Missing teen Natalee Holloway declared dead
That investigation remains open, though there has been no recent activity, said Solicitor General Taco Stein, an official with the prosecutor’s office on the Dutch Caribbean island.
“The team that was acting in that investigation still is functioning as a team and they get together whenever there is information or things are needed in the case or a new tip arrives,” Stein said in a phone interview Thursday.
In Peru, Van der Sloot, 24, pleaded guilty this week to the murder of a 21-year-old woman he met at a Lima casino. Stephany Flores was killed five years to the day after Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from the wealthy Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, disappeared.
Shortly after Flores’ death on May 30, 2010, van der Sloot told police he killed the woman in Peru in a fit of rage after she discovered on his laptop his connection to the disappearance of Holloway. Police forensic experts disputed the claim.
Dave Holloway said he hopes van der Sloot, who is awaiting sentencing, gets a 30-year prison term sought by Peruvian prosecutors.
“Everybody knows his personality. I believe he is beyond rehabilitation,” Holloway said.
Attorneys said both parents expressed hope that van der Sloot’s next stop is Birmingham, where he faces federal charges accusing him of extorting $25,000 from Beth Holloway to reveal the location of her daughter’s body. Prosecutors said the money was paid, but nothing was disclosed about the missing woman’s whereabouts.
“I expect to see him in Birmingham,” Dave Holloway said Thursday.