New Leads Could Solve Holloway Case

Alabama teenager disappeared in Aruba; witnesses emerge
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2008 6:15 PM CST
Joran van der Sloot, right, sits in a car with his father, Paulus, after Joran was released from custody in this Dec. 7, 2007, file photo.   (AP Photo/Pedro Famous Diaz, file)
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(Newser) – Authorities in Aruba say they have new leads in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway that could lead to an arrest before the end of the year, CNN reports. Dutch student Joran van der Sloot remains the prime suspect. A new witness says she saw van der Sloot and his father near a pond the night Holloway disappeared. And one of van der Sloot's former girlfriends says he made suspicious comments about the case.

""Who knows? You may now be on the beach with someone who is able to get rid of a corpse," he reportedly said. In addition to the new testimony, the lead prosecutor says a much publicized videotape made by an undercover journalist should be admissable in court. In the tape, van der Sloot talks of hiding Holloway's body.