Aruba Suspect Confesses to Killing Natalee Holloway

Aruba police official: Suspect confesses to killing missing teen (CNN)

Photo: Aruba Suspect  Confesses to Killing Natalee Holloway Caption Natalee Holloway met one of the suspects the day before she vanished, authorities say. One of three young suspects arrested Thursday in the investigation into the disappearance of an Alabama teenager has confessed to her killing, a senior police official said late Friday.

Police did not say which of the three confessed to the killing of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway. The three have been identified as brothers Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Depak Kalpoe, 21, and their friend, 17-year-old Joran Van Der Sloot, the son of a judge. The three, taken into custody early Thursday, were the last people to have reported seeing the missing woman.

While this could be a false rumor or the suspect could be confessing falsely for some reason I can’t fathom, the circumstances of her disappearance always made it quite likely that Holloway was indeed murdered. Sad news.

Update (0735): Aruba Police: Suspect Leading Us to Scene (AP)

Police investigating the disappearance of an Alabama teenager in Aruba said one of three young men in custody has admitted “something bad happened” to her during her island visit. Deputy Police Commissioner Gerold Dompig told The Associated Press that the man was leading police late Friday to the scene.


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  1. Joanne says:

    I can only ask the questions.

    Why, in God’s Holy Name, would someone kill this 18-year-old teenager through no provication whatsoever?

    What kind of minds do some humans possess who willingly perpetrate the most evil acts imaginable?

    How does someone capable of such a deed escape detection of their unhealthy, suspicious traits?

    In this world of ours we have to balance our awareness with our trust. We must be alert to everything, everyone…unfortunate but true, I think.

  2. Al Wromke says:

    A very sad day. An ill wind that does no one any good. Our sympathy to the parents and friends of the deceased.