Natalee Holloway; Prayer Vigil In Aruba


There is not much new information coming out of Aruba with reference to missing teen, Natalee Holloway. Although Aruban authorities have stated that government employees are allowed to take the day off and search for the missing teen.

Last night there was a prayer vigil in Aruba at what I am assuming was the California Lighthouse.

As AP reports today with regards to the two men arrested yesterday in San Nicolas, Aruba:

“The charges have a relationship with the disappearance,” Janssen said. “There is a reasonable suspicion they may be involved.”

According to CNN FBI dive teams leave Monday to go to Aruba.

Investigators on Monday planned to send an FBI dive team into the Caribbean waters off Aruba, where an 18-year-old Alabama student vanished a week ago at the end of a graduate class trip.

Police on Sunday charged two security guards with crimes related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

9:00 am EDT: In an interview this morning with Fox & Friends, Mountain Brook, AL Mayor Terry Oden was pretty tight lipped about speculating at what may have happened to Natalee Holloway. He was certainly somber when conducting the interview and only made mention when asked to speculate and and I paraphrase, “I have seen the dark side of life in my career.”

*** UPDATE ***

Suspects arrested named by source although police will not confirm

9:15 am EDT – Birmingham News

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Aruban police arrested and interrogated two men Sunday whom they believe were spotted with a missing Mountain Brook teen shortly before she disappeared a week ago.

The two men, known drug dealers, may have connections with three others targeted earlier as “persons of interest,” according to police.

Police identified the two suspects only as Aruban residents aged 28 and 30. They were security guards at the vacant Allegro hotel, which authorities picked through Saturday as part of the ongoing search for Natalee Holloway, 18. A security guard from the casino attached to the hotel identified one of the detainees as Mickey John of Granada, and the other only as Elvis from the nearby island of Bonaire. Police would not confirm those names.

11:30 AM EDT: News Briefing supposed to occur in Aruba by authorities.

Posted June 6, 2005 by
Natalee Holloway | 42 comments

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    42 Responses to “Natalee Holloway; Prayer Vigil In Aruba”

    1. Amy on June 6th, 2005 9:27 am

      I would suggest you to check if the information you are getting is accurate.
      I know that FoxNews releases a lot of information that aren’t based upon the reality of the situation. And are doing this to make NEWS.
      Right now there isn’t much new news that differs from CNN’s current statements.
      I don’t know where your news is coming from, I myself haven’t heard these details as of yet and I’ll suggest you to get a more accurate source of information.
      It’s about spreading correct information around.

    2. Red on June 6th, 2005 9:37 am


      Enough of your Fox bias. How are they doing this to make news? The disappearance of a teen in Aruba without a trace? Give me a break.

      (“I know that FoxNews releases a lot of information that aren’t based upon the reality of the situation.”) They have reporters in Aruba just like everyone else.

      I am not quite sure what you are even referring to?

      It was a FOX interview on TV with the mayor of Mountain Brook, AL. It was the persons own words. Kind of hard to skew that?

      The most biting comments and reporting have come from the Birmingham News.

    3. Amy on June 6th, 2005 9:57 am

      I live in Aruba, I know what’s going on here every top of the hour.
      And I aslo have access to the internationl news coverage on the case, I do hear things that aren’t even any close to the truth.
      I am just saying that not everything out there is what’s really going on here.

    4. Tucker on June 6th, 2005 10:22 am

      Since you live in Aruba and know what’s going on “every top of the hour”, why don’t you enlighten those of us not fortunate enough to be privy to the same details. If you have knowledge that the above report is inaccurate, then you must certainly be aware of what is accurate.

    5. Red on June 6th, 2005 10:28 am

      Amy I was just going to say the same thing as Tucker.

      Please tell us what you find as being inaccurate.

    6. Red on June 6th, 2005 10:38 am

      Feel free to email with anything that you claim is inaccurate and I will check it out. I, too lived and worked on Aruba. Many of those in Govt are old acquaintances I used to deal with.

      You state that there has not yet been a proved crime committed, which is technically correct. However, the statements from AL US Rep Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills are chilling.

      “were circumstances surrounding Holloway’s disappearance that warranted the FBI being heavily involved. He declined to give details. ”

      “The circumstances were disturbing,” said Bachus, who formally requested the FBI’s involvement. “I can’t get into it, but it’s something the family is aware of. There was an immediate recognition that this was not simply a teen who wandered off.”

      As I said Amy, please feel free to email or any of your friends on Aruba to get their opinions and what you are seeing on the ground.

    7. Amy on June 6th, 2005 10:43 am

      Untill now I know:
      The Arubian Government declared today “National Natalee Holloway Day” which means that everybody that works for the government of Aruba has more or less the day off from work to go and recruit in a town called Santa Cruz. There they’ll be forming search parties and then send off to different parts of the island to search for Natalee Holloway. The 10th, 11th and 12th graders of all highschools will also be joining the search parties.
      This declaration was from Minister of Justice: Rudy Croes.

      I haven’t heard anything else from the investigation on the two arrested men, well not anything new but I am sure there will be a press conference today. And I am sure the American media will be there too.

    8. Juvenal on June 6th, 2005 2:52 pm


      What, specifically, is being reported that’s untrue?

      The information that the three men claim they had sex with Natalie at the beach was reported in an Aruban newspaper, and nowhere else! Certainly not Fox News.

      As far as I can tell, the Aruban government, Natalee’s family, Congressman Bachus and the FBI are keeping a tight lid on non-essential details in this case, with the American media’s cooperation (for once).

    9. Juvenal on June 6th, 2005 2:55 pm


      The reporter(s) at Scared Monkeys, in my opinion, have a done a fine and responsible job of reporting the news out of Aruba. Their coverage has been conservative, not in the political sense but in the sense of going about it with soberness and responsibility (not that there’s been a whole lot of world out of Aruba).

    10. Tom on June 6th, 2005 5:42 pm


      Thank you for the kind compliment. Red and I are working hard to keep this all at an even keel. Where the families and friends can read as well as the people of Aruba. This is a gripping story on many fronts, not only the travails of a poor girl, but the economy of an island are all affected by it. We are trying to be as straight forward as possible, not shying away from the truth, but empathetic as possible to all the people that are affected.

      God Bless


    11. word on June 6th, 2005 6:13 pm

      amy no offense but u acted as though u had more info then the general public. i am not in aruba and seem to have just as much info as u. i think these guys are doing a great job of informing us.

    12. word on June 6th, 2005 6:15 pm

      amy no offense but u acted as though u had more info then the general public. i am not in aruba and seem to have just as much info as u. i think these guys are doing a great job of informing us.

    13. Amy on June 6th, 2005 7:15 pm

      I agree with you, two thumbs up to everyone at
      But I will say something if I don’t feel it’s accurate, I find it’s my right.
      And I do find you should report the correct information, whether it’s bad news or good news it should always be correct, in my eyes.

    14. Tom on June 6th, 2005 7:21 pm

      Thanks for the nice words Amy, and we do appreciate all that you have done. We are watching this drama through many eyes, and to have yours helping out is wonderful. And for those who have read us, we do make mistakes. But we correct them as fast as we can and treat the people who showed us the errors we made like heros. Of course, I am saying this in regards to facts, not opinions. Our opinions some may think are misguided, and to that I say too bad. Opinions are not up to a vote, but facts must be corrected.


    15. Judith Armacost on June 9th, 2005 7:40 pm

      It is a shame the girl is missing, but she used poor judgement in going off with men she really did not know! That is not reliable! Unless she was drunk or drugged, she did a stupid thing. And I hope they are not holding innocent people also. Why did the FBI not dive looking for her when they got there?Good luck to all, but it doesn’t look too good!

    16. Claire on June 11th, 2005 12:06 pm

      I’ll tell you what was poor judgment- having a sr class trip with 124 horny teenagers be in ARUBA? Instead of Washington DC or something like that? Give me a break. What was her idiot school even thinking of? Let’s take 124 teenagers aged 17-19 and turn them loose on party island, the F*** capital of the world, practically-oh, and let’s give them lots of booze.

      It’s like the term “attractive nuisance”. Yes, the kid shouldn’t have trespassed on the man’s property and gotten himself drowned in the pool or stuck in the refrigerator, but the person putting those things there has responsible.

      Well, surely leading a sr class to party central qualifies.

      I feel for her parents but they, along with the school, had a real lapse of judgment letting her go there.

      Amy Bradley disappeared off a cruise ship- didn’t even go to Carlos n’ Charlie’s. Someone had wanted to have her disembark and go there with them and she said no, that was creepy. And now the last reliable sighting of her (I don’t believe for one second she ever made it to San Francisco) was in a Venezualan brothel.

      And now Natalee Holloway’s disappeared from that same bar.

    17. Jess on June 11th, 2005 1:59 pm

      I think that Natalee was drugged at the club or something and unwillingly forced to go with those men. And if she wasn’t why wouldn’t she stay with her fiends or her fiends go with her?

      I think that Natalee could have been smuggled out of Aruba. The people that she was with could have taken her to a dock or privite air strip and smuggled her out of the country. She could have been taken to Cuaracao, which is one of Europe’s biggest drug trafficing exports, and shipped off to Europe or Africa or something.

      The only thing that I could suggest to Natalee’s parents is check all the privitaly owned boats and airlines that she could have been unwillingly forced on. And to keep Natalee’s abduction as internationally public as possible. The longer they keep the world looking for her the more chance they have to find her.

      I just really hope that we find Natalee alive.

    18. ana on June 11th, 2005 6:12 pm

      Amy, you have my support
      It looks like this is a blog where the authors’ posts cannot be even questioned? What sort of free speech blog operation is this?

      Only in this site – that I found by chance when googling for Natalee – have I seen that the 2 arrested folks were “known drug dealers”. Let’s not be dumb here – how convenient is it to let go the son of a high-profile law official -one that Natalee’s friends actually saw *was* with her the night she disappeared – and arrest 2 guys of color that were “identified” by the above mentioned Dutch guy plus 2 of his friends? And now they’re described as picking up female tourists (as half of the male population of Aruba in the tourism industry probably does anyway…) and being *drug dealers” Give me a break.

    19. Dee Worta on June 11th, 2005 6:27 pm

      I agree with the person who blames the school/parents for letting those teens go on a trip like this. Different laws…different ideas…bad choices waiting to be chosen. No offense to teens around the world…but most teens I know are very nieve. When I first heard of this I thought….”shame on her parents for letting her go.” I feel for her family and friends…may this be a lesson to parents with teenage daughters.

    20. rb on June 11th, 2005 9:03 pm

      I just hope they find natalee and she is ok, god bless her family and friends.

    21. Claire on June 12th, 2005 1:26 pm

      I hope they find her, too. I am truly sad about this.

      To Dee- yes, you know what- I wouldn’t even want to see a 21 year old going there under such poorly controlled circumstances. Aruba has a history of targetting young women.

    22. Penny on June 13th, 2005 12:51 pm

      I am a potential tourist. I am one of those people the Arubans are trying to protect by trying to make us think that nothing violent happened to this girl named Natalie. In doing this they obviously do not understand Americans. We are suspicious by nature. We have experienced being manipulated. We know the Aruban authorities are manipulating us to try to make us think their country is safe and that one of their judges boys is innocent.

      The funny thing is we would believe Aruba is safer if they could quickly prove what happened to the missing girl and would deal with the offenders harshly and properly. That is what makes Americans feel safe in a country….. not pretending nothing happened. If they want tourism to flourish in their country they will find out what happened. They will not cover it up. They will prosecute the crime. They will then reap the benefits.

      If they don’t handle it this way they will reap the consequences. Americans will feel their govt is soft on crime. Americans will be afraid to come because they know if anything happens the Aruban govt won’t do anything about it. The world will know they are not safe in your country.

      These boys know what happened. These boys did something to this girl. All Americans feel strongly about that. Now its the Aruban govts time to do something. Prove to us crime is not allowed there. Please prove to us we are safe when we come. Prove to us criminals are dealt with. Show us you can solve this crime! PLEASE for a young girls sake……… this.

    23. Louise on June 13th, 2005 8:52 pm

      Dear Parents of Natalee,

      I am so sorry to hear of Natalee. I was just in Sedona, Arizona at the highest peak of the moutains in a chapel that a woman created in honor of her mother. My only prayer was for your daughert and her return to you loving arms.

      I am a mother of two teenagers, and can only image what you are going thru. My heart and prayers will be with you until you know where your daughter is.

      Love Louise in New Jersey

    24. Oli on June 15th, 2005 10:02 pm

      Someone said she could have been smuggled off Aruba and I agree. Maybe they sold her, like in human trafficking. Off to the Sudan. I hope she returns home safely.

    25. calli on June 16th, 2005 12:42 am

      Natalee’s Parents,

      I am so sorry that so many people feel it necessary to “blame” you. We too sent our young, sweet, naive daughter on a trip to Cancun, Mexico on her senior trip. I questioned our decision several times when we made the decision to let her go. We prayed the entire time she was gone that she would come home safely. So many awful things happened while they were there. No, no one disappeared, but there were girls who were raped, girls who were drugged and girls who lacked responsible decision making abilities due to the amount of alcohol they consumed. We were blessed that our daughter, was one of the ones who managed to survive the terrible misjudgements she made without tragedy. When she arrived home telling us of what had gone on while in Mexico, I cringed at thoughts of what could have happened to her. There were times on the trip that she was scared for her life. I have thought many times about our lack in judgement for letting her go. She came home, THANKS TO GOD, but she could have easily disappeared as your daughter has. When I heard about your daughter, I immediately started praying, THANKING GOD, for watching over our daughter and for bringing her home to us, and BEGGING GOD to bring your daughter home to you! Our prayers are with your daughter, you, and your family. God bless you all!

    26. Jack L on June 18th, 2005 4:13 pm

      Aruba, Cancun, Curacao, and a host of other permissive places are hang-outs for sexual predators and equally horrible criminals. Many, many times I have been asked to investigate rapes and assualts on young girls who venture to these spots for spring break, class trips, ect. The ‘chaperones’ are a joke. Most never see one while on a trip. Many adds ply that their tours have chaperones but that could mean any barman or bellhop that is at the booked hotel/resort. I have been in the private investigation business for 26 years and most of my work is with missing/abducted persons and I specialize in the Caribbean and Mexico. Parents need to keep the trips closer to home AND supervised, the same thing could happen in Miami or Honolulu and it sure has in the recent past. The unwillingness of the Aruban govt to really pursue these crimes should tell you something.

    27. BIG DAN on June 18th, 2005 4:20 pm

      How does this sound? Me and maybe one or 2 of my gym buddies go to Aruba and take out a little Texas Justice on each and every punk, wigger, pervert, or any scumbag that leers at a woman for over 2 seconds!
      Maybe a little attitude adjustment with related severe torso/upper body trauma would clean up these turds. Problem is this: In the islands, you have NO say. Answer is this: Beat a few like runaway slaves and maybe the effect will catch on and things will be safer for awhile.
      I don’t know if this is the answer but we are in the process of booking flights right now. So if the news is full of Arubans with teeth missing and broken skulls, then you know BIG DAN has been there. You got to agreee with me.

    28. ronald on June 19th, 2005 9:08 am

      just out of curiosity. how many so-called friends or chaperones missed their flight to look for natalee when she didn`t show up at the airport. maybe she aws too popular.

    29. kellycat on June 21st, 2005 1:37 pm

      I do belive, as I did from the beginning of this investigation that this girl was sold to some sort of sex ring. The authorities will never find the body because there isn’t one. these three boys and their ship mate DJ, got money to buy drugs or some other kind of kick. They know if they don’t talk they will get away with it because the girl is never going to be found.

      Parents beware, even if your children are adults, if you don’t tell them the way of the evil world, they take a big risK out there. My son was swimming in a pool in the Ritz carlton in Key Biscayne and I sit at the pool and watch the entire time. At 9 years of age, I saw a young man start to play ball with him in the water. my son was trying to get away but the man kept throwing him the ball, and wouldn’t stop. I went right over to them at the side of the pool and yelled in a very loud voice for my son to come over to me. then I said in a very loud voice to the man to play with someone his own age. he slithered away without looking at me. I tried to keep an eye out for him the entire week, but he was gone, that instant, i yelled at him, he was gone! Was he trying to do something evil there…. who knows, never take a chance…I grew up in Brooklyn New York and was very street smart…taught to me from my parents.

      i try to make my son aware of as much as I can now. Its sort of like money in the bank. Being forwarned means forearmed.


    30. kellycat on June 21st, 2005 1:40 pm

      I was going to visit Aruba for Christmas. Not anymore!

    31. mzslackypants on June 22nd, 2005 1:44 am

      On the Team Amber Alert website, they have stated that one of the three boys confessed something bad happened and helped to lead authorities to the body of Natalle Holloway. This is shocking if true. I feel the urge to trust “Americas Amber Alert Center National” news: but why have we not heard this anywhere else?? Interesting and sad to read : php?name=News&file=article&sid=8422

    32. mzslackypants on June 22nd, 2005 1:52 am

      Sorry, correction to that web address :
      Quote from news : ” This is a sad and cruel situation in Aruba as this develops real review of how this was covered and why reports were not fully verified. TAA can confirm that a crime scene was located and that the official government release is that Natalee is deceased”.

    33. smileybrunette on June 22nd, 2005 2:27 pm

      That article was posted on June 11. I’m not sure it’s still current. The whole confession thing was retracted later on and the parents say they know nothing. It seems a little strange to me that some justice minister announces such a thing and then it all gets taken back. As for parents sending their teens on senior trips to other countries, I’m just glad I talked my daughter into spending a week at a Christian camp/vacation resort in Canada with lots of supervision and lots of wholesome things to do, instead of to Mexico with some of the other seniors.

    34. Lisa on June 27th, 2005 3:59 pm

      It is sad that the parents are blamed for the disappearance of their daughter. Should I not go to the store, because someone might harm me? Please. The victim is Natalie Holloway and her family. The blame rests on the ones who committed such a shameful and criminal act. Remember than when you think of blaming her parents. How wouldn’t want to go to the beach and celebrate their high school graduation. Senior trips shouldn’t cease, because of a few bad apples in the world.

    35. hyacinth shultz on July 1st, 2005 12:59 am

      I hope the coverup ends. I get so angry when I see the agony of the parents and family. No one should have to go through that. And now we hear that the father tells his son “no body no crime”. It all gets sicker every day.
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    40. shelly on August 4th, 2005 10:47 pm

      I dont think its necc. to place blame on Natalie for being naive OR place blame on the school and everyone else….This poor girl is gone…and probably dead…Lets just focuss on sending her family much needed prayers…and say a prayer perhaps she will be found.

      I do feel alot though the media coverage is out of control on this story – There are THOUSANDS of missing kids in the US alone that you will never hear about – Lets help all of them come home and Natalie Too….

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