Beth Holloway, mother of an 18-year-old Alabama woman who disappeared in Aruba during her senior class trip in 2005, expects the prime suspect in her daughter’s disappearance to arrive in Birmingham in the next few days to face charges of wire fraud and extortion for demanding money from Holloway to reveal details of her daughter’s death.
Peruvian officials confirmed the government there had agreed to the extradition of Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence for the murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman in 2010, NBC News reported.
Natalee Holloway was last seen with van der Sloot on May 30, 2005. She was declared dead in 2012.
Van der Sloot is reportedly being extradited to face charges stemming from a 2010 federal grand jury indictment, as CrimeOnline previously reported. According to the indictment, Holloway wired $15,000 directly to van der Sloot and another $10,000 to her attorney John Q. Kelly so he could deliver the money to van der Sloot in person in Aruba. If any remains were confirmed to be Natalee, van der Sloot would be paid the remaining $225,000.
But Van der Sloot’s information was “worthless,” he admitted, keeping the $25,000 he got from Holloway and Kelly and prompting the federal indictment.
The Dutch national was also once arrested in the case of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance but was released and never charged.
He is serving a 28-year sentence for the death of Stephany Flores in 2010.
A source close to Beth Holloway told WIAT that Holloway expects van der Sloot to arrive in Birmingham within the next week.
Van der Sloot’s attorney in Peru, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press he intended to fight the extradition once he was notified of its approval.
The US State Department declined to comment.
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[Featured image: Joran van der Sloot/Peruvian mug shot, left, Natalee Holloway/FBI]