According to Time, the cold case of Natalee Holloway has come back to life after the discovery of human remains. Since her disappearance in 2005, this could be the biggest lead yet about the mystery surrounding the case.
At the age of 18, Natalee was visiting Aruba on a graduation trip. She was surrounded by her Alabama high-school classmates. At the end of the trip, everything took a turn when the young girl did not return to her hotel room.
The night of her disappearance, she was seen drinking and partying at a local bar. She was last seen leaving the bar with three young men.
While no charge has ever been made in Holloway’s case, the prime suspect has remained the same. Jordan van der Sloot, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was with Holloway the night of the disappearance. He reported that he and two friends dropped off the girl at her hotel, though later he changed his statement and said he dropped her off at the beach.
Five years after Natalee’s case, the young Dutch man pleaded guilty to killing a business student named Stephany Flores Ramirez. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Now, a huge lead might resolve 12 years of mystery. Holloway’s father reported that he and a private investigator, T.J. Ward, found remains. They followed a tip given from an unnamed informant.
He said, “We have a person who states he was directly involved with Jordan van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee’s remains. I thought, you know, there may be something to this.”
The remains are currently being tested to see if they belong to Holloway. It will take up to several weeks to determine the outcome.
Natalee’s father is optimistic about the lead. He said, “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.”
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