Natalee Holloway, Update Sunday June 5


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1:00 am EDT According to CNN case being handled as a criminal investigation.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) — Aruba police are treating the case of a missing Alabama high school graduate as a criminal investigation but still hope she will be found unharmed, a police spokesman said Saturday night. Natalee Holloway, 18, was on a senior trip with classmates when she went missing nearly a week ago. Rudie Soemers, night watch commander, said the effort to find her became a criminal case two days after her disappearance. The woman from the affluent Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook was last seen leaving a nightclub called Carlos ‘n’ Charlie’s in the town of Oranjestad.

8:30 EDT The AP is reporting that 2 New People have Been Detained

SAN NICOLAS, Aruba (AP) – Authorities detained two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, who went missing nearly a week ago in Aruba while on a high school senior trip, the attorney general said.

Attorney General Caren Janssen called the men “suspects,” but declined to provide further details. They were not part of the group of three men who said they dropped off 18-year-old Natalee Holloway at the Holiday Inn in the early morning hours of May 30.

Police officers and three FBI agents, who are playing a supportive role in the investigation, took the two men into custody at two different houses in the southeastern town of San Nicolas, according to an AP photographer at the scene.

Police knocked on the door of one house, put the suspect on the floor and handcuffed him. Officers later detained a second man. They were both led to an unmarked police car and taken away.

Neighbors described the men as security guards who worked at a hotel closed down for renovation near where the blonde honors student was staying. Police and FBI agents searched the renovated hotel on Saturday.

An official close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said the three other men who are not suspects – legal Aruban residents between the ages of 18 and 25 – told police they had taken Holloway to Arashi beach on the northwestern tip of Aruba before dropping her off at the hotel.

10:00AM EDT

Video from MSNBC on the arrest of two suspects. (MSNBC hinting at recovery effort but unconfirmed.)

CNN Two men arrested not apart of original 3 men questioned.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) — Police have detained two men in connection with the disappearance of missing Alabama high school graduate, the Oranjestad police chief said Sunday morning.

Chief Jan van Strantan said the two men are security guards at the Hotel Allegro near the Holiday Inn where Natalee Holloway was staying.

“They have been arrested as a result of investigations against them,” he said, although he would not say if they have been accused of a crime.
Aruba is a Dutch protectorate, and under Dutch law, police are not required to charge suspects immediately on arrest.
Oranjestad police and FBI agents detained the two men in separate operations at their homes about 7 a.m., police said.

The men, ages 28 and 30, were not among the three men in whose company Holloway was last seen.

Police also took three cars for “further technical investigation,” chief prosecutor Karen Janssen told CNN.

Police still are interrogating the men, she added. Janssen said could not give details about the questioning because the investigation was ongoing and other people might be arrested.

The men were seen leaving their respective houses calmly and without resistance. Police were seen later carrying bags out of the house.

10:15 AM EDT AP: Investigators seized three cars to conducting forensic tests on them.

SAN NICOLAS, Aruba – Authorities in Aruba detained two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, who went missing nearly a week ago while on a high school graduation trip, the attorney general said.

Caren Janssen called the men “suspects” in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, but declined to provide further details. The men, who were not among the three described Saturday by police as “persons of interest,” were being interrogated Sunday morning.

Investigators also seized three cars and were conducting forensic tests on them, Janssen said.

“We are at this moment right in the middle of the investigation,” Janssen later told CNN. “There may be others involved. I can’t tell you the details why they are suspects. That would be damaging” to the investigation.
She would not say whether the suspects had provided information about Holloway’s whereabouts. A reward of about $50,000 is being offered for her safe return.

“We are continuing the search for the missing girl,” Janssen said.

11:30 AM EDT Clarion Ledger, “Teenager missing in Aruba careful, dependable, according to family”

It just goes to show you that one needs to be careful all the time. Especially when you are in foreign countries. There are bad things and bad people everywhere; please teenager (all for that matter) be careful and think. Just because nothing has ever happened to you in the past when you take chances does not make it safe.

Already a world traveler at 18, Natalee Holloway is nothing if not careful and dependable, relatives say. That’s why friends knew something was wrong when she failed to show up for the flight home to Alabama after a senior trip to Aruba.

“Natalee being late is a tipoff,” aunt Marcia Twitty said Saturday.

Now Holloway — with sparkling eyes, long blond hair, a dancer’s legs and a heart for service — is the focus of an all-out search in an island paradise just off the coast of Venezuela.

Back home, dozens of Holloway’s friends and classmates attended an afternoon prayer vigil Saturday. Stores are selling out of yellow ribbon as residents put bows on trees, mailboxes and doors all over Mountain Brook.

“The entire community is very concerned and very much in prayer,” said longtime city manager Sam Gaston.

Holloway, a Mississippi native, was known as a top student and tireless worker at Mountain Brook High School, where she graduated last month before leaving for Aruba with 124 other seniors. Twitty said seven adults went along as chaperone’s.

Holloway was in the National Honor Society, studied Spanish and was a member of American Field Service, which works with foreign exchange students. Her participation may have been a reflection of her travels, which Twitty said included trips to Europe, Canada and some cruises.

I have many personal accounts with the island of Aruba as I first went there 33 years ago. I dated an Aruban girl when I was in high school/college when I was the same age as Natalee. The difference being that the girl I dated had protective parents and her relatives on the island were a who’s who in Aruban government. It was also a more tranquil time back then as Aruba had not gotten to the glut of hotel expansion. The expansion of hotels and tourism meant that Aruba had to import help from many different countries and not just rely on Arubans. This is the biggest difference in the Aruba I used to know to the one that exits today.

Please kids, just be safe. I cannot reiterate using the buddy system when you are on vacation. Think first and pray for her safe return.

Posted June 5, 2005 by
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    22 Responses to “Natalee Holloway, Update Sunday June 5”

    1. The Blaghdad Café on June 5th, 2005 11:12 am

      She must be found!!!

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    2. Peggy on June 6th, 2005 5:08 pm

      My heart is breaking into a million pieces as I follow this heartbreaking story. Nearly 3 yrs. ago, I lost my beautiful 18 yr. old daughter in a car accident just after she graduated. She had tried to plan a Senior trip to Can Cun; however, there was not enough response for the trip to take place due to the concern of parents. My angel’s name is Jill, and she reminds me so very much of Natalee – beautiful, popular, a cheerleader, outgoing and loved by everyone. I am in constant prayer that this is a kidnapping and the 2 men involved don’t want to give up the information as to where Natalee is being held. I pray that Natalee’s parents will bring Natalee home alive and not have to go through the terrible nightmare of burying your child. God bless all of the wonderful people on the island – the tourists; the residents; the law enforcement; friends and family who are continuing their search for this beautiful girl. Thank you and God bless you for allowing me to share my thoughts. Prayers and blessings, Peggy

    3. Peggy on June 6th, 2005 5:11 pm

      I am sorry – I left this off – if anyone would like to visit my daughter, Jil’s, memorial site, the website address is:

      God bless you,

    4. Laura Murphy on June 7th, 2005 10:15 pm

      I cannot tell you how sorry I am for what has happened to your family. I can’t help but remember a similar incident that happened in 1998 to an Amy L Bradley. She was allegedly taken from her cruise ship while it was docked in Aruba. Is there any connection? Is there any way for the FBI to examine the staff of the ship Amy was taken from and compare that to the hotel personnell on the island now? I do believe that the same group may be responsible.

      Amy was said to have been taken by a member of the staff of the ship, namely a band member. I know if I were in a similar situation I would want to exhaust every single resource possible. I will be praying for Natalee and your family.

    5. A Freind of the Family on June 7th, 2005 11:35 pm

      Beth- (Natalee’s mom)
      We all miss you. you are in our prayers. Will is doing fine and we pray for you and Natalee together each night. You have helped to bring my son home from autism and I pray that you will be as blessed with help in bringing your daughter back to you.
      All of our love and support and prayers go out to you now and always-
      We are ever endebted to you-

    6. Lisa on June 8th, 2005 9:20 am

      Hi, I have been following this heart wrenching story.
      I am the mother of a teenage girl and cannot imagine having to go through this.
      I pray that this will have a favorable outcome.
      My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter…..God Bless you and your daughter.
      A concerned Mom

    7. Maarten Mannee on June 10th, 2005 9:21 am

      This is the boy that’s been arrested. Joran van der Sloot from Holland, son of a judge

    8. Bubba on June 10th, 2005 12:25 pm

      I think the reason the security guards were arrested is because they were paid off by the rich boys to say that they saw the boys drop her off at the hotel. The security cameras probably caught them in that lie, so they are being detained. Just my speculation, but the odds are in favor of these Aruban rich boys being the culprits!!!

    9. Iara on June 11th, 2005 12:25 am

      Aruba Police: Suspect Says He Killed Girl
      ORANJESTAD, Aruba – One of three young men who took an Alabama high school student to the beach during her class trip to Aruba confessed he killed her, police say.

      Deputy Police Commissioner Gerold Dompig told The Associated Press that the man was leading police late Friday to the scene of the crime.

    10. Iara on June 11th, 2005 12:26 am

      This is very sad. Prayers go out to her family and love ones and a thank you to the Arabian government for finding her murderer.

    11. Elaine Autery on June 11th, 2005 9:24 pm

      I can not express to you how sorry I am for your family. I have been following this story from day one. It is such a shame that a beautiful young girl can’t go on a trip to celebrate her accomplishments and remain safe. I am the mother of three beautiful little girls and it absolutely takes my breath to think of going through something like this. I pray for Natalee’s safe return home. Natalee and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND EVERYONE SEARCHING FOR NATALEE.

    12. Amanda Mattingly on June 13th, 2005 9:35 am

      It is tragic in this world for young women to have no sense of security when they travel. A year ago, while on a study-abroad program, I was kidnapped and raped. I was lucky to survive, only to be met with doubt and criticism from my program and university. To this day, I am haunted by the thought of other students going through the same thing that I did. And now, I see my fears on the nightly news. My family, myself, and the countless others out there going through this with you will continue to pray and hope for your daughter.

    13. Jody Swett on June 16th, 2005 1:56 pm

      My girlfriend and I have been going to Aruba every year for the last ten years. We have a week of fun in the sun and have gotten to know many of the locals. You can find trouble anywhere you go , but this Island has been one of the safest island for women to travel in. We have taken midnight strolls and picnics on the beach after dark. We have always felt very safe because any way you turn we sould see a security guard.
      I am very sad for the parents of this missing girl. I don’t know what I would do or how I would feel if something this tragic would happen to my child.
      I do believe that the grave error in arresting the 2 security guards needs to be justified in some way. This has put a blemish on their reputation that will be hard to erase.
      Not to sound judgemental – but where were the chaperones and why would young people be allowed to go to bars this late at night? I know of Carlos & Charlies quite well and it is a fun but rowdy place and not appropriate for young adults just out of high school.
      Lets pry that Natalie will be returned safely and that the friendly and beautiful island of Aruba does not suffer for this iincident.

    14. Eugene Tyler on June 21st, 2005 8:37 pm

      Well, she’s probably dead and you know what, that’s what happens. Sadly we have to live with it. If you are stupid, you will be alone in another country and you will also be killed. It is very sad that this girl had such little sense and allowed this to happen to her. Hopefully she’s alive and will be found, but that’s unlikely now. It is very sad that her parents allowed her to go on such a trip and allowed this to happen. If I would have seen something in this case to show that someone put forth an effort to protect her I would be outraged, yes. But I heard no story that she had two friends with her who were knocked out cold while Holloway was abducted. I didn’t hear a story about an adult chaperone chasing the car that took her as he was being shot at. All I hear is that she was at a bar and then didn’t show up for her flight. Idiots, idiots, idiots everywhere. May we all learn from this.

    15. Samantha on June 25th, 2005 11:08 pm

      I agree with Eugene that while this is tragic, it appears that little common sense was used by anyone involved. Let this be a lesson to all young girls: don’t leave a bar alone with a stranger.

    16. Samantha on June 25th, 2005 11:08 pm

      I agree with Eugene that while this is tragic, it appears that little common sense was used by anyone involved. Let this be a lesson to all young girls: don’t leave a bar alone with a stranger.

    17. Billea on June 28th, 2005 4:04 pm

      Wow. That’s harsh. It almost sounds as if you think she deserves it. That’s like saying drunk girls deserve to be raped. I’d watch what you say, you’re being pretty insensitive. Perhaps she trusted these boys because she’s young and optimistic. Is that a crime? I think we ought to change society so that people can be trusted again. I hate it that I’ll have to raise my kids in fear. No one should have to accept that. Are you a bad person? Are you sticking up for yourself? It’s my personal belief that we must be the change we want to see in the world. Try that on for size. God Bless Natalee and her family and God bless any victim that reads your insensitive comments. Thanks.

    18. Tim Jacobs on June 29th, 2005 12:46 am

      I think it is horrible what Eugene wrote about Natalie. You must be a heartless person or have or show no empathy or sorrow for this family as they go thru this horrible ordeal. Natlalie, I dont know you, but I pray everyday that God guides the authorities to whereever you are. So that your Mother and Father and family can be at peace. And the whole world who is following this story. My heart goes out to your Mother and Father and the rest of your family.


      Tim J

    19. Espavo on June 29th, 2005 4:51 pm

      Umm hello??!!! Ever hear of spiking someone’s drink to get them to co-operate with you? It’s called date rape in America ….maybe in the islands they use it to kidnap people? Ever think of that? There’s always more than one side to a story. I just pray this story has a happy ending and the people responsible for this are brought to justice.

    20. Debra Harris on July 14th, 2005 6:08 pm

      My heart goes out to this family; my family and I pray everyday for Natalie’s safe return. I must agree a little bit, however, with previous comments, “where were the chapperones?” and perhaps a rowdy bar is not the place for these young, inexperienced kids. Hopefully Natalie will be found alive….we are praying for the family.

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