago, Chile, an Interpol spokesperson in Santiago told CNN.

Van der Sloot, who was previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is the main suspect in this week's slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, officials said. She was was found Wednesday in a Lima, Peru, hotel room registered to van der Sloot. Chilean police told CNN that paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile on Wednesday.

Peruvian Interior Minister Octavio Salazar Miranda said Thursday that Peru has made arrangements with Interpol to extradite van der Sloot.

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[Updated at 12:33 p.m.] Chilean investigators have told CNN Chile that Joran van der Sloot was spotted in Arica, Chile, near the Peruvian border and they believe he may still be there.

[Posted at 11:59 a.m.] Peruvian authorities investigating a young woman's slaying this week are working with officials from Interpol, Chile, Argentina and Colombia in the search for Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, the Peruvian justice minister said Thursday.

There is "incriminating evidence" linking van der Sloot to the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was found with multiple stab wounds in a Lima hotel room Wednesday, Cesar Guardia Vasquez, of Chile Interpol's criminal investigations unit, said at a news conference.

The hotel room where Flores was found was registered in van der Sloot's name, he said.

A hotel guest and an employee witnessed the pair entering the hotel room together at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Guardia said.

Police have video of the previous night, May 29, of van der Sloot and Flores together at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima, he said.

According to immigration officials, van der Sloot fled to Chile over land on Monday, Guardia said.

"We have all the evidence to show that the killer is this man," the victim's father, businessman and race-car driver Ricardo Flores told CNN en Español.

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  1. Dawn

    Looks like we have the start of a multi-national serial killer on our hands.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weezie

      Dawn, I think he's a serial killer too! These two women are not the only ones he's done this too...there are more bodies spread around in his wake.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Traci

    hmmm..sounds like another O.J.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nellore S. Venkataraman

    Feed the SOB and his father alive to the Amzaon crocodiles

    June 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      feeding his father alive will be very hard since he died a couple of months ago.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      Uh, do you read? Dad is dead.

      June 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Suzanne

    I don't think he has the courage to kill himself! What a terrible tragedy. He is a rich, smug murderer and I would venture to guess these are not the only two women he has killed. I guess his Daddy's money has allowed him to become a rich, travelling gambler and playboy.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gregg

    Thank the lord that this kid's father is DEAD, as we don't need that family tree growing and dropping more murderers on the streets.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Even though I believe this kid is a POS... I don't approve of comments that say about his father "thank goodness he's dead." However, I do agree that it's a relief that this kid might finally have to fess up to his wrongdoing with no support of family.

      Karma comes back around for those who believe in it. Your comment is no exception. Think before you post out of anger...

      June 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumb

      Just an FYI. Serial killers don't run in families. Idiot.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wraithian

      "let's be real," indeed... There is nothing wrong in thanking whatever power you believe in (God, Allah, Karma, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, whatever) when a corrupt and evil man is dead. I wish nothing less for his corrupt, murdering offspring.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thunder Kitty

      @Let's be Real, I don't agree with the some of the things said about his father but I am glad he is dead. His father not holding him accountable for his actions over the years. Not raising him to be a productive citizen and giving him too much and not making him earn it helped to create the person he is. His father used his influence as a judge to get him off for killing Natalie and kept him from taking responsibility. Its ok to look out for your children, but if they committ and confess to a murder what does it say about you if you help them escape the consequenses. All his father did was help him to stay free so he could do it again. Who knows how many woman may have overdosed and died at his hands. I am happy his father is dead simply because he is not here to further help his son get away with murder and that's being real.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. katincal

    I'm sure the family of Natalie Holloway are saying to themselves – they should have prosecuted him the first time. If they had he wouldn't have been able to kill again. Well his daddy can't get him out of this one. I hope they find him and charge him with both murders.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      I wouldn't be surprised if Stephany's family does the following: (1) find him on their own and shoot him and (2) sue the government of Aruba/Dutch because they allowed this murderer to go free and murder again. There was enough evidence, there was the same night Natalee disappeared one of them 3 stupid idiots stated in face-book that she was dead. Then Van der Loser himself said what happened that he drugged her, abused her and that she passed out. Without medical training Van der Loser declared her dead and dumped her body in the ocean. He said it- still the government of Aruba/Dutch said it was still not enough evidence. After that his father dies- Did he died of a heart attack cause he couldn't take it that he had raised a murderer sociopath?

      June 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jessica


    June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      German? Really? They do not speak German at all. My mom is from Aruba and she sucks at that language. And that's a woman who is fluent in five languages.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wanda

    SIC 'em Danno!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mc1

    ok, now everyone sing it.....VAN...ON THE RUN.....VAN ON THE RUN!

    Hope this guy finally gets whats coming to him, and Holloway's family can get some justice

    June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      way too funny!!

      June 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eileen

      (Dang it now, mc1 – I'll have that song stuck in my brain all day.) It surely seems as though Joran did this crime, and I hope he rots in a nasty jail cell.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. suzy


    June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. barb

    he was just spotted, therefore he didn't commit suicide he's too much of a sociopath to off himself

    June 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steve

    Hopefully he'll do the right thing and kill himself.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Always knew it had to be him.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin

    If there was real justice at the end of this, both his attorney and family would be held responsible for the deaths of ,at least ,2 young women. I'd be back-tracking his travels up to now. Seems like a pattern emerging here. Life in a Peruvian prison sounds like just the ticket.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. justin time

    Well, like O.J..... Justice may be late, but will come...

    June 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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