Cops Dismiss New Natalee Holloway Confession

Suspect says he dumped her body
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 11:20 AM CST
Cops Dismiss New Natalee Holloway Confession
Joran van der Sloot after being released from custody near Oranjestad, Aruba, in 2007.   (AP Photo)

The young Dutchman who has been arrested twice in connection with the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 is on tape confessing to dumping her body—but the prosecutor doesn’t believe him. Joran van der Sloot’s claim that he disposed of her body “in a swamp on the north end of the island” is “unbelievable,” the prosecutor tells CNN. “He was very unspecific.”

The tape found its way into the hands of a Dutch television station, which shared it with Aruban authorities. “Obviously, our initial response was skeptical,” an exec says. But in the end, “it's up to the viewers to form their own opinions on the matter” by, of course, watching a special set to air this weekend. Why would van der Sloot continue to make up egregious lies? “Maybe he wanted to be on camera or make some money,” the prosecutor says. (More Natalee Holloway stories.)

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