Almost 20 years after her murder, Natalee Holloway’s parents have finally found some closure.
Beth and Dave Holloway both provided victim impact statements in the trial that led Joran van der Sloot to confess to murdering their then-18-year-old daughter in Aruba in 2005. The confession was made public on Wednesday, as the now 36-year-old Dutch man entered a plea deal with federal prosecutors in an extortion case related to the murder.
“Joran van der Sloot is no longer the suspect in my daughter’s murder,” Beth told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, according to CBS News. “He is the killer.”
Natalee was on a high graduation trip in May 2005 when she met van der Sloot and was allegedly killed after rejecting his romantic advances. Per CBS, in an interview with his attorney, van der Sloot said that the two were kissing on the beach, and when Holloway tried to stop things from going further, van der Sloot kicked her in the face before hitting her in the head with a cement block.
He then claims to have disposed of her body in the ocean. Natalee’s remains have never been discovered.