A suspect in the case of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba admits he lied about the last time he saw her on the night she vanished, but he insists she was fine when he left her, according to a television interview.
Joran van der Sloot, 18, was one of three men jailed this summer in Natalee Holloway’s May 30 disappearance. He talked to a producer for “A Current Affair” in Holland, where he is attending college. The interview is scheduled to air Monday.
Holloway was last seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot and two brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe.
The three young men were released on the condition they remain available to police for questioning. But earlier this month, an appeals court overturned that, saying there was a “lack of sufficient grounds and serious suspicions” to keep the restrictions.
Van der Sloot and the brothers initially told police they dropped Holloway off alone at her hotel but later admitted van der Sloot was dropped off with the teen.
“We agreed to lie,” van der Sloot said, according to a transcript of the show.
He insists the night ended when he left her alone on the beach.
“She wanted to stay here the whole night. I told her no I had to go. I even lifted her up to carry her back to the hotel, and she told me to put her down,” he said in the interview.
Extensive searches have failed to find any trace of Holloway, who vanished on the final night of a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island.
Van der Sloot said he had been drinking with Holloway when they left with the Kalpoe brothers.
“Obviously she was drunk. I had stuff to drink, too,” van der Sloot said. “She wanted to go with me. I wanted to go with her. It was totally consensual.”