Pal Linked to Natalee Death Denies Involvement

Prime suspect says friend dumped body
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2008 10:14 AM CST
Joran van der Sloot poses in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in this April 24, 2007, file photo. Hidden camera footage broadcast in the Netherlands on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, showed Van der Sloot saying he...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A man linked to the death of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway denies having anything to do with disposing her body, reports ABC News. Suspect Joren Van der Sloot told a Dutch journalist on a hidden camera that his friend dumped Holloway's body in the waters off Aruba. He "put me in trouble for nothing," said Van der Sloot's angry Aruban buddy.

Daury Rodriguez said he met with authorities investigating the case yesterday to tell them he was in Holland when Holloway disappeared 2 years ago. Aruban officials are trying to reopen a case against Van der Sloot following his videotaped remarks, in which he said Holloway mysteriously died while they were kissing on the beach.