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Florida Police: Man who alleged to have cremated Natalee Holloway killed while attempting kidnapping

March 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida Police: Man who alleged to have cremated Natalee Holloway killed while attempting kidnapping

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Officials in southwest Florida revealed on Wednesday that a man who said he disposed of missing teen Natalee Holloway’s remains in Aruba was stabbed to death by a woman he was attempting to abduct.

Authorities in North Port, which is located roughly 60 miles south of Tampa, said John Christopher Ludwick, 32, was pronounced dead at a hospital after 7 a.m. Detectives said Ludwick attacked the unidentified woman in her driveway and was stabbed in the struggle.

Police revealed that Ludwick and his victim knew each other, but would not elaborate further.

Seven years after she went missing, Natalee Holloway was declared legally dead in 2012.

In 2017, Ludwick alleged that Joran van der Sloot — the main suspect in Holloway’s disappearance — gave him $1,500 to dig up her body in 2010, five years after the 18-year-old went missing in Aruba.

“The idea was to crush everything where it wasn’t recognizable as bones or skull or anything like that,” Ludwick stated at the time. He added that Holloway’s skull was burned to eradicate any remaining hair fibers, stated: “It was doused in gasoline in a pit in a cave.”

Ludwick’s tale was featured in “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” a series that aired in September on the Oxygen network.

No one has ever been charged in connection with the woman’s disappearance. Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in a prison in Peru for the unrelated murder of a young woman in his hotel room in Lima back in 2010.

“We are aware of Ludwick’s history and comments surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway in Aruba,” North Point Police spokesman Josh Taylor said. “The authorities who are working that case have been notified. Our investigation in this local case is ongoing.”

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