By QMI Agency
Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot says he knows where missing U.S. teen Natalee Holloway’s body is, Peruvian police told reporters Friday.
“He let slip that he knew the place where this person was buried,” Gen. Cesar Guardia told The Associated Press. But he told police “he would only testify (on the matter) before Aruba authorities.”
However, Guardia told the news organization he is not sure he believes the accused murderer, who has been evasive about the Alabama teen’s whereabouts in the past.
Van der Sloot, 22, has long been the only suspect in Halloway’s disappearance, though there has never been enough evidence against him to lay charges.
Halloway went missing five years ago in Aruba. Van der Sloot has been twice detained and questioned about her disappearance.
The case came to light again last week when Van der Sloot was arrested for the killing of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old woman from Lima. After a lengthy interrogation Monday, he confessed to killing her.
Flores, who was killed five years to the day after Halloway disappeared, was found May 30 in Van der Sloot’s Peru hotel room, her body beaten and neck broken.
Flores and Van der Sloot reportedly met that night while playing poker in a casino. Video surveillance shows the pair entering the hotel room, and Van der Sloot leaving alone three hours later.
He told police he went to the gas station, and returned to find Flores going through his computer. He said they started arguing, when Flores slapped him.
He told police he hit her back and grabbed her neck.
Guardia told The Associated Press the 6-foot-3 Van der Sloot smashed her with an elbow before strangling her and throwing her to the floor of his room.
Maximo Altez, Van der Sloot’s attorney, told CNN he will ask to have the confession withdrawn, as Van der Sloot made it in the presence of a state-appointed defense lawyer.
Guardia told The Associated Press the confession is perfectly admissible, and that the evidence against Van der Sloot is strong, including blood stains on his clothing.
If tried and convicted on murder charges, Van der Sloot could face from 15 to 35 years in prison.
CNN reports that Van der Sloot contacted a representative of Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, on or around March 29 to ask for $250,000 in exchange for information on the whereabouts on the girl’s remains. That representative was reportedly an undercover FBI agent.
According to reports, FBI allowed him to be paid $25,000 in a sting operation in Aruba last month. But they held off on arresting him, and he took the money and flew to Peru.