Joran Van Der Sloot Update June 7: Peru Hotel Video With Flores
Joran Van Der Sloot is Now in Custody in Peru and Police Have Released Surveillance Footage From the Hotel Showing Him and Stephany Flores Entering Van Der Sloot's Room Together
In the video footage that was released on Saturday, it shows Joran Van Der Sloot and Stephany Flores entering Joran's hotel room in Peru together and then Joran leaving by himself four hours later. Flores was found dead in the hotel room and it is now believed her neck had been broken.
"The only possessions of my daughter they found were her empty wallet and her cell phone," her father, circus empresario Ricardo Flores, said in TV interview Sunday night. "There wasn't a peso in her wallet."
On Sunday a video was broadcast on Peruvian TV of Van Der Sloot's belongings being searched by police in his presence. In his bag the police pull out a laptop, a number of bills in foreign currency and a business card holder. Van Der Sloot tells them that his credit cards and documents are in a hotel room in Chile. There are reports in the Lima newspaper El Comercia that Van Der Sloot said he was innocent of killing Stephany Flores but the chief homicide investigator said he does not know where that information came from.
"I don't know where that information came from," Canlla told The Associated Press. "We are still in the investigative stage."
He has reportedly admitted to meeting Flores and the hotel tapes is evidence they did know each other at least.
Van Der Sloot will spend all week being questioned about Flores' death. He is being held in a cell on the seventh floor and gets three hot meals a day according to KTLA News.
He has been asked to be allowed to hire his own lawyer, but for now he is represented by a state-appointed attorney. He reportedly spoke to his mother for the first time on the phone on Saturday but it is not known if his mother intends to travel to Peru. If he is tried and convicted of murder he could receive up to 35 years in prison. He has also been charged with extortion in the United States for trying to obtain money from Natalee Holloway's family in exchange for information.
Van Der Sloot has always been the main suspect in Holloway's death but there was never enough evidence to convict him.