Prime suspect in Natalee Holloway murder to be extradited to US 18 years after her disappearance

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Peru will send convicted murderer Joran van Der Sloot to the United States for extortion and fraud charges related to the disappearance and murder of an Alabama teen in Aruba 2005. This comes after years of developments in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared during a high school graduation trip in May 2005. 

Holloway’s disappearance prompted a sweeping investigation and hightened media attention, with authorities determining she was last seen with Van der Sloot and another man.

In 2012, Van der Sloot was arrested in Peru for the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, who was killed five years to the day after Holloway’s disappearance. 

Prosecutors accused him of killing Flores to rob her after learning that she had won money at the casino where the two met. He confessed to Flores’ murder and was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2010 murder.

Van der Sloot is once again in the public spotlight because of his upcoming extradition to the United States. 

Van Der Sloot’s extradition is due to an alleged attempt to profit from his connection to Holloway’s disappearance. A grand jury in Alabama in 2010 indicted Van der Sloot on wire fraud and extortion charges, accusing him of trying to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Holloways.

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