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Remains Found in Search for Natalee Holloway

Father says tip led to Aruba find

(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... More »

Shark Attacks Man During Helicopter Rescue

Luckless man was moments away from rescue off Aruba

(Newser) - Either the man was incredibly unlucky, or the shark had a sick sense of humor. The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard says a shipwrecked Venezuelan man was moments from rescue when he was attacked by a shark near Aruba, the AP reports. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the man clinging to... More »

New Witness: I Saw Fate of Natalee Holloway

Dutchman Jurrien de Jong says he saw suspect dispose of her body

(Newser) - On the night of May 30, 2005, Natalee Holloway ran onto a construction site with suspect Joran van der Sloot hot at her heels—and only five minutes later she was dead, according to a man who claims to be an eyewitness. But he says investigators won't take his... More »

Natalee Holloway Declared Dead

Judge makes ruling at father's request

(Newser) - Six years after teenager Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba, an Alabama judge has declared her dead. The move, announced in court today, follows a September request by Holloway's father; he wants to stop paying for her health insurance and give her college fund money to her brother, the... More »

Natalee's Mom: Don't Declare Her Dead

Father seeking to have missing Ala. teen declared dead

(Newser) - More than six years after high school senior Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a graduation trip to Aruba with classmates, her father wants to have the Alabama teen declared dead—a move fiercely opposed by her mother. Beth Holloway intends to oppose her ex-husband's "inexplicable effort to have... More »

Aruba Detains Suspect 60 More Days in Missing Woman Case

Gary Giordano will likely face charges

(Newser) - Gary Giordano, the man suspected by Aruban authorities in Robyn Gardner’s disappearance and apparent death, will be staying on the island another 60 days. He was ordered held yesterday as prosecutors prepare to file charges and ultimately try Giordano, who was listed as the “beneficiary in case of... More »

Witness: Woman Missing in Aruba Didn't Go Snorkeling

Authorities uncover more inconsistencies in Gary Giordano's story

(Newser) - Aruba authorities continue to uncover inconsistencies in Gary Giordano’s story: Now, a new witness claims Giordano and missing woman Robyn Gardner never actually went snorkeling. While fishing, the witness saw the couple walking along the reef around 4pm without entering the water. He later watched them drive away, and... More »

Aruba Suspect Tried to Redeem Insurance Policy

Gary Giordano tried to redeem accidental death policy on Robyn Gardner

(Newser) - Just two days after telling Aruba police that his traveling companion Robyn Gardner was missing, Gary Giordano tried to collect on the accidental death provision in the $1.5 million travel insurance policy he’d taken out for the trip, a source tells the AP . Giordano has since been detained... More »

No One Saw Woman Missing in Aruba Go Snorkeling

Gary Giordano, man being held, is 'scary,' say ex-girlfriends, wife

(Newser) - Robyn Gardner, the 35-year-old woman who went missing in Aruba last week, has tattoos covering her shoulder and one over her ribcage that translates to, "If I can't move the earth then I'll raise hell." But Gardner was actually a quiet, trusting woman who enjoyed taking... More »

Maryland Woman Goes Missing in Aruba

Disappears from same town as Natalee Holloway

(Newser) - A Maryland woman has gone missing while visiting the same Aruba resort town where US teenager Natalee Holloway was last seen six years ago, Fox News reports. Four days after the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35, police arrested a man they called a suspect in the case. Gary Giordano, who... More »

Aruba Cops to Quiz Van der Sloot Again

Dutchman says he's ready to talk about Natalee Holloway disappearance

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot may have offered to tell Aruba cops where Natalee Holloway is buried as a ploy to get out of Peruvian jail, but Aruba appears to be taking him seriously. Island authorities plan to send a cop and a prosecutor to quiz Van der Sloot in Peru... More »

Van der Sloot: I'm a Snake

The strange journey of boy who wanted 'to be a lion'

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot knows something that shouldn't surprise anyone: "If I had to describe myself as an animal, it would be a snake," he has revealed on YouTube. But he has higher aspirations. "I want to be a lion and one day I will be a... More »

Peruvian Prison Terrifies Van der Sloot

Accused murderer 'afraid I will be killed'

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot is being so forthcoming about Natalee Holloway's fate because he fears what will happen to him behind bars. "I don't want to be imprisoned in Peru," People quotes a Peruvian paper as reporting. "I am afraid I will be killed." Hence the... More »

I Know Where Natalee's Body Is: Van der Sloot

But confessed killer won't spill to anyone but Aruba cops

(Newser) - We've heard this song before, but Joran Van der Sloot is singing it again: The confessed murderer claims he knows where Natalee Holloway's body is buried—but says he won't give details to anyone but the cops in Aruba, reports the New York Daily News . Police sources told NBC News... More »

Van der Sloot Demanded Extort 'Contract' From Nat's Mom

Sign on dotted line for corpse info, he insisted

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot demanded a "contract" from Natalee Holloway's mom in which she was to agree to pay him thousands of dollars in exchange for information about her daughter's death in Aruba, according to officials. Van der Sloot, who remains the top suspect in the Alabama teen's disappearance,... More »

FBI: We Didn't Screw Up Van der Sloot Case

He had 'sting money' when he killed Peru victim

(Newser) - FBI officials yesterday denied they bungled a case against Joran Van der Sloot after paying him up to $25,000, which he apparently used to travel to Peru where he murdered a young woman. Investigators set up an extortion sting for Van der Sloot last month after he reportedly demanded... More »

Van der Sloot Confession Leads to New Search in Aruba

More details emerge in the Flores murder

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot has confessed —to one killing. But as more details in the Stephany Flores Ramirez case leak, new information regarding Natalee Holloway's disappearance may have come to light: Investigators in Aruba are searching near a bird sanctuary. More from the Daily Beast and the Telegraph :
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Van der Sloot Back in Peru

Suspect in Sunday murder, Holloway disappearance leaves Chile under guard

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot has arrived in Peru, where he is wanted in connection with the murder of Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel Sunday. Van der Sloot, 22, was taken into custody yesterday in Chile, which promptly deported him, AFP reports . Van der Sloot, long a suspect in the... More »

Holloway Suspect Wanted in New Murder

Joran Van der Sloot is top suspect in death of woman, 21, in Peru

(Newser) - Joran van der Sloot, the on-again, off-again top suspect in Natalee Holloway's disappearance, has been named the top suspect in the murder of another young girl in a tropical locale. Van der Sloot was the last person seen with Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, a 21-year-old Peruvian girl who disappeared Friday... More »

Aruba Calls Off Watery Search for Natalee's Remains

Photo is likely of coral, not skeleton: authorities

(Newser) - Aruban authorities have called off the underwater search for Natalee Holloway's body that was sparked when a Pennsylvania couple spotted what they believed to be a skeleton in photos they took while snorkeling off the island last year. A dive team spent two days scouring the waters favored by the... More »

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