Holloway suspect wanted in woman’s murder

A
Dutch man who was questioned in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee
Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba is a suspect in the slaying of a
21-year-old Peruvian woman.

Chief
of detectives Col. Miguel Canlla said police are seeking Joran van der Sloot,
22, in the Sunday killing of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores in a Lima
hotel.

El
Comercio newspaper in Lima reported that the girl was stabbed, according to
police. She is the daughter of a businessman and race car driver, Ricardo
Flores.

The
girl’s father, Ricardo Flores, said van der Sloot appears with her in video
taken at a Lima casino early Sunday.

Police
say they are seeking to confirm van der Sloot’s identity with the Dutch
Embassy.

Police
told El Comercio that she had been seen going out in recent days with van der
Sloot. He reportedly arrived in Peru on 14 May from Colombia and left the
country on Monday bound for Chile, according to RPP.com in Peru, citing immigration
officials. Interpol has been notified to assist in the search. Canlla says Peru
is asking Chilean authorities for help in the case.

The
victim’s body was found in a hotel room in the República de Panamá Avenue in
the Miraflores district.

Holloway,
18, of Mountain Brook, Ala., was last seen in public leaving a bar on the
Caribbean island of Aruba with van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers —
Deepak and Satish Kalpoe — hours before she was due to board a flight home from
a school trip. No trace of her has ever been found and no one has been charged
with the crime.

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