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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soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. Conspiracy theorist

    It all seems too convenient for me. Just how dumb would you have to be to be seen in public with the girl and then kill her in a room that was registered in your own name? On the 5th anniversary of a huge murder you were accused of? When your daddy is no longer around to bail you out. Maybe the guy is a serial killer, but this doesn't fit. It's too easy. I bet someone set him up to catch him for the other ones he may have done....

    June 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    I have a feeling that he will not be found alive.

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

    He wasn't set up... why kill your self then?

    June 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aaron

    Well he sneaks around the world from Peru up to Aruba,
    he's wanted for questioning from Interpol to Chile,
    his daddy helped him once, but he's long dead and gone
    Tell me where in the world is Joran Van Der Sloot?

    June 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Sing that to the Carmen Sandiego theme song.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wade

    Who cares???? The world is full of people like this dirt bag. Find something else in the world to write about, and stop stroking this jerks ego CNN.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pirates

    Well if I was Holloway's family I would have spent years to set him up like this.

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

      What a ridiculous comment. You think Holloway's family would plan a covert murder of a young woman to trap van der Sloot? Why cause another family to have to mourn a daughter? Why wouldn't they just kill van der Sloot themselves if they were so inclined to exact revenge?

      Get a brain.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    Find him and shoot him on site!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Be

    Everyone should keep Natalie's mom in their prayers the 5 year anniversary date of a childs death is so hard and sad and now she has this to make it more difficult for her. As a bereaved parent myself I can tell you how utterly miserably sad the days are at the anniversary dates (it's always sad but those dates like the birthday and such are worse) I truly feel for her. Now the parents of Stephany will be suffering. My heart goes out to both families.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chucklehead

    It would give the Hollolway family some closure if they could get him to confess to Natalee's murder. Doubtful, though.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gene Smith

    When the law catches this creep, they should simply fill him with truth serum, find out where his victims are (including Natalie Holloway), locate the victims, then blow this b@stard's head off!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dave

    so if this is an every 5 year thing, someone should check the sandbox for his first killing.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. paige turner

    Wondering if their was ever an autopsy done on Dad? Wondering if Vandersloot could have given him something to kill him on the tennis court so Joran would get his inheritance. Wondering if this is what is funding his gambling and traveling?
    paige Turner

    June 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      I think it would be kinda hard for Joran to slip something into his fathers drinks since Joran hasn't been in Aruba forever.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    Very sad how people can carry around such rage and difunctionality and never get the help they need. He is crying out for something and I can't even guess what it must be. The poor families that stand in his screwed-up path, what a shame.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      It is a mental state called sociopathy where the sociopath is not able to produce empathy cells.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. uerls

    Look at the crazy eyes in even the most casual of pictures. Hope he didn't kill himself, jail is much more of a punishment for sociopaths with bloodlust.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Enrique

    Sarah, stop crying, we all know you love Joram, your mom if from Aruba, so what? the fact is that he is guilty on both deaths and maybe more. He better pray that the police will get him or turn himself in before the people get him, they will make him wish he never was born. I am from that part of the world, we have no mercy for dog crap like that.
    His father was thinking of how rotten him and his son were as he was laying on the ground having a heart attack. God is great.

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

      Um...are you talking about my original comment? Because I have no idea what you are talking about.

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