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Joran van der Sloot headed to Peru after confessing to Natalee Holloway murder

Yoran van der Sloot has confessed to murdering Natalie Holloway in Aruba in 2005 and plans to return to Peru.

About two weeks after Beth Holloway pleaded guilty to extortion charges against her family, her publicist George Patriot Seymour told Fox News Digital that van der Sloot said he had left the United States and was on his way back to Peru.

The delivery was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed due to “mechanical issues with the aircraft,” the Federal Security Service said in a statement.

As part of the plea agreement, van der Sloot revealed what happened to Natalie Holloway, who was 18 at the time of her disappearance. Van der Sloot told prosecutors and law enforcement officials that when Natalie Holloway rejected his sexual advances on the beach, he killed her by crushing her head with a concrete block.

Joran van der Sloot confesses to murdering Natalie Holloway

Natalie Holloway (left) and Joran van der Sloot (right) (Associated Press, Getty Images)

In a recorded confession on October 3, Van der Sloot said he grabbed a concrete block, adding: “I hit her completely over the head with it.”

“Her face is basically falling apart,” he says. Even though it’s dark, you can see that her face is crushed.

Van der Sloot said he then dragged her body into the sea.

A spokeswoman for Beth Holloway said the confession brings “closure” to the family.

“Beth Holloway said she always wanted answers and wanted to know the truth about what happened to Natalie. Getting those answers is better than justice in court.” Seymour said. “For 20 years, Beth has held out hope that one day she would discover the truth about what happened to her beloved daughter. She now has the answer, and although it won’t bring Natalie back, , she got the closure she deserved. To the officials in the United States and Peru who made this moment possible, and to the media and people of goodwill around the world who kept this story in the spotlight. I sincerely thank you for your support.”

Court releases audio of Joran van der Sloot’s confession of Natalie Holloway

While in custody in Peru, Van der Sloot will serve a 20-year prison sentence in the United States and was ordered to pay $25,100 in restitution to the Holloway family.

“After 18 years, Natalie’s case is solved,” Beth Holloway told reporters after the hearing. “Joran van der Sloot is the murderer.”

Beth Holloway told the court that van der Sloot had caused her immense pain, calling Dutchman “hell”.

Beth Holloway believes Joran van der Sloot’s confession to murdering daughter Natalie is ‘corroborated’

Natalie Holloway's mother Beth appears in court after Joran van der Sloot's sentencing

Beth Holloway comes out to speak to the media after Joran Van den Sloot appears in front of the Hugo L. Black Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 in Birmingham, Alabama. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Federal prosecutors say van der Sloot, 36, tried to extort the family for information between $250,000 and $25,000 in advance, with the rest being used to identify Natalie Holloway’s body. It is said that he tried to make him pay after he found out.

“Beth Holloway said she always wanted answers and wanted to know the truth about what happened to Natalie, and that getting those answers was better than justice in a courtroom.”

—George Patriot Seymour, Beth Holloway Publicist

But U.S. prosecutors say Van der Sloot lied to Beth Holloway about the location of her daughter’s body. The alleged extortion scheme took place between March 29, 2010 and May 17, 2010. pleaded not guilty The charges were filed after a June hearing during which he was temporarily extradited from Peru to the United States.

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Natalie Holloway and her friends' smiles

Natalie Hallway (center) went missing during a spring break trip in 2005 and was never found. (FBI)

After the extortion plot, van der Sloot traveled to Peru and met 21-year-old Stephanie Flores at her father’s casino in Lima. Van der Sloot said that when he met Flores on May 30, 2010, he learned that Flores was involved in Natalie Holloway’s disappearance, became enraged, and killed Flores. Admitted.

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Beth Holloway speaks on the microphone

Beth Holloway fights back tears as she attends the launch of the Natalie Holloway Resource Center on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The U.S. charges were brought by federal prosecutors in 2010, but Peruvian authorities did not agree to release van der Sloot into U.S. custody until May.

FOX News’ Michael Lewis and Claudia Kelly Bazin; Samantha Daigle contributed to this report.

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