- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 25, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect in the case of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba admits he lied about the last time he saw her on the night she vanished, but he insists she was fine, according to a television interview.

Joran van der Sloot, 18, was one of three men jailed this summer in Natalee Holloway’s May 30 disappearance. He talked to a producer of “A Current Affair” in the Netherlands, where he is attending college. The interview is scheduled to air today.

Miss Holloway, on the final night of a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island, was last seen leaving a bar with Mr. van der Sloot and two brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe.

“Obviously, she was drunk. I had stuff to drink, too,” Mr. van der Sloot said. “She wanted to go with me. I wanted to go with her. It was totally consensual.”

Mr. van der Sloot and the brothers initially told police they dropped off Miss Holloway alone at her hotel but later said Mr. van der Sloot was dropped off with the teen.

“We agreed to lie,” Mr. van der Sloot said, and insisted the night ended when he left her alone on the beach.

“She wanted to stay [on the beach] the whole night. I told her, no I had to go. I even lifted her up to carry her back to the hotel, and she told me to put her down,” he said in the interview.

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