On May 30, 2005, Holloway enjoyed an evening at the Carlos’n Charlie’s establishment in Oranjestad, Aruba.
Van der Sloot, who was 17 at the time, was seen leaving with a group of local young men in a gray Honda, marking the final occasion the 18-year-old girl was spotted.
The story of Van der Sloot’s changed over the years, but he spoke to her for the first time when he returned to the hotel, even though the surveillance footage never showed that she came back to the Holiday Inn.
In June 2005, van der Sloot and two siblings, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, were apprehended on suspicion of abduction and homicide.
By September 2005, all three individuals were released without any accusations.
Van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, left Natalee Holloway and went to the beach that night before flying to New York for an interview with ABC News in February 2006, while he was in the Netherlands for school.
He claimed, refuting any involvement in her harm or demise, “When I last laid eyes on her, she was seated on the shore beside the sea.”
In November 2007, Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were apprehended once more.
By December 2007, all three individuals were released without any accusations.
The claims made by Van der Sloot could not be confirmed by Aruban authorities. Nevertheless, when a recording surfaced in which he described Holloway’s demise, captured secretly by Dutch journalist Peter de Vries using a concealed camera, the case against van der Sloot was reopened in 2008.
Allegedly, Van der Sloot requested a sum of money – $250,000, with an upfront payment of $25,000 – from Beth Holloway, Holloway’s mother, in March 2010, in return for disclosing the whereabouts of her daughter’s remains.
During a sting operation, prosecutors recorded an account at Sloot’s bank where $15,000 was wired to Beth Holloway in cash, with $10,000 given to him at a hotel in Aruba by John Q. Kelly, attorney for Beth Holloway.
According to the impact, the prosecutors stated that she was instantly killed and her head struck a rock. He asserted that he had thrown her to the ground, but she insisted on being placed down. Van der Sloot purportedly altered his narrative regarding the evening he had spent with Natalee Holloway.
Prosecutors stated that the structure’s base concealed the deceased body of Natalee Holloway, asserting that his father, Van der Sloot, supposedly escorted Kelly to a residence.
According to prosecutors, Kelly subsequently sent an email to van der Sloot, stating that the information he had given was “useless.”
In a matter of days, van der Sloot departed from Aruba and traveled to Peru.
In Lima, Peru, van der Sloot murdered Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old university student, in his accommodation. Flores was discovered brutally killed on May 30, 2010, five years subsequent to Holloway’s disappearance.
He subsequently escaped across the frontier to Chile.
In June 2010, van der Sloot was apprehended in Chile and transported to Peru to confront allegations for the killing of Flores.
Beth, who is Attorney Holloway’s associate, was indicted in March 2010 on federal charges of extortion and wire fraud in connection with Aruba. Van der Sloot was also alleged to be involved in these crimes.
On January 12, 2012, a judge in Alabama pronounced Holloway legally deceased.
Meanwhile, in Peru on Jan. 13, 2012, van der Sloot admitted his guilt in the murder of Flores and received a 28-year prison sentence.
In the courtroom, van der Sloot expressed, ‘Since the very beginning, my intention was to genuinely admit my guilt,’ regarding the killing of Flores. ‘I genuinely feel remorseful for this action.’
In May 2023, arrangements for van der Sloot’s transfer from Peru to the U.S. Were disclosed.
Beth Holloway said in a statement in May that I have been blessed to have Natalee in my life for exactly 18 years, this month and for 18 years without me being.
Holloway Beth said, “We are finally getting together for Natalee’s justice. The journey has been very long and painful, but many of us have persevered. Now she would be 36 years old.”
On June 8, 2023, van der Sloot was transported to the United States, arriving at an airport in Birmingham, Alabama.
He is set to be brought before a judge on June 9 at 11 a.M. CT in a Birmingham courthouse.
Jeca Taudte from ABC News contributed to this report.