‘The body of American teenager Natalee Holloway will never be found,’ Dutch student Joran van der Sloot was seen saying on a tv programme on Sunday night.
The 18-year-old vanished on the holiday island of Aruba in May 2005. Describing himself as ‘lucky’, Van der Sloot described how he phoned a friend to help dispose of her body. ‘The ocean is big’, he said.
Dutch tv crime reporter Peter R de Vries claims to have solved the mystery of her disappearance by using hidden cameras to record conversations between Van der Slot and a ‘friend’.
Sitting in the front seat of a car and smoking marijuana, Van der Sloot is seen talking about how Natalee started shaking and died after they had sex on the beach late at night. ‘She didn’t say anything anymore,’ he says.
After fitting a car with three secret cameras, De Vries was able to record a number of conversations with Van der Sloot as he went for drives with an older friend called Patrick van der Eem. Van der Eem approached De Vries offering to help with the investigation after meeting the student at a casino last year.
In one conversation Van der Sloot tells Van der Eem he phoned a friend called Daury to help get rid of Natalee’s body. Daury loaded it into his boat and dumped it at sea, Van der Sloot said.
On Friday, Van der Sloot said he had made the entire story up. His lawyer also said Van der Sloot had nothing to fear from Peter R de Vries’ revelations.
In another conversation, Van der Sloot talks constantly about the financial compensation he is the process of claiming. He has twice been arrested in connection with the disappearance.
The public prosecution department on Aruba described the recordings as a ‘very convincing story’ but said many facts still needed to be verified.
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