Has Natalee Holloway’s Skeleton Been Found?

A tourist’s photograph taken during a dive appears to show a skeleton on the ocean floor. The man believes it could be the remains of Natalee Holloway.

Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway

Joran Van Der Sloot, the main suspect in her disappearance, continues to make confessions about how Natalee died.

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 during a class trip to Aruba.

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.

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Natalee Holloway Case Closed Unsolved

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.”

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Arrest In Natalee Holloway Case

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.

Source: MSNBC

Kevin Aylward at Wizbang! is also following this breaking story.

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Update (4/17/2006 12:57pm):

ScaredMonkeys has an excellent story today about Geoffrey von Cromvoirt:

Geoffrey von Cromvoirt Arrested in Aruba; Witness, Suspect or Something else in the Natalee Holloway Disappearance

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Aruba/Netherlands In Gay Marriage Row

Aruba and the Netherlands are in a row over gay marriage:

Chicago Sun-Times—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — When two women tried to register as a married couple in Aruba last year, people on this Dutch island threw rocks at them, slashed their car tires and protested outside Parliament against gay unions. [. . .]

Update (8/24/2005 9:07pm):

Aruba has been forced by a court to accept gay marriages from the Netherlands:

LifeSite—ORANJESTAD, Aruba, August 24, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A lesbian couple “married” in the Netherlands in 2001 won a fight to have their same-sex relationship recognized by the government of Aruba Tuesday. Aruba’s Superior Court denied the government’s appeal of a lower court ruling, despite widespread opposition to the homosexual lifestyle on the island and in the Caribbean region in general. [. . .]

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American Teens Head To Aruba For Sun, Sex And Drink

London’s Guardian Unlimited newspaper has a provocative story this morning about Aruba, Natalee Holloway, and American Teens looking for a party:

Guardian Unlimited—By the planeload, fresh-faced Americans head to the Caribbean in search of sunny skies, the opposite sex and as much drink as they can handle. At Carlos’n Charlie’s bar last week in Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad, the rite was in full swing. Barely dressed young teens gyrated on the dance floor and beer was sold – literally – by the yard in long, fluted glasses. …

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Aruba Struggles To Save Image

Aruba is struggling to save its tranquil image in the minds of American tourists. The Aruban government today called upon the Netherlands to show official support for the island:

NIS News—WILLEMSTAD, 29/6/05 – Justice Minister Croes of Aruba wants the Dutch government to show official support to the island. He says fairy-tales about the disappearance of American schoolgirl Natalee Holloway are systematically appearing in the US media. …

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Calls For Aruba-Caribbean Boycott Grow

Calls for an Aruba-Caribbean tourism boycott are growing:

Caribbean Net News—Meantime, while the CTO Heads have “run for cover”, Russ and Dee (now joined by dozens more) continue to encourage thousands not to visit Aruba and the Caribbean. The “campaign” has reportedly now spread to the California and the Miami area. …

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Natalee Holloway: Update

** Click Here! Dave Holloway following up on another lead **

This is a new article to post updates on Natalee; you can still read the original article by clicking here »

Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway

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:

The Boston Channel—NewsCenter 5’s Amalia Barreda reported that a local woman said she was raped after leaving the same bar in Aruba where missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway was last seen.

“Aruba is not as safe as the commercials make it out to be,” said Marie, who withheld her last name. …

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:

WIStv—(Oranjstead, Aruba-AP) June 7, 2005 – Aruba police say the two men charged in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance lost their jobs as security guards the day before the Alabama teen vanished. …

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:

NBC13—The Bradleys, of Virginia, went on a cruise in 1998 and Aruba was one of the stops. That’s where their daughter disappeared.

Iva Bradley said her 23-year-old daughter Amy befriended three men that worked on the cruise ship and they wanted to take her to a bar in Aruba. …

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?

FOX News—In an important reversal, officials also said the two arrested men have not been charged as had been announced previously. …

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:

CNN—ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) — The lawyer for two men held in Aruba in the disappearance of an 18-year-old Alabama student says his clients stand accused of homicide. …

Update (6/8/2005 1:20pm):

An Aruban judge has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to continue holding Nick John and Abraham Jones:

WRAL—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Defense lawyers say an Aruban judge ruled Wednesday that there is sufficient evidence to continue holding two former security guards in connection with an Alabama teenager’s disappearance.

Authorities in the Dutch Caribbean island can hold Nick John, 30, and Abraham Jones, 28 …

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:

WIStv—(Aruba-AP) June 8, 2005 – The common-law wife of one of two men held in the disappearance of an Alabama teen-ager in Aruba is offering an alibi for her child’s father. …

Update (6/9/2005 8:33am):

Breaking News: Aruban authorities arrest three men originally identified as ‘persons of interest’:

CBS—(CBS/AP) Aruban police arrested three more suspects in the case of the missing American honors student Thursday, the attorney general said.

Attorney General Caren Janssen said police arrested the three men…

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.

FOX News—The Dutch suspect, Joran Andreas Petrus Van Der Sloot, a student at Aruba International School, whose father is studying to be a judge, came out of his upper-class home in the northern Montana neighborhood …

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:

MSNBC—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – A day after three more suspects were arrested in the disappearance of an Alabama teen, one of them the son of a Dutch justice official, Aruba’s prime minister told MSNBC Friday that no one is above the law. …

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:

Birmingham Post-Herald—Bryan Reynolds, 18, one of 124 recent high school graduates whowent to Aruba in late May, said some of his friends almost got into a fight with Joran Andreas Petrus Van Der Sloot and his friends. …

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:

The Mercury News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Police investigating the disappearance of an Alabama teenager in Aruba said one of three young men in custody has admitted “something bad happened” to her during her island visit.

Deputy Police Commissioner Gerold Dompig told The Associated Press that the man was leading police late Friday to the scene. …

Sad news…

Update (6/11/2005 8:48am):

Here’s a collage showing Joran, Satish and Deepak:

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:

New York Times—ORANJESTAD, Aruba, June 11 (AP) – Police investigating the disappearance of an Alabama honors student arrested a man here at dawn Saturday, hours after one of three young men already in custody admitted “something bad happened” to the woman after they took her to the beach. …

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:

The Birmingham News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – The three young men who last saw Natalee Holloway before her disappearance will be detained in jail for another week, a judge ruled Saturday afternoon as officials in Aruba dispelled earlier rumors of the death of the Mountain Brook teen. …

6/12/2005 (9:04pm):

Natalee Holloway’s mother believes Joran, Satish and Deepak know what happened to her daughter. She also believes the two security guards are innocent:

FOX News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — The mother of a missing Alabama teenager said Sunday that she believes three young men who were with her daughter the day of her disappearance know what happened to her…

6/13/2005 (11:20am):

Two Dutch experts arrived in Aruba Sunday to assist in the investigation:

Expatica—AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch experts arrived on Aruba on Sunday to assist the local authorities in the investigation into the disappearance of 18-year-old American tourist Natalee Holloway.

Police commissioner Jan van der Straten, who is heading the investigation, declined to say what sort of experts have been provided by the Netherlands. …

6/14/2005 (7:36am):

Two security guards being held have been released:

Newsday—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Aruba authorities released two former hotel security guards detained after Natalee Holloway went missing but continued to hold three younger men who took the Alabama teen to a beach before she disappeared.

Officials who confirmed Monday’s release of Antonius “Mickey” John, 30, and Abraham Jones, 28, did not offer any clues to solving the mystery of Holloway’s disappearance on the Dutch Caribbean island during a student trip. …

6/14/2005 (3:53pm):

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:

MSNBC—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Nearly three dozen police officers launched a search Tuesday along a beach near the Marriott Hotel for Natalee Holloway after a former security guard alleged that one of three youths seen with the missing teenager had lied to police. …

6/15/2005 (6:56am):

Searchers found nothing during yesterday’s search of beach near the Marriott hotel:

Chicago Tribune— ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Police joined by two FBI bloodhounds launched a new search Tuesday on a beach near a Marriott Hotel for a missing Alabama teenager after a former security guard alleged that one of three youths seen with her lied to police.

But the search ended as darkness fell, apparently with nothing found. …

Update (6/15/2005 2:37pm):

Aruban police searched Joran’s home today; two vehicles were also towed away:

Houston Chronicle—NOORD, Aruba — Aruban police today searched the family home of a Dutch teen detained in the disappearance of an Alabama honors student and towed two vehicles from the property. …

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:

Fox News—But authorities may have intentionally let Van Der Sloot and two other men go after initial police questioning so they could be placed under surveillance, FOX News has learned. Sources said Aruban authorities tapped the cell phones of Van Der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers. …

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.

USA Today—The person “suspected of being involved” in Holloway’s disappearance was identified by the attorney general’s office only as a 26-year-old with the initials 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. ” …

Guardian Unlimited—The person “suspected of being involved” in Holloway’s disappearance was identified by the attorney general’s office only as a 26-year-old with the initials S.G.C. The office did not disclose any more details, but Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, referred to the person detained Friday as “Steve” during an interview with Associated Press Television News. …

Update (6/17/2005 2:24pm):

Fox News has confirmed the fourth man’s identity as Steve Croes:

Fox News—The Aruban attorney general’s office identified him only by the initials “S.G.C.”, but Holloway’s mother told an interviewer that his name was “Steve.”

FOX News later confirmed that the man’s name was 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:

Guardian Unlimited—Steve Gregory Croes, whom authorities earlier identified only by the initials S.G.C., said he was contacted by police Thursday night and went to the station voluntarily to give a statement. …

Update (6/17/2005 4:34pm):

I was checking out a thread over at Scared Monkeys and found this encouraging comment:

Scared Monkeys—blogger info Says:

My brother works in law enforcement at a very high level in the US (FBI Level) and is involved with the goings on in the Carribean including Aruba. I agree with Vanessa that no info will come out until it is over. But he was able to tell me that what happened to NH is not what everyone thinks. Prayers are being answered. I will leave it at that.

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.”

StarTribune—Paul van der Sloot, the man who was questioned last night, is in training to be a judge. The island’s police superintendent says van der Sloot was ”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:

HBK.com—As if this case wasn’t enough, Hasibokos.com has received information that the police a have found a (partially) decapitated body of an Aruban male Saturday morning. According to preliminary (unconfirmed) reports the man was murdered in his house and then later dumped in a cemetery close by. There are also reports of an additional person who’s missing on the island. The pickup truck of the missing man has been found, but the he himself is nowhere to be found. This recent murder and additional missing case are all being investigated. …

 

HBK.com—SUNDAY: Missing man has been identified as Sergio Gomez. This case and the dead, partially decapitaed, body found at Sabana are not believed to be related to the Natalee Holloway case. …

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.

WJAC—Natalee Holloway’s family is preparing to file a lawsuit demanding that authorities give them the evidence gathered in the three weeks since the 18-year-old vanished. …

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:

Fox News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Aruban authorities on Thursday arrested Paul van der Sloot, the father of the 17-year-old held in connection with the disappearance of missing Alabama high school student Natalee Holloway …

Update (6/23/2005 6:49pm):

Joran’s mother—Anita Van Der Sloot—now says that her son has changed his story:

Fox News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — While the father of Joran van der Sloot, the 17-year-old held in Aruba, was himself arrested Thursday, the teenager’s mother said her son has changed the story he initially gave police. …

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:

CBS News—(AP) A judge ordered Aruban police Sunday to release a party boat disc jockey held in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, saying authorities did not have enough evidence against him, the man’s lawyer said. …

Update (6/26/2005 7:07pm):

Police released Paul Van Der Sloot today. No comment yet from authorities about his release:

Macon Telegraph—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Aruban police freed the father of a Dutch suspect arrested in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, the man’s wife said, hours after a party boat disc jockey held in the case was ordered released. …

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:

The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, D.C.—On May 30th we were all shocked when a young American high-school graduate disappeared while vacationing on the island of Aruba. Since then, the Aruban and Netherlands authorities, in close cooperation with United States officials and the citizens of Aruba, are conducting an intense search and a full investigation into the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Much to the dismay of everyone, there has been no sign of her thus far and the pain grows deeper with every passing day. [. . .]

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:

al.com—ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Holland will send three F-16 jets to help search for Natalee Holloway, Aruban authorities said Saturday, as U.S. lawmakers increased pressure on the Aruban government to do more to find the Alabama teenager nearly five weeks since she disappeared. …

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:

FOX News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, two of the three men detained in the Natalee Holloway case, were ordered freed Monday by an Aruban judge who ruled authorities had no grounds to hold them another 60 days without charges. …

Update (7/7/2005 2:01pm):

Thursday news roundup:

An emotional plea from Beth Holloway Twitty that countries not give asylum to the Kalpoe brothers appears to have worked.

Attorneys for the Kalpoe brothers are threatening Beth Holloway Twitty with a lawsuit for comments she made.

Aruba still shines in the minds of tourists and the party goes on.

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:

Washington Post—WASHINGTON — A Navy dive team that checked the waters off Iraq for explosives before the American invasion could be used in the search for a missing Alabama girl in Aruba, the country’s prime minister says.

Prime Minister Nelson Oduber made the request in a letter to Sen. Richard Shelby in response to the Alabama Republican’s suggestion that Aruba give the FBI more authority in the search for Natalee Holloway. […].

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:

FOX News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Four strands of blond hair were being flown to Holland for DNA testing (search), Aruban police confirmed to FOX News Sunday. The discovery could be a much-needed break in the search for missing Alabama high school student Natalee Holloway. [. . .].

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—The samples were taken Tuesday, a day after investigators said they would conduct DNA tests on blond hair attached to duct tape that was found along Aruba’s northeastern coast, in a possible break to the six-week-old disappearance of Natalee Holloway. [. . .].

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:

http://www.nbc17.com/news/4766572/detail.html

Update (7/26/2005 7:35pm):

New witnesses have come forward with information relating to Natalee’s case:

Guardian Unlimited—ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – Natalee Holloway’s stepfather said Tuesday that two new witnesses have come forward with information about the night nearly two months ago that the Alabama
teenager disappeared on this Dutch Caribbean island. [. . .]

Natalee’s mother has announced a $1 million reward:

Science Daily—ORANJESTAD, Aruba, July 26 (UPI) – The mother of an 18-year-old girl missing in Aruba for nearly two months has announced a $1 million reward for her daughter’s safe return. [. . .]

Aruba has dispatched a prosecuter to work with the FBI and has brought in some experts from the Netherlands:

Guardian Unlimited—ORANJESTAD,
Aruba (AP) – Aruban authorities have dispatched a prosecutor to consult with the FBI and brought in experts from the Netherlands as they investigate the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, the Aruban prosecutor’s office said Monday. [. . .]

Update (7/26/2005 9:35pm):

WTOK reports that Aruban firefighters began draining a lake across from the Marriott today:

WTOK—Aruban firefighters began draining a lake in the search for 18-year-old Natalee Holloway Tuesday.

A police spokesman says the draining of the lake across from the Marriott Hotel is part of the investigation into the Mountain Brook, Ala., teen’s disappearance. [. . .]

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:

MSNBC—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – The FBI said Thursday that strands of hair found in Aruba did not come from missing U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway. The news marked yet another dead end in the nearly two-month long investigation since her disappearance. [. . .]

Update (7/30/2005 12:40pm):

This case has taken a weird and potentially dangerous turn:

Blogger News Network—Reports suggest that over a week ago a letter came into a government office in Aruba postmarked from the United States, it is alleged that the letter threatened the government of Aruba that “If they didn’t give Natalee back,” an as yet unidentified group behind the letter would take action against the island. [. . .]

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:

Guardian Unlimited—ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – A volunteer group searching for a missing Alabama teenager dug through a landfill for a third day Sunday but found no clues, a spokesman for the group said. [. . .]

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:

New York Daily Times—Police are said to be investigating whether a porn filmmaker might have had a hand in the May disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

According to the latest scenario in the baffling case, someone may have been trying to talk the pretty 18-year-old honor student into appearing in an X-rated flick. [. . .]

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:

Fox News—ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, the two Surinamese brothers previously detained in the Natalee Holloway case, have been re-arrested, Aruban government officials said Friday. A third person was also detained. [. . .]

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.

ARUBA BOMBSHELL
Holloway Suspect Denies Responsibility

Update (10/3/2005 1:25pm):

News recap:

Natalee’s “wall of hope” has come down and been placed in storage [story]
Beth Holloway Twitty believes Natalee was drugged [story]
Natalee’s case symptom of larger problem [story]

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.

Source: MSNBC

(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.

CNN has the story.

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.

Read The Full Story At CNN.

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:

Dutch crime reporter Peter R. DeVries says he has cracked the Natalee Holloway case and will reveal his findings Sunday Night February 3, 9.30pm CET on SBS 6.

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.

Read The Full Story At Peter R. DeVries website

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.

Read The Full Story At The New York Post.

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.

Update 5/12/2015:

Natalie’s dad is in Aruba following up on another lead.

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Alabama Girl Missing In Aruba

Day four and Natalee Holloway is still missing. The Alabama teen disappeared after leaving Carlos ‘N Charlie’s early Monday morning:

Miami Herald—ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Natalee Holloway spent the last night of a five-day excursion to celebrate her graduation from her Alabama high school eating and dancing at a nightclub with school chums and locals on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba – then disappeared. …

Update (6/4/2005 8:32pm):

This forum has an interesting thread about Natalee Holloway:

TripAdvisor: Aruba Forum

The thread has lots of hearsay so I elected not to publish what I found there; You can read it though and decide how valid the information is. We’re all praying for Natalee’s safe return but you aren’t left with much hope after reading the thread.

The forum did mention this website that said Aruba is ranked number three in a list of specific areas with considerable kidnapping activity:

Americans at Risk at Home and Abroad as Economics Drive Kidnappings

Update (6/5/2005 7:46am):

The FBI has brought in additional manpower bringing the total number of agents working the case up to 13.

An Alabama newspaper has some interesting information this morning. It makes you wonder exactly what has happened to Natalee:

The Birmingham News—U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, said Saturday there were circumstances surrounding Holloway’s disappearance that warranted the FBI being heavily involved. He declined to give details.

“The circumstances were disturbing,” said Bachus, who formally requested the FBI’s involvement. “I can’t get into it, but it’s something the family is aware of. There was an immediate recognition that this was not simply a teen who wandered off.” …

Update (6/5/2005 11:36am):

Aruban authorities and FBI agents have detained two men described as “security guards.” The two men are not related to the three ‘persons of interest’ detained earlier this week:

ABC News—SAN NICOLAS, Aruba Jun 5, 2005 — Authorities detained two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, who went missing nearly a week ago in Aruba while on a high school senior trip, the attorney general said. …

Update (6/5/2005 3:37pm):

Aruban police have found a blood-soaked mattress in thick brush off Grapefield Beach:

WRAL—The Dutch Caribbean island’s deputy police chief, Gerold Dompig, said police found the mattress in thick brush at Grapefield Beach, prompting authorities to focus their search for the 18-year-old honors student in that area. …

I don’t like to say this but it looks like Natalee may not be found alive.

Where were the chaperones when Natalee got into that car?

Where were Natalee’s friends?

My heart just breaks…

Update (6/5/2005 4:43pm):

Good news, the blood-soaked mattress is unrelated to Natalee’s case:

WRAL—SAN NICOLAS, Aruba — Police in Aruba said Sunday that a blood-soaked mattress found on a beach in eastern Aruba was not related to the search for missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. …

Update (6/6/2005 3:03pm):

I’ve started a new article to post updates on Natalee Holloway; updates will be posted here » Natalee Holloway Update

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