Natalee Holloway Disappearance Suspect to Face U.S. Charges

A man connected to the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager, will be temporarily extradited to the United States from Peru to face extortion and wire fraud charges, the Peruvian authorities said on Wednesday.

Ms. Holloway disappeared during a trip to the Dutch island with her Alabama high school class at age 18. She was declared dead in 2012, and the unsolved case has long generated great public interest in the United States. First there was intense news coverage, then true-crime books and feature-length films.

The suspect, Joran van der Sloot, is a citizen of the Netherlands who grew up in Aruba and has been linked for years to Ms. Holloway’s disappearance. According to the F.B.I., she was last seen leaving an Aruba nightclub in a car with him and two other young men around 1:30 a.m. on May 30, 2005.

Mr. van der Sloot is in Peru serving a 28-year prison sentence for murder in a separate case: the 2010 strangulation death of Stephany Flores, a…

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