Last month, the skeletal remains of a woman of Eastern European descent were found on the island of Aruba. Her family hoped that the remains would prove to be Natalee so that they could have closure. However, testing revealed that it was not Natalee, reported Fox News.
Holloway’s father, Dave, and the private investigator he hired, T.J. Ward, found the remains on the island as part of their recent investigation.
Their quest to find some trace of Natalee, who disappeared in 2005, was documented in a TV show. “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” recently wrapped without revealing conclusively more than was already known.
Dr. Jason Kolowski, a forensic scientist who led the testing of the bone fragments, told the TV series that the remains weren’t Natalee’s. Tests were performed on the specimens, using DNA from Holloway’s mother, Beth.
The tests revealed that the skeletal remains were not related to Beth. This conclusively proved they weren’t the remains of Holloway.
“Out of four individual bone samples only one was found to be human,” Kolowski said. “The mitochondrial DNA bone sample was not a match to [mother] Beth Holloway, and so it was ruled out as being Natalee Holloway.”
Kolowski also said the forensic team does not know who the bone fragments belonged to. They have no details that could lead them to this possible another murder victim.
“We don’t know how old that person is. We don’t know how long that person has been dead,” added Kolowski.
Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared during a 2005 graduation trip to Aruba. She was straight A student from Mountain Brook, Alabama with a promising future. When she disappeared, she was going to attend the University of Alabama on a full scholarship.
Investigators believe she was murdered by Joran Van der Sloot, who she met at a bar while on the trip. However, Van der Sloot was never convicted of the crime.
He is currently serving a 28-year sentence in Peruvian prison serving a 28-year sentence for killing a business student, Stephany Flores. The crime occurred five years after Natalee Holloway vanished.
Please pray for the Holloway family that they might find closure. They will always wonder what happened to their daughter otherwise.
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