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Nothing really new to report today except that the Aruban government has finally called upon civil servants and tourists to join in the search for Natalee. Shouldn’t they have done this earlier?
ABC News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba Jun 6, 2005 — The government called on thousands of civil servants and tourists to join in a massive islandwide search Monday for a missing Alabama teenager, while police, soldiers and FBI agents combed scrubland and beaches. …
Update (6/6/2005 9:46pm):
A Boston woman says she was raped after leaving Carlos ‘N Charlie’s on Christmas Eve 2001:
Update (6/7/2005 7:48am):
Today we should find out what the charges are against the two security guards detained in connection with Natalee’s disappearance. Let’s continue to hope and pray for Natalee’s safe return.
Jim commented this morning about Venezuela and ‘White Slavery’ which is very interesting because the U.S. Department of State classifies Venezuela as a ‘Tier 3’ state in its 2005 ‘Trafficking In Persons’ report. The report says that Venezuela is a “source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.” Venezuela is classified as ‘Tier 3’ because it does not comply with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.
Update (6/7/2005 11:01am):
The two men currently being held by Aruban authorities had lost their jobs when their companies contract had expired:
The men will appear before a judge Wednesday.
Update (6/7/2005 11:20am):
NBC13 is reporting a story about Amy Bradley who went missing from a cruise ship that had a port call in Aruba. Reports have it that Amy was last seen in a brothel in Curac’l on Canal:
Update (6/7/2005 10:23pm):
FOX News is reporting that the two men in custody have not been charged as was previously reported.
I find it hard to swallow that Aruban authorities know absolutely nothing about what happened to Natalee Holloway. Does this smell like cover-up or complete incompetence?
Update (6/8/2005 7:23am):
CNN reports that the Attorney for the two men detained in Aruba says his clients are accused of homicide. The two men will appear before a judge today to find out if they will be formally charged:
Update (6/8/2005 1:20pm):
An Aruban judge has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to continue holding Nick John and Abraham Jones:
Update (6/8/2005 10:40pm):
The common-law wife of Abraham Jones is offering an alibi for him saying that he had been at home sick May 29th and May 30th:
Update (6/9/2005 8:33am):
Breaking News: Aruban authorities arrest three men originally identified as ‘persons of interest’:
Update (6/9/2005 10:42am):
FOX News is identifying the men as Joran Andreas Petrus Van Der Sloot, whose father is studying to be a judge, and Satish and Deepak K.
Update (6/10/2005 11:52am):
“Nobody is above the law,” said Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber adding that finding Natalee is Aruba’s number 1 goal. MSNBC has a collage of photographs showing all five suspects currently being held:
Update (6/10/2005 10:32pm):
Some of Natalee’s friends almost got into a fight with Joran Van Der Sloot and his friends Satish and Deepak:
Update (6/11/2005 7:30am):
Thanks for the update Haley:
Some believe new police reports indicate Natalee Holloway has been murdered, but Natalee’s relatives believe that particular interpretation of police reports is “too aggressive”. Natalee’s family continues to believe she is still alive:
Update (6/11/2005 8:48am):
Here’s a collage showing Joran, Satish and Deepak:
Police say one of these three men led police to the scene where “something bad” happened to Natalee.
Update (6/11/2005 2:32pm):
Police arrested another man early this morning but are not saying how the arrest relates to Natalee’s case:
Update (6/12/2005 1:20pm):
Aruban authorities are denying reports in the United States that one of the three men detained Saturday has confessed and they deny that any body has been recovered:
Natalee Holloway’s mother believes Joran, Satish and Deepak know what happened to her daughter. She also believes the two security guards are innocent:
Two Dutch experts arrived in Aruba Sunday to assist in the investigation:
Two security guards being held have been released:
Aruban police are searching a strip of beach near the Marriott hotel for Natalee. Deepak says he and his brother dropped Joran and Natalee off near the Marriott:
Searchers found nothing during yesterday’s search of beach near the Marriott hotel:
Update (6/15/2005 2:37pm):
Aruban police searched Joran’s home today; two vehicles were also towed away:
Update (6/16/2005 3:37pm):
Fox News is reporting that Aruban authorities had ‘tapped’ Joran and the Kalpoe brother’s cellphones. Joran’s father, Paul Van Der Sloot, has filed a motion to visit his son:
Update (6/17/2005 12:02pm):
A fourth person has been arrested in connection with Natalee’s disappearance. No name was given, but the individual’s initials are S.G.C.
Update (6/17/2005 2:01pm):
Beth Holloway Twitty identified S.G.C. as “Steve,” but did not elaborate any further on his identify. Beth said she believes “more people could be detained in the case. ” …
Update (6/17/2005 2:24pm):
Fox News has confirmed the fourth man’s identity as Steve Croes:
Hat tip: The Dark Side
Update (6/17/2005 4:08pm):
S.G.C. has been identified as Steve Gregory Croes, a party boat disc jockey:
Update (6/17/2005 4:34pm):
I was checking out a thread over at Scared Monkeys and found this encouraging comment:
Let’s hope and pray that this poster’s information is for real.
Update (6/17/2005 4:42pm):
Poster “blogger info” at Scared Monkeys just posted again. To prove their credibility, new developments will be announced in the next few hours. Keep watching…
Update (6/19/2005 12:33pm):
Authorities say Joran’s Father, Paul van der Sloot, has been ”questioned as a witness.”
Update (6/19/2005 6:46pm):
Found out today through Scared Monkeys about a dead man whose partially decapitated body was found Saturday. The man was later identified as Sergio Gomez. Authorities say this case has nothing to do with Natalee Holloway’s case but some wonder if it’s a warning to the guys in jail:
Over at Riehl World View, there’re talking about the possibly that Natalee’s body was dumped into the ocean on Aruba’s northern side that is infested with sharks.
Update (6/21/2005 9:37am):
Natalee’s family will be filing a lawsuit demanding authorities allow them to see evidence collected so far. The lawsuit is being discussed over at Scared Monkeys. Posters there believe it’s a waste of time right now with the investigation still underway, evidence may be released in three months they say.
Update (6/23/2005 9:41am):
Thursday morning news roundup:
Beth Holloway Twitty says she is “sure the four young men in custody have more information to divulge.” Fox News has an interesting story discussing international legalities involved in Natalee’s case. The Van Der Sloot’s still believe their son is innocent. A permit problem continues to delay the deployment of Texas EquuSearch teams.
Update (6/23/2005 3:15pm):
Breaking! Aruban authorities detain Joran’s father, Paul Van Der Sloot:
Update (6/23/2005 6:49pm):
Joran’s mother—Anita Van Der Sloot—now says that her son has changed his story:
Update (6/24/2005 6:11pm):
Via FOX News, Aruban authorities have disclosed why Joran, Paul, Steve, Deepak and Satish are being held:
- Joran Van Der Sloot: suspicion of murder and kidnapping as well as being an accessory to murder
- Deepak Kalpoe: suspicion of murder and kidnapping as well as being an accessory to murder
- Satish Kalpoe: suspicion of murder and kidnapping as well as being an accessory to murder
- Steve Croes: suspicion of murder and kidnapping as well as being an accessory to murder
- Paul Van Der Sloot: suspicion of complicity to pre-meditated murder, complicity to kidnapping and murder and kidnapping
Update (6/25/2005 6:24pm):
Just spoke with Texas EquuSearch. They have three people on the ground in Aruba now, 17-20 volunteers are expected to land in Aruba around 7:30pm. Dogs being flown in with the volunteers will give them a total of three dogs assisting in the search.
Update (6/26/2005 2:39pm):
An Aruban judge has ordered Steve Croes be released due to lack of evidence against him:
Update (6/26/2005 7:07pm):
Police released Paul Van Der Sloot today. No comment yet from authorities about his release:
Update (6/28/2005 8:57pm):
The Aruban government today called upon the Netherlands to show official support for the island. The Aruban government is struggling to save its image in the minds of American tourists.
Prime Minister Nelson Oduber filed a formal request with the Dutch government today requesting a new contingent of Marines to assist in the search for Natalee Holloway.
Update (6/30/2005 8:01pm):
Chief Prosector Karin Janssen told CNN today that Paul Van Der Sloot advised Joran and his friends Deepak and Satish, that “without a body police would have no case.”
I believe in the premise of “innocent until proven guilty” but Paul Van Der Sloots advice to Joran, Deepack and Satish is making my Geiger counter tick like crazy. Those boys know something…
Update (7/1/2005 1:31pm):
FOX News said today that Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama wants the FBI to have full access to evidence collected in Natalee’s case. Sen. Shelby fears the case has gone cold.
Boudewijn van Eenennaam—Dutch Ambassador to the United States—issued a statement regarding Natalee Holloway yesterday:
Update (7/1/2005 6:28pm):
Via The Miami Herald: Attorney General Karin Janssen announced today that Joran, Deepak and Satish have been charged with murder and have been for the three weeks they have been in jail.
Update (7/1/2005 10:32pm):
AP has corrected its story and now says that Joran, Deepak and Satish ‘have not’ been charged with murder but may be charged by Monday.
Update (7/2/2005 5:35pm):
Holland is sending three F-16’s with infrared and sonar-scanning capabilities to aid in the search for Natalee:
Update (7/3/2005 7:41am):
London’s Guardian Unlimited newspaper has a provocative story this morning about Aruba, Natalee Holloway, and American Teens looking for a party.
Update (7/4/2005 3:07pm):
Judge orders Kalpoe brothers freed:
Update (7/7/2005 2:01pm):
Thursday news roundup:
Attorneys for the Kalpoe brothers are threatening Beth Holloway Twitty with a lawsuit for comments she made.
Update (7/7/2005 9:08pm):
Prime Minister Nelson Oduber sent a request to Sen. Richard Shelby asking that a special U.S. Navy dive team join the search for Natalee:
Update (7/10/2005 12:36pm):
Wow, everyone read Haley’s update at the bottom of the page; chilling…
Update (7/17/2005 9:17pm):
Natalee has vanished into the night with no trace left behind:
A judge ruled Thursday that Police can continue holding Joran Van Der Sloot.
Police had Joran retrace his steps with them Saturday.
The Texas Equusearch team returned home tonight after finding no trace of Natalee.
Many good people have searched for Natalee, many good people have prayed and hoped for Natalee, and many good people will continue to do so…
Update (7/18/2005 9:17pm):
Four foot-long strands of blond hair found on duct tape inside a cave are being sent to Holland for testing:
Foot-long strands of blonde hair? This could be the first major lead this case has had.
Update (7/20/2005 2:54pm):
Authorities have taken DNA samples from Joran, Deepak and Satish. Their DNA will be compared to unspecified material:
Boston.com also said that Texas Equusearch is sending a new team to Aruba July 28th with ground-penetrating radar.
Update (7/24/2005 1:16pm):
Sunday mid-day news roundup:
Guardian Unlimited says Prime Minister Nelson Oduber has asked Attorney General Karin Janssen to provide the FBI with all material related to Natalee’s case.
Dateline Alabama says Rosa Palmer (a North Carolina resident) was questioned by the FBI after making claims to a man that Natalee died after falling and hitting her head on a rock. She denied the claim. Her son attended the International School in Aruba with Joran Van Der Sloot and she believes school officials know more than they are saying.
USA Today says the Alabama House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling for a boycott of Aruba.
Update (7/26/2005 8:55am):
Home videos of Natalee Holloway have been released. NBC17 has the video on this page:
Update (7/26/2005 7:35pm):
New witnesses have come forward with information relating to Natalee’s case:
Natalee’s mother has announced a $1 million reward:
Aruba has dispatched a prosecuter to work with the FBI and has brought in some experts from the Netherlands:
Update (7/26/2005 9:35pm):
WTOK reports that Aruban firefighters began draining a lake across from the Marriott today:
Update (7/28/2005 6:45pm):
The FBI says the blonde hair found on duct-tape did not belong to Natalee. Focus of the search for Natalee remains on a pond near the Marriott and a landfill:
Update (7/30/2005 12:40pm):
This case has taken a weird and potentially dangerous turn:
Update (7/31/2005 8:54pm):
Well, a search of the pond near the Marriott and a landfill have failed to turn up anything about Natalee:
Update (8/1/2005 9:57pm):
Everyone check out Haley’s post below, great info. Thanks Haley.
Update (8/5/2005 3:39pm):
The New York Daily Times says police are investigating a link between a porn producer and Natalee’s disappearance:
Update (8/23/2005 7:02am):
A hard drive crash at my webhost caused the loss of several stories and numerous comments on this particular story. My apologies…
Update (8/24/2005 9:23am):
Recovered more lost content from this story and one of Haley’s comments.
Update (8/26/2005 1:14pm):
Fox News is reporting that the Kalpoe brothers have been re-arrested along with a friend of Joran’s:
Update (9/7/2005 1:46pm):
No good news to report about Natalee Holloway. Joran Van Der Sloot was released from prison and has flown to Amsterdam. Prime Minister Nelson Odouber vows to continue the investigation.
Natalee’s family will certainly never give up the fight to find out what happened to her, but it looks hopeless at this juncture. With the prime suspects released, one of which has now fled the country, this case will go cold and be swept under Aruba’s rug so to speak…
Update (9/26/2005 6:42am):
Natalee’s Mom—Beth Holloway Twitty—says Joran, Deepak and Satish admit to having sex with Natalee. Joran conducted an interview with “A Current Affair” in Holland in which he also maintains his innocence.
Update (10/3/2005 1:25pm):
One thought has crossed my mind more than once since Natalee disappeared but I kept it suppressed because it’s simply too terrible to think about. My thought ( I apologize in advance for any hurt it may cause) is that Amy Bradley may have passed away and those people needed a replacement. And they found Natalee.
Update (2/17/2006 8:00am):
Natalee’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Joran van der Sloot and his father, Paulus. [ source: CNN]
Riehl World View says the case will likely go “nowhere.” [source: Riehl World View]
Update (4/16/2006 8:04am):
Aruban authorities have made an arrest in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
The man apparently is closely acquainted with Joran Van Der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers MSNBC says this morning. And they believe he has information about the death and disposal of Natalee Holloway.
MSNBC identified the man as 20-year-old Godfried van Cromvoirt.
(Update 4/28/2007 10:31am):
Dutch authorities have searched the property where Joran Van Der Sloot lived using metal rods and shovels hoping to find clues about Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.
Video at On The Record with Greta: On The Record with Greta
Source: Scared Monkeys
Update 11/21/2007 7:12pm:
Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, and Joran Van Der Sloot have been re-arrested in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Update 11/24/2007 8:45am:
Aruban chief public prosecutor Hans Mos says there is no doubt in his mind that Natalee Holloway is dead.
Update 12/18/2007 11:55am:
This morning, the AP is reporting that Aruban authorities have closed the Natalee Holloway case. Her disappearance and probable murder may never be solved.
Her killers—whoever they are—will go scot-free. Well, almost. When they breathe their last breath and appear before the judge of all mankind, they will answer. The Bible says in Hebrews, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Update 2/2/2008 9:14am:
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, John Q. Kelly said of Peter’s information, “it’s someone basically making admissions in terms of what happened the night Natalee disappeared, in terms of what happened to her and then why she’s disappeared, how her body was disposed of and why she hasn’t been found.”
I believe 9.30pm CET is 3:30pm EST (New York time).
Update 2/4/2008 8:41am:
According to documentation provided by Peter R. DeVries on his website, Joran and Natalee were having sex on the beach when she began having convulsions and died. With the help of a friend named Daury, they dumped her body at sea.
Update 2/4/2008 10:12am:
Daury may be Steve Croes .
Full Story at Equivocation Nation
Update 2/5/2008 8:52am:
“Daury” is not Steve Croes, but IS Daury Rodriguez per an ABC News interview with him.
Update 2/5/2008 5:41pm:
Beth Holloway believes Natalee might be alive today if Joran had called for a doctor instead of having her dumped at sea.
Update 3/23/2009 9:39am:
Natalee’s Father is sending Fred Golba and his dog, Rhino, to Aruba to search a pond for remains and a sneaker allegedly belonging to Joran.
Update 4/20/2009 7:08am:
Has Natalee’s body been found?
“A flight attendant for American Airlines from Miami said that a sniffer dog was traveling from Miami to Aruba and the officer with the dog had said that the cadaver dog as going to search fr the remains of Natalee Holloway. The flight attendant who lives in Fort Lauderdale said, ‘They think they’ve found where Natalee Holloway’s remains are, and they’re taking the dog down to confirm that.'”
Update 3/19/2010 11:37am:
A tourist believes he may have taken an underwater photo of Natalee’s remains: http://bit.ly/9GIr1N
Update 11/19/2010 10:53am:
Dutch authorities are testing a jawbone with a partially intact molar that was found on a beach in Aruba. It is believed the jaw bone might belong to Natalee Holloway.
I’ve refrained from posting this update for a few days since so much new information has turned into nothing but disappointment.
We should know soon if the remains are that of Natalee Holloway.
Natalie’s dad is in Aruba following up on another lead.
Dave Holloway has found remains on Aruba after an informants tip. He is having the remains tested. More at the Today Show.