Natalee Holloway's unsolved disappearance: A timeline

It's been nearly 20 years since Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway vanished on the last day of her high school graduation trip to Aruba.

As the main suspect in her disappearance, Joran van der Sloot, awaits extradition to the United States this week, here is a timeline of the case, which remains unsolved:

May 2005:

On May 30, 2005, Holloway spent the night out at the Carlos’n Charlie’s club in Oranjestad, Aruba.

PHOTO: Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from Alabama, was in Aruba celebrating her high school graduation when she disappeared.<p>(Courtesy of Beth Holloway)

The last time the 18-year-old was ever seen, she was driving off in a gray Honda with a group of local young men, including van der Sloot, then 17.

Van der Sloot's story changed over the years. The first time he spoke out, he told Holloway's mother that he had returned the teen to her hotel, but surveillance footage showed she never came back to that Holiday Inn.

PHOTO: The Holiday Inn hotel is seen along Palm Beach in Aruba, Monday, June 13, 2005, where missing Alabama high school graduate Natalee Holloway stayed before she disappeared on May 30, 2005. (Leslie Mazoch/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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June 2005:

In June 2005, van der Sloot and two brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder.

By September 2005, all three were released without charges.

February 2006:

By 2006, van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was in the Netherlands for school. In February 2006, he flew to New York for an interview with ABC News, during which he said he left Natalee Holloway on the beach that night and went home.

"The last time I saw her, she was sitting on the sand by the ocean," he said, denying that he had harmed or killed her.

PHOTO: In February 2006, van der Sloot flew to New York for an interview with ABC News, during which he said he left Holloway on the beach that night and went home. (ABC)

November 2007:

Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were arrested again in November 2007.

By December 2007, all three were released without charges.

February 2008:

In 2008, Aruban officials reopened the case against van der Sloot after a tape was released showing him describing Holloway’s death, filmed via hidden camera by Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries. Aruban officials, however, were unable to corroborate van der Sloot's statements.

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March 2010:

In March 2010, Van der Sloot allegedly demanded money -- $250,00 with $25,000 paid upfront -- from Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway, in exchange for him providing her with the location of her daughter's remains.

During a recorded sting operation, Beth Holloway's attorney, John Q. Kelly, met with van der Sloot at an Aruba hotel, giving him $10,000 in cash as Beth Holloway wired $15,000 to van der Sloot's bank account, according to prosecutors.

PHOTO: Beth Holloway wasted no time when she learned something happened to her daughter while on a graduation trip in Aruba in 2005, and hasn't stopped looking for her since. (ABC)

Then, van der Sloot allegedly changed his story about the night he had been with Natalee Holloway, prosecutors said. Van der Sloot claimed he had picked her up but that she had demanded to be put down, so he threw her to the ground. He said the teen's head hit a rock and she was killed instantly by the impact, according to prosecutors.

Van der Sloot then allegedly took Kelly to a house and claimed that his father, who had since died, buried Natalee Holloway's body in the building's foundation, prosecutors said.

Kelly later emailed van der Sloot, saying the information he had provided was "worthless," according to prosecutors.

Within days, van der Sloot left Aruba for Peru.

May 2010:

On May 30, 2010, five years to the day after Holloway disappeared, van der Sloot killed Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old college student, in Lima, Peru. Flores was found beaten to death in van der Sloot's hotel room.

He then fled across the border to Chile.

PHOTO: A shaman performs a ritual for the spiritual punishment of Joran van der Sloot, in poster top center, and for justice for Stephany Flores, in poster at left, in Lima, Peru, Jan. 6, 2012. (Karel Navarro/AP, FILE)

June 2010:

In June 2010, van der Sloot was arrested in Chile and sent to Peru to face charges for Flores’ murder.

That month, van der Sloot was also indicted in the U.S. on federal charges of wire fraud and extortion in connection with the alleged March 2010 meeting in Aruba with Beth Holloway's attorney.

January 2012:

On Jan. 12, 2012, an Alabama judge declared Holloway legally dead.

Meanwhile, van der Sloot pleaded guilty to Flores' murder, and on Jan. 13, 2012, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Peru.

"From the first moment, I wanted to confess sincerely," van der Sloot said in court about Flores' murder. "I truly am sorry for this act."

PHOTO: A Jan. 6, 2012 file photo of Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot during his preliminary hearing in court in the Lurigancho prison in Lima, Peru. (AFP via Getty Images, FILE)

May 2023:

In May 2023, plans for van der Sloot's extradition from Peru to the U.S. were announced.

Beth Holloway said in a statement in May, "I was blessed to have had Natalee in my life for 18 years, and as of this month, I have been without her for exactly 18 years."

"She would be 36 years old now," Beth Holloway said. "It has been a very long and painful journey, but the persistence of many is going to pay off. Together, we are finally getting justice for Natalee."

June 2023:

Van der Sloot left the Challapalca prison in Peru on June 3, 2023, to be transferred to a prison in Lima, Peru. He's expected to be extradited from there to Alabama on June 8, according to a National Penitentiary Institute of Peru spokesperson.

ABC News' Jeca Taudte contributed to this report.

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