Self-proclaimed accomplice in Natalee Holloway case killed in attempted abduction

Natalee Holloway (Picture: Twitter/@haroldgater)Natalee Holloway (Picture: Twitter/@haroldgater)

John Christopher Ludwick, who claimed that he helped Joran van der Sloot dispose of missing teen Natalee Holloway's body, was stabbed to death on Tuesday as he tried to abduct a woman in Port Charlotte, Florida, CBS News reports.

A spokesperson for the local police told CBS that 32-year-old Ludwick was roommates with the woman in the past and wanted a romantic relationship with her, but she refused. "He essentially ambushed her getting out of her car, going into her home", the spokesperson said.

There was a scuffle and the woman managed to take a knife away from Ludwick. She stabbed him in the abdomen. He fled on foot, according to the police. "He was found nearby suffering from the stab wounds. After beng transported by air, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.". The woman won't be criminally prosecuted, the police spokesperson said to CBS. "From every ounce of evidence we have so far, she was a victim in this case."

American teen Natalee Holloway disappeared during a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. Joran van der Sloot was the last person seen with the 18-year-old girl. Despite multiple confessions, he was never charged with Natalee's murder. Van der Sloot is currently serving 28 years long prison sentence in Peru for the murder of Stephanie Flores.

In television series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, Ludwick stated that Van der Sloot paid him 1,500 dollars to help him dig up Holloway's body and dispose of it. According to Ludwick, he and Van der Sloot dug up Holloway's remains, ground the bones to dust and burnt her skull in a cave on Aruba. "We sprinkled it with gasoline and threw it into the fire", he said.