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Former Holloway suspect captured in Peru murder case

AFP , SANTIAGO

A Dutch national linked to a US teenager’s disappearance in Aruba five years ago has been captured in Chile and held in a probe into the murder of a Peruvian woman, Chilean police said here.

Joran van der Sloot, 22, was stopped in a taxi in Santiago after entering the country from Peru on Monday, police said.

Police said he would be flown to the border city of Arica yesterday and turned over to Peruvian authorities on the border.

Peruvian police were searching for him after the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, 21, the daughter of Peruvian businessman and race car driver Ricardo Flores Chipoco.

Van der Sloot was named as a key suspect in the highly publicized 2005 disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba and twice arrested, but charges were never brought against him.

Flores’s body was found Tuesday in a hotel in Lima’s Miraflores District, Peruvian police said.

“We have footage and witness statements that [van der Sloot] was entering the hotel with the victim” just before her death, General Cesar Guardia Vasquez, the Peruvian police director of criminal investigations, said.

The victim’s father told reporters his daughter was killed at dawn on Sunday after meeting van der Sloot in a casino.

Holloway, an 18-year-old US student, had traveled to the Dutch-ruled Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 where she disappeared. Her body was never found.

Van de Sloot was later videotaped saying Holloway died after suffering a seizure and that an acquaintance helped him dump the body into the sea.

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