Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman who remains the chief suspect in the 2005 slaying of American teen Natalee Holloway, has confessed to murdering Stephany Flores in Peru. The young woman reportedly was a lesbian.
According to the Associated Press, van der Sloot, 22, was arrested Thursday in Chile and returned to Lima for questioning, where he confessed to murdering Flores, who was 21. She was killed May 30, almost exactly five years to the day Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, where van der Sloot's late father was a prominent judge.
"Van der Sloot, 22, and Flores were seen on hotel security cameras going into his room together," reported the AP. "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."
Flores reportedly was a lesbian, according to comments made Monday on Good Morning America.
If tried and convicted of the murder, van der Sloot could face 35 years in prison.
The body of Holloway, who was 18 when she went missing in 2005, has never been found.