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Dutchman confessed to Peru death, police say

Associated Press / June 8, 2010

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LIMA — Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young woman in his Lima hotel room last week, a police spokesman said.

Police Colonel Abel Gamarra, head of the Information Directorate of Police, said late last night that van der Sloot admitted under questioning that he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

Police planned to take van der Sloot to the hotel today to participate in a reconstruction of the events leading to Flores’s slaying, Gamarra said.

Gamarra did not provide further details about the confession.

A Peruvian television station, Channel 4, said it had obtained details about van der Sloot’s confession in which he reportedly told police that he killed Flores because he got angry when he found out that she had looked up information about his past on his laptop.

Flores, a university student studying business administration, was found beaten to death in the hotel room where the Dutchman had stayed for a poker tournament.

She was last seen alive on a hotel video the night of May 30 entering van der Sloot’s room.

Van der Sloot has long been considered the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Holloway, of Alabama, on the Caribbean resort island of Aruba. He was arrested twice, but freed both times for lack of evidence.

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