Joran Van Der Sloot, twice arrested in the mysterious disappearance of Natalee Holloway, has been named the prime suspect in the death of a young Peruvian woman found dead in a Lima hotel today, five days after she disappeared, and exactly 5 years to the day Natalee Hollway disappeared. As you may remember, Van der Sloot was twice arrested and released in connection with the disappearance of 18 year old Holloway, an American student who went missing while on a school trip to Aruba, five years ago.
Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, 21, disappeared Friday and was found dead this morning at the Miraflores Hotel Tac in Lima, Peru. Flores was last seen with Joran Van Der Sloot. Witnesses have come forward to say they saw the pair entering Van Der Sloot’s hotel room at 5:00 am. Flores was found beaten and stabbed to death in that same room booked in Van Der Sloot’s name.
Van Der Sloot has fled Peru, passing through customs undetected into Chile, and is on his way to Argentina. Peruvian officials are in the process of putting together an international warrant. Van Der Sloot reportedly entered Peru on May 14th and left on May 31st.
In another eerie connection to Holloway’s disappearance, Flores left a friend’s home Wednesday morning, and was last seen that evening leaving a casino with Van der Sloot. Surveillance cameras caught the pair leaving the casino together. Unlike Holloway, Flores is a local and daughter of a wealthy businessman and race car driver.
Holloway similarly disappeared after being last seen with Van der Sloot outside an Aruban night club on May 30, 2005. Van der Sloot was initially arrested in Holloway’s disappearance in June of that year. He was released and arrested again in 2007, when he was detained for questioning but never charged.