Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch citizen connected with the disappearance and likely death of American teenager Natalee Holloway, is being sought in the apparent murder of Stephany Flores, 21, a Peruvian woman found dead in a Lima hotel room.
Van der Sloot was seen entering the hotel in the company of Flores at 5 AM on Sunday, May 30. Four hours later, van der Sloot was seen leaving the hotel alone. Stephany Flores was found dead in the hotel room on Wednesday, clothed, but with signs of abrasions and other trauma on her body, Exact cause of death is pending an autopsy.
Van der Sloot is thought to have taken a bus to Peru’s southern province and may have crossed the border into Chile. Van der Sloot is being sought by authorities in both Peru and neighboring Chile. Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant. The border with Argentina is also being watched just in case van der Sloot tries to enter that country.
Eerily, the murder of Stephany Flores took place five years to the day that Natalee Holloway, an American teenager on a senior class trip to Aruba, vanished. Joran van der Sloot, who was seen in the company of Holloway, is widely believed to have been involved in some way in her disappearance and probable death. Van der Sloot has been arrested twice in connection with the case, but released each time due to lack of evidence. Many commentators have criticized the Aruban and Dutch authorities for botching the investigation.
The murder in Peru is a different matter entirely. If Joran van der Sloot is guilty of the murder of Stephany Flores, he did not have the opportunity to dispose of the body as he allegedly did with Holloway. Van der Sloot very likely left forensic evidence on Stephany Flores’s body that would tend to incriminate him, if he murdered her.
Peru does not retain the death penalty for ordinary murder. But jail in South America is very likely not a pleasant experience.
The matter of the date of Stephany Flores’s murder is quite astonishing. Was it a strange coincidence or is there something more going on?
In any case, provided that he is found guilty, Joran van der Sloot seems to have repeated a common pattern of criminals who have “gotten away with” a major crime, only to be caught committing a similar crime years later. The case of O.J. Simpson, acquitted of a double murder he is widely believed to have committed, only to be convicted years later of armed robbery. Is it hubris or just fate? Either way, the final reckoning for Joran van der Sloot may at last be at hand.
Source: Chile Police Hunt Van der Sloot in Peru Murder, AP, June 3rd, 2010