Longtime murder suspect Joran van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young Lima woman, police said early Tuesday.
The Dutchman, who had been detained twice in Aruba on suspicion of killing American teenager Natalee Holloway, was arrested last week on suspicion of killing Stephany Flores, 21, whom he had met while in Peru to play poker.
She was slain May 30 — five years to the day after Holloway, 18, vanished while on a school trip to Aruba. He was arrested in Chile on Thursday and returned to Peru for questioning.
Van der Sloot, 22, and Flores were seen on hotel security cameras going into his room together. Four hours later, he was filmed leaving the room alone. The woman's battered body was found on the room's floor more than two days later, her neck broken. By then he had gone to Chile, The Associated Press reports.
Flores was found dead late Tuesday, June 1. She had a broken neck, with multiple bruises and scratches on her body, but she was fully clothed, with no signs she had been sexually assaulted.
Flores was killed five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared. On Thursday, June 3, prosecutors in the U.S. charged van der Sloot with extortion in connection with the Holloway case, according to CBS News.