Natalee Holloway Prime Suspect to be Extradited to U.S.

Beth Holloway faces another Mother’s Day Sunday without her daughter.

Natalee & Beth Holloway

The mother of Natalee Holloway made the following statement Wednesday about new developments in the disappearance of her daughter in Aruba 18 years ago.

“She would be 36 years old now. It has been a very long and painful journey, but the persistence of many is going to pay off. Together, we are finally getting justice for Natalee.”

Five years after Holloway’s disappearance, Joran van der Sloot killed  21-year-old Peruvian student Stephany Flores, whom he met in a Lima casino in 2010. He is currently serving 28 years in a Peruvian prison for that murder.

Flores Van der Sloot

The Peruvian government granted the United States’ request to extradite Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the Holloway case, to face a U.S. trial for alleged extortion and wire fraud related to the missing American student.

The U.S. indictment charges Van der Sloot with wire fraud and extortion related to the Holloway case.

Natalee Holloway

The FBI indicated that van der Sloot was attempting to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother.

• He asked for $25,000 to disclose the location of her daughter’s body.

• He demanded an additional $225,000 when the remains were recovered.

• In a recorded sting operation, van der Sloot pointed to a home where he said the young woman was buried, then later admitting to lying about the location in following emails.

Maximo Altez, van der Sloot’s lawyer, told the Associated Press that he will challenge the extradition decision once the Peruvian government officially notifies him. Previously, the suspect had made it known to the court that he would dispute any motions of extradition to the U.S.

Holloway vanished while on a trip celebrating her high school graduation in 2005.

Over the years, there have been numerous supposed leads in the case, including conflicting statements from van der Sloot himself, who was arrested twice but never charged.

•He claimed to have left Natalee alone and drunk on a beach.

•He was also caught on hidden camera apparently confessing to the killing.

• He even told Fox News that he sold her into slavery.

While the case remains unsolved, Beth Holloway remains determined.

“I was blessed to have had Natalee in my life for 18 years, and as of this month, I have been without her for exactly 18 years,” she said.


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