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Holloway Suspect Arrested in Chile; Charged in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -Soon after a Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba was arrested in Chile, Alabama filed charges.

Joran van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht), who's a suspect in the death of a woman in Peru, was charged today in Alabama with wire fraud and trying to extort $250,000 in return for disclosing the location of Holloway's body.

Van der Sloot has long been a suspect in the disappearance of the Alabama 18-year-old, who was on a senior trip to Aruba.

Now he's wanted in Peru, where a young woman's body was found in his Lima hotel room. Stephany Flores' neck was broken. She died five years to the day that Holloway disappeared. Flores' father says "This isn't a coincidence, this is murder."

A Holloway family attorney hopes that if authorities have enough proof that he committed the crime in Peru, he might confess in Natalee's case.

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