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July 17, 2005

Joran van der Sloot Walks on the Beach, Again

Posted in: Natalee Holloway

In what seems to becoming a weekend ritual, Joran van der Sloot, was taken by Aruban investigators on Saturday to retrace his steps on the beach where he states he last saw Natalee Holloway.

Police took a jailed Dutch teenager Saturday to retrace his steps at the beach where he says he last saw an Alabama teenager the morning she disappeared in Aruba.

Police took Joran van der Sloot, 17, to a beach near the Marriott Hotel where he has admitted to being alone with 18-year-old Natalee Holloway in the early hours of May 30, said police superintendent Jan van der Straaten.

Van der Straaten declined to provide further details, saying only that it was “part of the investigation.” Police have taken van der Sloot to the site before.

Van der Sloot’s mother, Anita, has said her son told her he was alone with Holloway on the beach but did not harm her.

The beach is near the Holiday Inn where Holloway had been staying during a graduation trip with 124 classmates. She vanished hours before she was to catch her flight home.

One wonders why the need to continuously take Joran to the same beach to retrace the footsteps of one of his many supposed accounts of what he claimed to have happened that night? We were told that there was a confession early on in the investigation and then it was retracted by Aruban authorities. Which leads to two questions to the LE:

One, if the investigators had retracted any such story as never happening then why do they keep going back to this same spot on the beach retracing Joran’s foot steps?

Two, if the confession did occur as originally stated, as it may have since they are now retracing Joran’s footsteps of that night with Natalee now, why didn’t this happen when it was first said?

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