Girl Found 'Covered in Blood' in Van der Sloot's Room
Killing likely happened exactly 5 years after Holloway disappeared
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2010 12:15 PM CDT
In this undated photo from Peru's National Identification Registry is Stephany Flores.   (AP Photo/Registro Nacional de Identificacion y Estado Civil)

(Newser) – It's deja vu all over again for Joran Van der Sloot—except this time there's a very bloody body. Van der Sloot was named the top suspect yesterday in the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was found "covered in blood" in a Lima, Peru, hotel room booked under his name. Barbie Latza Nadeau outlines salacious new details in the case for the Daily Beast: Ramirez's fully clothed body, found wrapped in a sheet and lying facedown in her own blood, had multiple lesions, say police.

The coroner's report is pending, but the probable cause of death is strangulation or asphyxiation, and the time of death is 8:30am Sunday morning—precisely 5 years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared. Ramirez, who came from a wealthy Peruvian family (father Ricardo Flores, a former racecar driver, lost a bid to be the country's president), was captured on video leaving a Lima casino with Van der Sloot early Sunday. The two were seen in the hotel by an employee soon after. Van der Sloot had been in the city for two weeks to participate in a poker tournament; border records show he entered Chile on Monday.

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Jun 9, 2010 4:48 AM CDT
Too much video evidence. There was no way he could lie his way out of this. I proud of Peru for having video of him and young lady going to the room together. If only other countries would adopt policies for catching criminals instead of looking other way because of the money they possess. If he even thought for a minute he was getting away with another murder... he should be nominated for the dumbest criminal hall of fame.
Jun 8, 2010 5:57 PM CDT
it's comments from people like Berzillius that make my blood boil and wonder how many people there are out there like him that would defend a person WHEN THEY ADMIT to disposing of a person's body. DOesn't matter if they did it or not if they were involved AT ALL they deserve to have their can parked in jail. Law and Order USED TO BE what made AMerica different than these third world we have citizens like Berzillius who would rather find reasons to defend these arrogant pricks and overlook their confessions.
Jun 6, 2010 2:50 AM CDT
i believe a possibility exists she was given a drug i saw on news last year. a powder can be blown in someone's face and they lose all will. they will obey instructions. this is an actual drug. the video i have seen of them in the hotel. he is smiling, and she just follows him, head bowed. weird. i don't know if the drug lasts in the body.