The primary suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot, and his father allegedly rented a boat and “took care of things,” according to an email that has recently come to light.
Van der Sloot claimed in a letter to “David G” that “My dad got a boat two days later” after the Alabama teen vanished while on a field trip to Aruba, according to The Messenger on Saturday.
“We took care of things and went for a ride. I’m going to stop there,” the email stated.
In June, Van der Sloot was extradited to the US to face fraud and extortion charges related to the 18-year-old Holloway’s disappearance. She was last seen leaving a bar with the 17-year-old at the time, who was named as a suspect in her disappearance but never put on trial for her homicide.
Since admitting guilt for the May 2010 m*urder of student Stephany Flores, 21, whom he strangled at a casino in Lima precisely five years after Holloway vanished, Van der Sloot, now 35, has spent more than ten years in prison in Peru.
One investigator told The Messanger that in the 18 years since Holloway vanished, authorities in Aruba have looked into van der Sloot’s assertions that he repeatedly dumped the teen’s body at sea.
Unidentified Aruba investigator told the outlet that “it’s always seemed most likely that she was taken out on a boat.” “However, the key is identifying the person who would have led him there to carry it out. He and his father lacked a personal boat.
Van der Sloot has previously asserted that he dumped Holloway’s body at sea, but authorities have not been able to corroborate this theory.
Van der Sloot claimed that Holloway passed away after having a seizure while they were having se*x on the beach in a 2008 interview with Dutch journalists Peter De Vries and Patrick van der Eem conducted undercover.
In the years since the interview, van der Sloot has maintained that he lied to the journalists, but at the time of the interview, he claimed to have called a friend named Daury who assisted him in loading her onto a boat and throwing her body overboard.
Van der Sloot has offered a wide range of contradictory explanations for what transpired to the missing teen since her disappearance.
Van der Sloot allegedly agreed to divulge Holloway’s body’s location in exchange for $250,000 in May 2010. After receiving a $25,000 advance payment, he then took Beth Holloway’s attorney to the location where he claimed her remains were hidden, but later walked back the strange story.
Van der Sloot later acknowledged that he had made up the entire tale in an email that was sent from the same address.
He is currently charged with lying about Holloway’s whereabouts and extorting money from her parents in the US.
According to a resolution published in Peru’s federal register, van der Sloot’s time in the US “will be extended until the conclusion of the criminal proceedings,” including the appeals procedure, if there is one.
The resolution also states that the US government agrees to later hand over van der Sloot to Peru.
In January 2012, Holloway, whose remains have never been discovered, was ruled legally dead.