Murder suspect Joran van der Sloot spotted in northern Chilean city

June 3rd, 2010 - 2:42 pm ICT by BNO News  

joran ARICA, CHILE (BNO NEWS) — A Dutch man who is the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway and is being sought in connection with the murder of a young woman in Peru was spotted in a northern Chilean city on Wednesday, police said.

Douglas Rodriguez, a top police officer with the Chilean Investigation Police said Joran van der Sloot was spotted on Wednesday in Arica city, which lies adjacent to the Peruvian city of Tacna.

Rodriguez told reporters that police are looking for Van der Sloot in overnight accommodations. He said the suspect arrived in Chile from Peru in a taxi accompanied by two Peruvian men on May 31. The two Peruvians traveled back to Tacna on the same day.

Rodriguez said van der Sloot entered the country on a tourist visa.

Also on Wednesday, Van der Sloot’s attorney Joseph Tacopina told Peruvian radio network RPP that he received an “e-mail that appears to be from a third person who told me that Van der Sloot is attempting to contact me to get legal advice,” he said.

Tacopina noted that it would be “difficult” to defend Van der Sloot because he doesn’t know Peruvian laws.

Police in Lima said Van der Sloot, 22, is the main suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, whose body was found in the Miraflores District of Lima in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The victim’s father, Ricardo Flores, urged authorities to arrest him. “This is not his first murder. In 2005 he killed another girl,” Ricardo said, referring to Natalee Holloway. “But because the body was not found, he was released.”

Ricardo said he appealed to Interpol to help apprehend Van der Sloot. ” I don’t want to see more people suffering,” he said. “I want to avoid that this man continues to kill.”

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