Massive search for missing Alabama teen stopped


*** Breaking News ***

According to CNN,

Massive search for missing Alabama teen stopped
(No further reason given at this point as to why.)

According to CNN, Aruba suspects trolled island hotels.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Two men charged in the disappearance of a U.S. teenager who went missing in Aruba more than a week ago were known to police for trolling area hotels to pick up women, and at least one had a previous brush with the law, a police officer said Tuesday.

The two suspects had lost their jobs as security guards at a hotel about two blocks from the Holiday Inn where 18-year-old Natalee Holloway was staying in the Dutch Caribbean island. They weren’t fired but their work contracts had expired, a police officer told The Associated Press.

The officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said several islanders told police that the two men who had been detained were seen hanging out frequently at different hotels trying to pick up female tourists in a friendly manner. No complaints had been filed against the men.

One of the suspects had a brush with the law, but it was not a violent or sexual offense, the officer said.

UPDATE: 3:00pm EDT – I have searched everywhere for confirmation on the search being called off reported by CNN and I can find nothing. AP, Reuters, Aruban news and even CNN has not confirmed this. CNN TV has not even reported such events. I am a bit suspect.

If any Aruban readers know please let us now by comment or email.

Posted June 7, 2005 by
Natalee Holloway | 26 comments

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    26 Responses to “Massive search for missing Alabama teen stopped”

    1. DeeDee on June 7th, 2005 1:34 pm

      This immediately brought to mind the missing Amy Bradley who was in the same vicinity and apparently vanished. The three men who were with Natalie should have been held but hearsay has it one’s father is a local judge. Their vehicle should have been detained and searched for blood. These two lowlifes in custody now appear to be scapegoats by a government who wants to hurry up and hush hush things in order to protect his economy. My bet would have it that she was taken off the island in a boat. Curacao is close proximity. Those with money buy they law enforcement in these countries and crimes are covered up. I pray Natalie is found. I pray in finding Natalie the Americans will also find other young women who have been separated from their families to become some drug lords queen or worse end up in a brothel. You can bet this girl was drugged. Everything she owned was left in her hotel.

    2. friend of mickey john on June 7th, 2005 1:38 pm

      DeeDee- i know mickey john and agree. I had heard that one of the 3 original persons dad was a judge, but had no idea that there was a previous incident with Ann Bradley. Thanks

    3. jules on June 7th, 2005 1:55 pm

      I pray for Natalie and her family. As a parent, I’m wondering how is it that the school sponsored a trip with 124 kids and only 7 chaperones? What kind of school allows kids to attend bars and drink? Even though the drinking age is 18 in Arub, it’s 21 here in the US, and I can’t understand why the school would condone having the kids go to bars.

    4. Juvenal on June 7th, 2005 1:57 pm

      Friend of Mickey John:

      Is there any truth to the reports that both Mickey and Elvis are or were been drug dealers?

      Many Americans are reporting that they have met Mickey John on trips to Aruba, I suppose after seeing the pictures of his arrest. One woman told CNN that she recognized him as a man who offered her marijuana while she was there.

      Is there any truth to the reports that they often hung around hotels to hit on tourist women? That’s no crime, but I’m just curious.

    5. Juvenal on June 7th, 2005 1:58 pm

      Friend of Mickey John:

      Is there any truth to the reports that both Mickey and Elvis are or had been drug dealers?

      Many Americans are reporting that they have met Mickey John on trips to Aruba, I suppose after seeing the pictures of his arrest. One woman told CNN that she recognized him as a man who offered her marijuana while she was there.

      Is there any truth to the reports that they often hung around hotels to hit on tourist women? That’s no crime, but I’m just curious.

    6. friend of mickey john on June 7th, 2005 2:33 pm

      juvenal- yes to both-but he is harmless. I traveled to aruba alone and he had taken off the day fromwork to pick me up at the airport…if he wanted to rob/rape/or pimp me out , then he would have done it immediately after he picked me up, and taken my cash,cards, jewelry,etc and done whatever he wanted with me/my body…I would have never checked into my hotel, and it would have been days before anyone missed me.
      I am sure he wopuld not hurt anyone. I hope they find her safe. Still, I bwill be more careful traveling alone.

    7. Juvenal on June 7th, 2005 2:54 pm

      Friend of Mickey:

      Thanks for your info.

      While I’m a little uncomfortable agreeing with the classification of ANY drug dealer as “harmless,” for some reason, I have a bad feeling about all of this.

      Why are the first three “persons of interest” still allowed to keep their anonymity, when the circumstances they have admitted to would seem to be much more damning to them? Why have they not been arrested too, and had their pictures in the paper?

      And, with the extremely tight lid that Aruban authorities are keeping on all information, why was it leaked that Mickey and the other guy were known drug dealers and were known to hang around hotels and hit on tourists? We’ve heard that one of the guys she left with was a drug dealer too, though we can’t confirm it because it wasn’t “officially” insinuated by anybody in Aruba, but somebody in Birmingham.

      This ALL stinks so bad, and there’s a lot more that smells that I could spend all day writing about.

    8. friend of mickey john on June 7th, 2005 3:44 pm

      I hope that they have arrested the two gaurds only to watch as the first 3 do/say something incriminating, thinking they are in the clear.

    9. Kortnie on June 7th, 2005 7:24 pm

      “friend of mickey john” – sorry to burst your bubble, but you have no idea why the aforementioned would choose to NOT do anything to YOU, yet WOULD harm ANOTHER.

      You have no idea. You and Natalee are not clones. OK, so he didn’t hurt you – GREAT! HOWEVER THAT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN HE DID NOT HURT ANOTHER!


    10. R on June 8th, 2005 4:28 pm

      From Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama, where Natalee was to begin
      college with a full scholarship.

      First, the kid is smart. U of A doesn’t give away scholarships (much less premed) to
      just anyone.

      I’m also concerned her friends were not paying closer attention. One said she seemed “out of sorts” on the dance floor. (Drugged?) These first three guys
      must have been pretty smooth and gained these folks confidence. While the latter
      two gentlemen say there were not near the hotel, could they have known the first three and met at this beach? I am also concerned South America is like 35 miles away
      and there is a possible connection with this Bradley girl perhaps having the same
      destiny. A fast boat — you don’t need a passport.
      There is no body to find. What purse or evidence there may have been is probably
      in the middle of the ocean somewhere between the two countries. Perhaps I’m trying
      to be optimistic that she’s still alive.
      If I were the parents, I would hire the best Private Investagators I could find. Police in every country must follow rules. PI’s are like bondsmen — they make their own and
      might be able to uncover something the police cannot or will not not disclose.

    11. Bella on June 9th, 2005 1:01 am

      I am sorry to hear about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The Police on Aruba need to search an area called The Cove for her. They need to really look that area over for her and see if there are any clues linking to her where abouts. Also someone at the hotel had to have witnessed something but are failing to say anything. Could it be that they are scared for there lives. Could they have witnessed her being abducted but fear for there families lives so they stay quiet. Hopefully God will give them the strength to speak up before it is to late for Natalee. Again I state they really need to check an area called The Cove for her. I pray God be with her and protect her through all of this. I pray that God be with her family and give them the strength to go through this as well.

    12. A concerned citizen on June 9th, 2005 10:58 pm

      Why must they check THE COVE? What is it? Why would she be there? Just curious as I have been following the case.

    13. Scared Monkeys » » Weblogs Empowering People on June 9th, 2005 11:02 pm

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    14. Friend on June 10th, 2005 2:17 am

      God help us…everyone…

    15. what do you mean? on June 10th, 2005 6:22 pm

      what do you mean check the cove? Why are you so presistent? why don’t you call the police and tell them to contact the people in Aruba to check the Cove…. If you think you know something god please say something…!!!!!!!!!!

    16. I'm totally confused .... on June 10th, 2005 10:48 pm

      Okay, tuning into this story really late, but has sparked alot of interest with me. I have two daughters that will someday want to go away on a Carribean vacation and this is scaring the heck out of me!!!!

      First off, why would her friends allow her to leave with anyone – especially locals and 3 at that??? I’ve traveled to the Carribean with girlfriends on a singles weekend when I was single and I can gaurentee you that I nor anyone one I was with would have ever let any of us go anywhere alone!!!! Secondly, what is the Cove – that’s totally freakin’ me out!!!!

      Third, has the FBI uncovered anything else?

      Just tryin’ to keep up here – I don’t get to watch alot of news, we mostly watch NickJr. in our house.

    17. Gwenndoline on June 22nd, 2005 11:58 pm

      Ok this is really driving me crazy, but there is this guys is really AWESOME . I would pay the money to find out where Natalie is but, it is a lot. He has predicted the outcome of the Scott Peterson Trail and Scotts demise…. I really think that Natalie’s mom should contact him. This may sound crazy but HE WILL FIND HER! I live is San Diego and I have listened to him on the radio… you guys would not believe what he has to say, Just my two cents into finding Natalie. I pray that she is still alive.

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    19. Olivia on July 15th, 2005 8:24 am

      I think Natalie was killed and and dumped in the sea and i think the goverment knows who did it but is hiding information I say we as Americans Ban the Island until Natalie is found dead or alive.

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    21. Barney5761 on July 21st, 2005 8:37 pm

      For the most part, Scared Moneys, has done a very good job of reporting on the Natalie Holloway disappearance case. But, they do edit a lot of comments that need
      to be said about Aruba, the Aruban police and justices, the drug, and prostitution trade
      in and around Aruba, the gaming dens, the sale of drugs and alcohol to kids under 21,
      wholesale use of drugs and alcohol by visitors from whereever, which is an open invitation to other criminal activites, as one hand washes the other. Barney5761

    22. Barney5761 on July 21st, 2005 9:33 pm

      7-21-05 If in fact, Aruba, is a jumping off point, or thrupoint for huge caches of cocaine, heroin, and weed, as is being alleged by many, then the US govt. indeed
      knows about it, has known about it, and permits it with a blind eye to the consequences. Going back to Pres. Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, the drug business with
      the South Amerijcan countries flourished as never before, tons upon tons coming into
      USA via Columbia and other S.American countries via USmilitary and CIA transport
      planes. Guns and ammo went South, and dope came back North, headed for Ny, LA, Chicago, Miami, you name they got it. If one cares look up Body Count, when Clinton
      was the Guv of tiny little Arkansas, well over 200 folks connected in some way with
      this family wound up deceased. Many alleged that it arose from the Bush team in DC
      using Mena, Ark. as a stop over point for destinations on the East Coast in National
      Guard and other Military transport planes, Guns and Ammo South, Dope to the greedy
      beast in the North.

      We have satellite cameras beamed down on the Caribbean area all the time. Why has
      no one thought of taking a look at the landscape of tiny Aruba only 6 X 13 miles in
      size, to see what if any changes in the land and terrain was present before and after
      Natalie’s disappearance, such as gravesites etc.- it has been said that these cameras from above can see a football on the ground from 250 miles out in space.
      Why not use this superior technology if it would pinpoint her bodies location so a
      proper burial could be performed, that is if she wasnt dumped into the sea, or taken
      elsewhere for the white slave sex trade in some brothel. Barney5761

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    24. The Reach Out group on August 11th, 2005 6:31 am

      What does Sylvia Brown the psychic say? She could shed some light or project some leads if someone asked her! I fear that Natalie was drugged, acosted and raped. She was left passed out on the beach. Those 3 suspects didn’t have any regards for her well-being afterwards. They are self-centered jerks that have a warped sense of ‘partying’ and ‘lack of anyone’s personal worth’. I hope Natalie is found but it doesn’t happen,they should be held responsible nontheless.Maybe an islander now has kept her for his own, to keep violating her.

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