12:17 A Bloody Mattress has been found in southwest part of the island in St. Nicolas, and all roads have been closed in and around this area . That is all we have so far.
12:30 pm: The finding of a bloody mattress in has been confirmed by the Aruban Minister of Tourism according to Fox News reporter. (Minister of Tourism?)
Police found a bloody mattress Sunday on the south east part of Aruba where Alabama student Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared earlier this week while on a high school graduation trip, the Aruban minister of tourism has confirmed.
All roads have been closed in the area around San Nicolas as police continue to investigate. The mattress will reportedly undergo testing.
Meanwhile, authorities on the island detained two men earlier Sunday in connection with the disappearance of the teen.
2:00 pm The only new thing from Fox is that the 2 men taken into custody have been officially arrested. No mention of charges.
CNN is reporting Zuart Mangel is a place that the Aruban Marines are looking through the mangrove swamps in this area. CNN is reporting the mattress was in this area. This area is just east of St. Nicolas. *** News conference is scheduled in 2 hours, 3 pm Eastern. *** Arrest information on the two men taken into custody is expected.
2:30 pm AP – Police found the mattress in thick brush at Grapefield beach.
Police found a blood-soaked mattress on a beach in eastern Aruba and will conduct tests on it, hours after authorities detained two men in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager missing since last week, an official said.
Police found the mattress in thick brush at Grapefield beach, prompting authorities to focus their search for 18-year-old honors student Natalee Holloway in the area, the Dutch Caribbean island’s deputy police chief Gerold Dompig said.
More than two dozen Dutch marines combed the beach, a desolate coastal area of volcanic rock and sea grape plants. They poked the sand with thin probe sticks. A police helicopter sat upshore as small waves whitened and lapped the shore.
“The search is related to the discovery of a bloody mattress,” Dompig told The Associated Press.
Grapefield beach area known for its cliffs and climbing can be seen here.
Grapefield is situated on the eastern point of Aruba, near Seroe Colorado. It is reached by taking the road to San Nicolas and then following the signs to Seroe Colorado.
3:00 pm EDT: UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS FROM FOX NEWS
BLOOD FOUND ON MATTRESS NOT LINKED TO MISSING TEEN, Natalee Holloway.
4.00 pm EDT: From Aruban Press Conference via Fox TV
Aruban Authorities have formally requested from the US Embassy a Special FBI Dive Team come to Aruba to search the rocky shores. Search is being done on land and in sea.
No information was provided as to whether the 2 men arrested this morning had an link or relationship to the 3 men of interest who were last seen with Natalee.
5.30 pm EDT: AP - case will go before a local judge within 48 hours to determine whether the detentions are legal.
The men – ages 28 and 30 – were arrested Sunday morning at two separate homes in the southeastern community of San Nicolas, Attorney General Caren Janssen told reporters at news conference in the capital.
Janssen declined to provide the specific charges, saying the case will go before a local judge within 48 hours to determine whether the detentions are legal.
“The charges have a relationship with the disappearance,” Janssen said, without providing details. “There is a reasonable suspicion they may be involved.”
Janssen said authorities wanted a special FBI diving team because of rough currents in some areas. She said that authorities had not found any of Holloway’s belongings at the suspects’ homes. Authorities impounded three vehicles found at the two homes, and a team of more than a dozen FBI agents will help perform forensic testing on them, police said.
Update: Dan over at Riehl World is also doing a great job, if we have missed anything, he has everything else if not more!