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

(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.

In this undated photo from Peru's National Identification Registry is Stephany Flores.
In this undated photo from Peru's National Identification Registry is Stephany Flores.   (AP Photo/Registro Nacional de Identificacion y Estado Civil)
Peruvian businessman Ricardo Flores, talks outside of his home with reporters while holding up two photos of Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot in Lima, Wednesday, June 2.
Peruvian businessman Ricardo Flores, talks outside of his home with reporters while holding up two photos of Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot in Lima, Wednesday, June 2.   (AP Photo)
In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 file photo Joran van der Sloot, sits in a car after being released released from custody as a suspect in the disappearance of American tourist Natalee Holloway near Oranjestad, Aruba.
In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 file photo Joran van der Sloot, sits in a car after being released released from custody as a suspect in the disappearance of American tourist Natalee Holloway near Oranjestad,...   (AP Photo/Pedro Famous Diaz)
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