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Natalee Holloway Center Opens With Van Der Sloot In News

On the same day we learned that Joran Van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, reportedly confessed to murdering a Peruvian woman, the mother of a missing Alabama teenager in another case in which he drew suspicion, was in Washington, D.C. to open a center to help families of missing persons.

Beth Holloway officially opened the center named for her daughter, Natalee Holloway, who was 18 when she disappeared in 2005 during a high school trip to Aruba.

Van der Sloot was questioned in the Holloway case but never charged. He was arrested in Chile last week and returned to Peru after a woman he was seen with in a hotel security video, Stephany Flores, was found dead in his hotel room.

On Tuesday came word from Peru that Van der Sloot confessed to Flores' murder. Law enforcement officials in the U.S. suspect him of trying to extort $250,000 from the Holloway family for information about Natalee's death and the location of her remains.

Beth Holloway didn't talk about Van der Sloot. According to an Associated Press story, she was following a Federal Bureau of Investigation request not to talk about the investigation of her daughter's case.

Instead she talked about the services she believed the new Natalee Holloway Resource Center at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment would provide families who found themselves in situations like the one hers experienced.

An excerpt from the AP:

"I feel confident that it will serve as a point of light for all missing," she said while standing in front of two photos of her daughter.