Remains Found in Search for Natalee Holloway

Father says tip led to Aruba find
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2017 12:10 AM CDT
Updated Aug 17, 2017 5:58 AM CDT
This June 10, 2005 photo shows a missing poster for Natalee Holloway, a high school graduate from Mountain Brook, Alabama who disappeared while on a graduation trip to Aruba on May 30, 2005,   (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File)
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(Newser) – Answers might finally be at hand for the family of Natalee Holloway, 12 years after the 18-year-old American student disappeared while on a graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. Father Dave Holloway says that in one of many trips to the island with private investigator TJ Ward over the last 18 months, they received a tip that led to unidentified human remains behind a house, People reports. "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 told the Today show on Wednesday.

Holloway says the tip came from someone who claims to have helped Dutchman Joran Van der Sloot, long suspected of playing a role in the disappearance, dispose of his daughter's remains. Holloway says DNA testing is being carried out on the bones and they should know within a month whether they belong to Natalee. Ward and Holloway's search is documented in the Oxygen series The Search for Natalee Holloway, which premieres on Saturday. Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores. (Read more Natalee Holloway stories.)

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