Natalee Holloway Found? Dad Finds Human Remains in Aruba
Natalee Holloway's father says that a tip from a man who claims to have helped get rid of her body over 12 years ago has led to the discovery of human remains behind a house in Aruba. The remains will remain unidentified until the results of a DNA test come back in a few weeks to a month. The family of Natalee Holloway may finally haver some closure and the murderer and his cohorts may finally get the giant dose of justice they deserver, if found guilty.
General consensus of people who have both directly worked on the case, or have been investigating it in general have long suspected that Joran Van der Sloot as the culprit as he was the last known person seen with Natalee that fateful night. In March of last year, van der Sloot supposedly made a shocking confession to an undercover informant about having killed Natalee.
Joran van der Sloot was sentenced for murdering a student in Peru in 2010. He remains in a Peruvian prison serving out a 28 year sentence. Earlier theories inferred that Holloway’s body was hidden in a construction site or dumped in the ocean. An informant had told investigators over two years ago that he saw Holloway being chased into a building by van der Sloot, who came out a little while later carrying her in his arms. But his story was proved incorrect when an investigation showed the building was nonexistent.
“I know there’s a possibility this could be someone else, and I’m just trying to wait and see,” Dave Holloway said. “It would finally be the end.”
US federal attorneys in the United States also filed charges against van der Sloot in 2010, saying that he tried to extort money from Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, by giving her fake info about the location of her daughter's remains.
No one has ever been charged in connection to Holloway's disappearance.
The latest discovery comes from an 18 month long renewed investigation into the tragic disappearance of Natalee.
The investigation was documented for an Oxygen show set to premiere Saturday and led the pair to a man only identified as Gabriel, who claimed to be a previous roommate of John, a friend of Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national who was last seen with Natalee at a tourist bar in Aruba and is believed to be linked to her disappearance.
According to Gabriel, who speaks directly to Holloway in a preview clip of the documentary, John told him that Natalee was slipped a date rape drug at the bar, which later caused her to foam at the mouth and choke to death. A panicked van der Sloot then, with the help of his father, allegedly put Natalee's body in a burlap sack and buried her in a local park, planting a cactus over the spot to cover their tracks.
Investigators have been back and forth to the unspecified location in Aruba that was provided to them by the informant, ultimately digging up the remains.
“We have a person who states he was directly involved with [suspect] Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee’s remains,” Holloway told Today Wednesday. “I thought, you know, there may be something to this. We’ve chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years.”
Holloway and private investigator T.J. Ward said they have been back and forth to Aruba over the last 18 months and, thanks to an informant, found bones that testing recently determined were human.
Father Dave Holloway said the remains have been sent to the United States for DNA testing.
“They are in the testing process,” he said, adding that it could take a few weeks to a month to get results. “It’s a reputable lab and that’s all I can tell you at this point.”
Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared during a school trip to Aruba in 2005. Nobody has ever been charged with the Alabama teen’s disappearance and her body was never found by authorities.
Referring to the failure of successful investigation leads, father Dave Holloway told journalists, "Twelve years and we still have nothing, until now. This is the most credible lead I’ve ever seen."
He added, "Justice will be served."
And now the world waits for the DNA test results to see if this infamous case can finally get the justice it deserves.