Posted tagged ‘Aruba’

Report: Joran Van der Sloot to be a Father

October 8, 2012

It appears that Joran Van der Sloot, who became well-known around the world for the murder of Stephany Flores and for being arrested twice in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, will soon be a father.

Van der Sloot’s lawyer stated that the pregnancy is not confirmed.

From CNN:

The Dutch citizen may be preparing to welcome a new child into the world while he is serving 28 years in a Peruvian prison for Flores’ death, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, which says it confirmed the news over the phone with van der Sloot himself.

The mother, identified only as “Leidi” by the newspaper, met van der Sloot in prison and became pregnant after an unsupervised visit with the jailed 28-year-old, the paper said.


Court Sentences Joran van der Sloot to 28 Years in Prison

January 13, 2012

Joran van der Sloot has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old woman he met at a casino in Lima.

van der Sloot frequently hung his head as the charges were read in court.

From USA Today:

The court, taking into account the time he has spent in jail, says he would be eligible to be freed in June 2038.

The prosecution has requested a 30 years sentence, but the court said it had reduced it by two years because of Van der Sloot’s “sincere confession” that led to a speedy conclusion of the case.

Van der Sloot, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing of Stephany Flores, 21, last year in a rage at his hotel room in the Peruvian capital.

Natalee Holloway Declared Dead

January 12, 2012

A judge has ruled Natalee Holloway dead, more than six years after she vanished in Aruba during a high school graduation trip.

With both of her parents present in the courtroom, Judge Alan King said he would sign an order to allow Holloways’ death certificate to be issued.

From CBS News:

“We’ve been dealing with her death for the last six and a half years,” Dave Holloway said after a brief hearing. He said the judge’s order closes one chapter in a long ordeal, but added: “We’ve still got a long way to go to get justice.

Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on May 30, 2005. The 18-year-old was last seen leaving a bar early that morning with a young Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot. Her body was never found and the ensuing searches for the young woman would reap intense media scrutiny and worldwide attention.


Joran Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty

January 11, 2012

Joran van der Sloot has pleaded guilty to charges that he killed Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room back in 2010.

Most believe that the case saw global attention because van der Sloot was arrested twice but never charged in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

From CNN:

“I am really sorry for what happened,” he told the three magistrates overseeing his trial in Lima, Peru, after pleading guilty to the “qualified murder” and simple robbery of Stephany Flores. There is no jury.

The 24-year-old Dutch national faces a sentence of 30 years in prison, but his attorney hopes his guilty plea, called an “anticipated conclusion of the process,” will reduce that term.

He will be sentenced Friday morning.

Casey Anthony: Jose Baez to Defend Aruba Suspect Gary Giordano

September 14, 2011

Jose Baez, who is most well known for his role as Casey Anthony’s attorney, says he will defend the U.S. businessman who’s being held in the presumed death of his travel companion in  Aruba.

From ABC News:

The defense attorney who helped get Casey Anthony acquitted of murder charges has flown to Aruba to take up the defense of Gary Giordano, the man held in the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner of Maryland.

Baez confirmed to ABC News today that he is in Aruba and will be joining the defense of Giordano, who has been in prison there since shortly after Gardner vanished on Aug. 2.

Shortly after the Casey Anthony verdict, Baez told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview, ”After I heard ‘not guilty,’ I had a moment. I thought, ‘My life is going to start to change.’”

Jawbone DOES NOT Belong to Natalee Holloway

November 23, 2010

Authorities in Aruba confirmed this morning that a portion of a jawbone recently found on a beach in Aruba is human…but does not belong to Natalee Holloway.

From CNN:

Authorities said dental records used to compare the small amount of the DNA on the bone did not match.

“Based on dental records, it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came from Natalee Holloway,” the Aruban Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

From the New York Post:

A jawbone found on an Aruban beach this month does not belong to long-missing US teen Natalee Holloway, authorities said Tuesday according to Dutch television network RTL.

The office of the Aruba Solicitor General came to the conclusion after sending the bone to the Netherlands for extensive dental, X-ray and DNA testing.

Natalee Holloway: Announcement Coming About Bone Found on Beach

November 22, 2010

Authorities plan to make an announcement tomorrow afternoon, November 23, surrounding tests performed on a bone found on an Aruba beach. Many have speculated that the bone could be from missing teenager Natalee Holloway.

From the Fox News:

The results of the forensic analysis on a jawbone found this month in Aruba will be announced on Tuesday, potentially providing the first piece of concrete evidence in the death of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway.

Ann Angela, a spokeswoman for the Aruba Prosecutor’s Office, told Fox News she did not have results of the analysis early Monday. Aruba Solicitor General Taco Stein will make a statement following the announcement, she said.

From CNN:

The tests, conducted at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, were to first determine whether the bone is that of a human or that of an animal. If the bone is human, authorities said, they would attempt to determine through DNA testing if it belonged to Holloway. The Alabama 18-year-old was last seen on the island in 2005.

Holloway’s dental records were sent to the forensic institute last week, according to the FBI.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch — a search-and-rescue organization that has looked for Natalee Holloway — said the girl’s father believes it is his daughter’s bone.

“Dave has been in contact with Aruban authorities and spoke with FBI this morning, the agent working the case. Dave believes it is Natalee,” Miller said about Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway.