Murder Suspect Joran van der Sloot Detained in Chile

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in Chile say they have detained Joran van der Sloot, who is wanted for the murder of a young woman in Peru.

Van der Sloot has long been a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Now he was apparently the last person seen with a Peruvian woman who was found dead in a hotel room in Lima.

An international manhunt for van der Sloot began yesterday. Chilean police spokeswoman Macarena Olivares says the 22-year-old Dutchman was taken into custody in the capital of Santiago on Thursday.

Back in Peru, police Gen. Cesar Guardia said at a news conference that the body of 21-year-old Stephany Flores was found Wednesday in a hotel room where van der Sloot had been staying. He also said the woman was seen with the suspect early Sunday, the day she was killed.

Guardia said van der Sloot was in Peru for a poker tournament, and appears with Flores in a video taken at a Lima casino early Sunday. The two were later seen entering the hotel by one of its employees about 5 a.m. He said van der Sloot departed alone about four hours later.

The killing occurred exactly five years after the May 30, 2005, disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway during a high school trip to Aruba. Her body was never found. Van der Sloot was arrested twice and questioned, but never charged.