In 2005, high school graduate Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a class trip to Aruba. Twelve years later, her parents are one step closer to finally have closure.
Fox News confirms that tests done on the human remains discovered in Aruba last week belong to a young female of Eastern European descent. Holloway vanished in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, 12 years ago.
In the next two weeks, further testing will reveal whether the remains do in fact belong to the 18-year-old from Alabama. The article also notes that Holloway's family is of Eastern European descent.
The remains have only been found because of an 18-month undercover investigation performed by Holloway's father, Dave, and a private investigator. The search was documented in a new series “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.”
“We did an 18-month undercover investigation with an informant who was friends with an individual who had personal knowledge from Joran van der Sloot,” Dave Holloway told the Today Show last week.
Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national, has been the primary suspect in the case. He was never charged in Holloway's case, but he is serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for killing a business student only five days after Holloway disappeared.
Holloway's father and the P.I. discovered a man named Gabriel, who had lived with John Ludwick, Van Der Sloot's best friend. The informant told them that Natalee was reportedly last seen outside of a bar before she disappeared with Van Der Sloot, whom she met while on the trip.
"Gabriel said Van der Sloot tried to kiss Natalee after her drink was spiked with the date rape drug GHB but the teen started to foam at the mouth. Natalee choked to death on her vomit and Van der Sloot panicked and allegedly put her body in a burlap sack and buried her in an Aruban park, using a cactus plant to cover his tracks," reported Fox.
Holloway's father shared that their informant took them to the spot where the remains were found. Holloway’s mother, Beth, gave a saliva sample to help with the testing.
"So far all the indicators are that these bone fragments are the human remains of a young female, consistent with someone of eastern European descent,” reports the article.
Only time will tell if this is the closure the family has been waiting for. Check back for updates. Also, make sure you don't miss our latest story: Sarah Palin Makes Major Endorsement.