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. AM

    He did take the coward's way out. His body was found a the Peruvian border. No more Daddy to help him out.

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

      Where did you hear this?

      June 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fenris

    He'll be caught. And he'll offer to tell about Natalie Holloway if he gets some kind of deal, like no death penalty.

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

      Natalee Holloway isn't peruvian, nor did she disappear in Peru. So why exactly would a peruvian prosecutor have any incentive to accept that plea deal?

      June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Morgan

    The loss of these two young ladies is tragic. I'm very sad for them and for their families.
    Now, regardless of his guilt, I want to know how this guy is getting so many ladies. As a young lady, myself, I find it hard to believe so many girls would go for him. He's kinda on the doofy side!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GNK808

    Where is his mother in all this? How much abuse do you think she's endured over the years by her husband and son?

    June 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carol Ander

    I can't disagree with much that has been posted. Just one thing everyone seems to have forgotten..........
    GOD IS GOD FOR ALL PEOPLE! HE OFFERS FORGIVENESS FOR ALL PEOPLE & ALL SINS. Whatever happens to this young man .......GOD WILL BE THE FINAL JUDGE!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      Wrong. Just because he is finally forgiven by God does not mean he will get away without paying his dues to the consequences of his chosen actions. In this realm or the other realm-which by the way, both realms exist within the limitlessness of God. Just because you are forgiven it does not mean you stop being bound by the law of consequences.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • CarolinaGal

      Carol Ander.. I agree with you 100%. Our Heavenly Father knows all about each of us and we will stand accountable for our life here. We are just passing though on our way back.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    The authorities in Aruba must be proud that they allowed him to kill again!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tu opapa

    You mess with the wrong people. You mess with peruvians and you will pay for that sucker!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry

    You reap what you sow. He's going to get his!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DEMON KILLER

    take his Worthless DEMONIC body and toss into the gulf, WHo knows, maybe his DEMONIC blood will clot the oil? Or worst – Toss into a volcano – DEAD OR ALIVE, PURE Demon , and his DADDY is in HELL as well – So might as well Let the demons have a HELL party for all of time!. And allow the holloways and his other victims have a chance to torment them from heaven – FLOODING there escape proof room in hell with beasts that eats them SLOWLY over and over.

    Oh wait – HELL hate them also – Send them to Purgitory instead – FORGOTTEN for all of time – there DEMONIC INFESTED souls to be SEALED from ever entering this plane again!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • wtmf

      Um...person...wtmf is wrong with you????? I suggest you seek professional help, instead of making ludicris rants on this page. You sound like the guy from Frailty.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      I hope you have read enough to know that the demons do not exist and that Satan was invented so that the elders who were in the process of translating the bible from the 73 books, could explain why bad things happen to good people. Even if Satan were to exist, then he is just a badass angel, therefore all the zillions of good angels are there to kick his sorry badass, why would anyone worry about it?

      June 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marksman

    I'd love to get him in the crosshairs and save society a lot of money.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PauletteB

    @Joel Weymouth. What you DON"T know about the Netherlands could fill this blog. Regardless, van der Sloot's daddy isn't going to be able to get him out of this one.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. solidus

    what if he was setup??

    June 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpope

      Oh good grief........ this guy's a sociopath, about as bad as they come............... Hopefully Interpol can find and this fellow be taken care of once and for all.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Me

    Where is his mother? How can she live with herself knowing that another woman has died at the hands of her son? Well, I hope the saying "what goes around comes around" is true. I'd like to see the day come when he is no longer breathing; and, he has to face his judgement in the spirit world with his victims as the jury.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      his mother is still in Aruba not controlling his actions. I'm sorry, but are you actually blaming her for his faults and murders?

      June 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      No Debrah, i'm not blaming her for his faults or his actions. I'm blaming her for being a part of this entire sordid mess. Her husband helped cover the first mess Joran made and no one will ever convince me that she knows nothing about Natalee's disappearance. I feel she is partly responsible for allowing her son to continue with his murderous ways.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      yes deborah I believe they are blaming the parents. We are what we are as a result of our parents and their parenting skills.
      how we behave is a reflection of what we were taught . Morals or lack of.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Kitty, I disagree. I know several cases where the parenting was good, but the children were bad. The way people are raised doesn't always equal the way people are. If someone is evil, he won't do good no matter how good his or her upbringing was.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    His father has found his special place in hell. What gets me is his mother. She also knows (as I would know if my children were capable of this or of lying about it) and allows Natalee's mother to go forth in life not knowing what happened to her daughter. Her special place is waiting as well. Now this guy has struck again. I understand wanting to protect your children, but really. Well Joran, time to face the piper. Who's going to cover this up for you???

    June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelsy

      I think families that cover up for antisocial offspring are also ultimately covering up for themselves and their reputations -they know that their parenting will likely come under scrutiny and be speculated about, rightly or wrongly. Even worse if you are a respected judge like Joran's father was.

      (um, am I imagining this or does Joran bear a strong resemblance to Frankenstein? Just the prominent frontal lobe and dorky hairstyle...)

      June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Valerie

    One tall, ugly, retarded looking white guy shouldn't be THAT hard to find in South America!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Good one, Valerie!

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

      OMG, Valerie your comment made me burst out laughing.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      Well, you might not know this, but there are zillions of all colors of skin people living in South America. Maybe you should travel more.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      rivi...it was a funny comment. chill.

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