Five years after the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Ann Holloway, the FBI are still clueless about the case. Lack of evidence has made the case extremely difficult to solve and added to that is the fact that the incident happened overseas in Oranjestad, Aruba. In a surprising twist of fate, a new evidence have surfaced to finally put Holloway’s case to an end.
Last Friday, an American tourist found a part of a jawbone with a tooth near the Phoenix Hotel, a large resort on the western side of Aruba. The “evidence” is now under evaluation at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands according to Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken .
Results will be release Thursday. Investigators and family members are eager to learn whether the jawbone found on the Aruban beach belongs to an animal or human. If results prove the bone belongs to a human, officials will then attempt to find out using a DNA match whether it belongs to Natalee Holloway. The test results were supposedly to be returned Wednesday but investigators were held up by a technical delay.
According to a spokesperson for the Netherland’s Forensic Institute the length of testing can vary but normally it takes only about a week to finish. The s
An Aruban prosecuter told CNN earlier that the initial examination by a forensic expert in Aruba determined the bone was that of a young woman’s. Blanken, however, was quick to caution that the final determination would be made by the Netherland’s Forensic Institute.
Natalee Ann Holloway, who was last seen in the island of Aruba back in 2005, was born on October 21, 1986 in Clinton, Mississippi. She disappeared on May 30, 2005, during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean country. She was just 18 years old and a fresh graduate of from Mountain Brook High School on May 24, 2005.
Holloway, member of the National Honor Society, was scheduled to return to the US on May 30. According to her classmates, she was last seen outside a Caribbean chain restaurant and nightclub in Oranjestad. She was inside a car with Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.
The three men were arrested but due to lack of sufficient evidence, they were released without charges. Joran van der Sloot, is currently waiting trial in Lima, Peru, on a different murder charge. He is currently under close surveillance after officials received a video footage of him saying Holloway died on the morning of her departure and that he dispose her body. He was obviously under the influence of drugs.
Van der Sloot, 23, denied that the contents of the video and subsequently said that he had sold Holloway into sexual slavery during an exclusive interview. Greta Van Susteren however later retracted his statement.
On March 29, 2010, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway’s mother Beth Twitty, through legal representative John Q. Kelly, with an offer to reveal the location of her daughter’s body for an advance of $25,000 against a total of $250,000. He was later charged with extortion and wire fraud by the District Court of Northern Alabama.