On June 22, 2005, van der Sloot's father, Paulus, too was arrested.Four days later Paulus van der Sloot and Croes were released.
From the start, van der Sloot and the Kalpoes were known to be the last people seen with Natalee while she was alive.
When first questioned, they said they left the club with her to go to the California Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island to look for sharks.
Van der Sloot was arrested in Chile, and deported to Peru. He was later indicted on the charges on June 30, 2010.
Van der Sloot pleaded guilty and is now serving a 28 1/2 year sentence in Peru.
Van der Sloot, an avid gambler, took the money to Peru.
On May 30, 2010, five years to the day of Natalee's disappearance, 21-year-old student Stephany Flores was reported missing, and found murdered three days later in van der Sloot's hotel room. Attorney's Office in Birmingham charged van der Sloot with extortion and wire fraud.
every day." "That morning I was checking roll and she wasn't there,'' Plummer told
"I was thinking, 'She's here somewhere' and I continued thinking that, but as more days went by, it was apparent something bad had happened." Something bad did happen, though to this day, no one knows for sure the details of what is believed to be the last hours of her life.
"When something comes up significant, you fall back down into that emotional state of trauma.