Joran van der Sloot, the dude that had something to do with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway recently went “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren to finally tell the “truth” about what happened back in May 2005. Read more on the Natalee Holloway story updates below.
Any of you following the Natalee Holloway case has heard Joran Van der Sloot change his story many times. Back in 2006, Joran said he had left Natalee Holloway on the beach, and that was the last he saw of her. Then in 2008, Van der Sloot was seen on hidden camera saying Natalee had collapsed and he got rid of her body.
But now, Joran says he wants to tell the truth and wants all of this “to be over”. In his new interview, Joran says he actually sold Natalee Holloway to a Venezuelan man looking for a “blonde girl” for $10,000.
As Van der Sloot was prodded for more details, he stopped talking. And it gets even stranger… he later calls Fox to say he actually made up the story about selling Natalee Holloway.
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Authorities in Aruba say they’re looking into new evidence that could lead to an arrest 3 ½ years after Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared on a senior class trip to the island.
Aruban police are investigating two new tips they hope will provide the corroborating evidence they need to make an arrest, lead prosecutor Hans Mos told CNN.
New details are out but still leave Dutch student Joran van der Sloot to be the prime suspect in Holloway’s disappearance.
A new witness has emerged, authorities say, who can place van der Sloot and his father, Paulus van der Sloot, near a pond on the island at 4 a.m. on the day Natalee Holloway disappeared.
The witness told authorities he saw a young man, wet from the chest down and wearing only one shoe, running along a road from the pond to a fast-food restaurant.
The witness said he saw the young man and an older man driving slowly down the road in a red Jeep about 10 minutes later. The pond was not among those searched in the early stages of the investigation, Mos said.
A second witness, an old girlfriend of Joran Van der Sloot, also told police he made suspicious-sounding comments while they were on the beach. The witness, publicly known only as Celes, told police van der Sloot said: “Who knows? You may now be on the beach with someone who is able to get rid of a corpse.”
In addition, Mos said, two other witnesses have come forward. He declined to discuss those witnesses, other than to say he is hopeful the case can be solved.
“We are hoping to make a decision by the end of this year or early next year as to whether we will re-arrest [the younger] van der Sloot or not,” Mos told CNN.
Another key witness in the case is Dutch journalist Peter De Vries’ videotaped interview with van der Sloot. In the interview, van der Sloot acknowledges a friend helped him get rid of her body.
Mos said he is confident that the tape, which he characterizes as a confession, is admissible in court. With the new tips and new witnesses whose testimony impeaches earlier statements by van der Sloot and his father, Mos said he might have enough evidence to solve the mystery of what happened to Holloway.
The elder van der Sloot has told police he was at home, asleep in bed until 7 a.m. on the night in question. And, Joran van der Sloot has never been able to explain what happened to his tennis shoes, Mos said.
Holloway’s father, Dave, said the new developments caught him by surprise.
“Well, I really hope it’s true, because they even have Joran on tape confessing, and I don’t know what could be better than that,” he said.
Van der Sloot’s family and attorney did not return phone calls.
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Natalee Holloway, 19, vanished in May 2005 while on her senior class trip to the island. She was last seen at the popular night club Carlos ‘n Charlie’s early on the morning her class was due to fly home.
Her disappearance became the subject of a high-profile search and a massive media frenzy.
When Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe were arrested, they told conflicting stories. By that time, verifiable facts were hard to come by.
Van der Sloot is a member of a prominent Dutch family in Aruba. At the time of Holloway’s disappearance, his father was a judge in training. Joran van der Sloot and the brothers Kalpoe were arrested and let go twice in connection with Holloway’s disappearance.
“We simply did not yet have the corroborating evidence to take this to trial and win a conviction,” prosecutor Mos told CNN. “If we had a body even to determine cause of death, then we could piece some thing together.”
In February, the videotape of van der Sloot’s taped admission surfaced on Dutch television. De Vries, a famed Dutch journalist, set up a hidden camera capturing van der Sloot talking about Holloway’s last moments and how her body was disposed of “like an old rag.”
Since then, De Vries has set up another on-camera sting. It aired last week, showing van der Sloot meeting with undercover reporters who posed as Dutch sex industry bosses looking for Thai prostitutes to recruit to the Netherlands as sex slaves.
In the tape, van der Sloot allegedly promises to supply Thai girls for prostitution in Holland and accepts 1,000 Euros as advance payment for his services.
Apparently van der Sloot left the Netherlands late last year and has been living in Thailand for the last few months as a student.
Will we ever find out what really happened to Natalee Holloway?