Natalee Holloway – June 10th 2005
There has been very little news since yesterday afternoons press conference with the Prime Minister of Aruba. One thing we all have to remember is that the Aruban justice system works completely out of the limelight, while the American system tends to put all the information out into the public domain as soon as possible.
CNN) — A teen being held in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway met the Alabama student at her hotel’s casino a day before she vanished, according to police.
Juron Van Der Sloot — the teenage son of an Aruban judge — was among three people taken into custody early Thursday. Two brothers, Satish and Depak Kalpoe, were also arrested.
Authorities have said the three were the last ones seen with Holloway, 18, when she left Carlos ‘N Charlie’s, a popular nightclub in Oranjestad, about 1:30 a.m. on May 30.
Also Thursday, authorities said the investigation has spread beyond Aruba — with police forces in nearby South America contacted. They did not say where those forces were or why they were contacted.
Police said Van Der Sloot met Holloway on May 29 at the casino in the Holiday Inn where she was staying with classmates who had traveled to Aruba to celebrate their high school graduation.
Holly Brown, a friend who accompanied Holloway to Aruba and was at Carlos ‘N Charlie’s the night she disappeared, said she found Van Der Sloot to be “very different.”
“We noticed he was in the casino all by himself,” she told CNN in Alabama. “He lied about his age, and when we went on the (Carlos ‘N Charlie’s) Web site, we found pictures of him there one week before at the same place, wearing the same clothes.”
Police arrested a teen Thursday who spent time with Natalee Holloway during her visit here and may have been one of the last people to see her before she disappeared.
Police detained Joren van der Sloot, 17, after a 6 a.m. raid of his home in the town of Montana. They also arrested two brothers, Depak, 17, and Datish Kalpoe, 18, in the town of Hooiberg.
Attorney General Karin Janssen would not specify what charges the three could face.
Deputy Police Chief Jan van der Straten said Holloway met van der Sloot in the casino attached to her hotel two days before she disappeared. Family friends say Holloway knew that van der Sloot had spent much of the week playing cards in the casino with a group of boys from the trip.
Employees at the Holiday Inn casino said van der Sloot and the Kalpoes were part of a group of young regulars at the poker tables. They also said teens from the Mountain Brook group visited often during their five-day trip, playing cards with the local boys and drinking heavily, sometimes before noon.
Brenda Bouwman, marketing manager for the casino, said everybody who worked there knew the Mountain Brook teenagers “because they were partying and they were loud.” She said Holloway was seen with a group at the blackjack tables on Sunday, May 29, although she did not think the girl was gambling.
Finding 18-year-old Natalee Holloway (search) is “priority No. 1″ for Aruba and no one will be above the law in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the American’s disappearance, the Dutch Caribbean island’s prime minister told FOX News on Friday.
Prime Minister Nelson Orlando Oduber (search) on Thursday visited Holloway’s family, who is in Aruba searching for the Alabama teenager.
Oduber said he conveyed to them “that we will do our utmost to try to find her and solve this case.”
“My family and all Arubans are with the family,” he added.
David Holloway, the missing teen’s father, said Oduber’s “concern is to find Natalie” and that “he asked us heart to heart what he could do to help us find her.”
Oduber has called an 11 a.m. meeting Friday with Aruba’s chief of police and other officials to determine if more assistance is needed in the search which has so far turned up no evidence of Holloway’s whereabouts.
From Gabriel Leo, a commenter in Aruba, is this link and story
Yesterday they were reviewing a security camara at a gas station on the island.
The worker there claims that it was Natalee. She also said that the girl was an American, she bought a bounch of calling cards and had a stack of cash on her from which she used to pay the cards. She claimed this girl was acting very nervous. She then walked outside and enterred a white car, where she claimes that an older woman was driving the car. She than claimed that this car sped off. She contacted the police and gave the information to them. The police came and cofiscated the tape from the camara and was viewed by Natalee’s brother who claimes that it’s not her, but can’t say this with certainty. The girl’s face isn’t clearly to be seen. One of the local newspaper printed a picture of her and posted a shot from the camara. What has people wondering if it is her is the way this girl was standing in the gas station and the way she stands when a picture was taken of her here on the island. Who knows, but everyone is now just looking for answers anywhere they can find them. that’s the newest developements in the case.
Update 18:46 EDT : Jairo has heard that the girl on the tape in the convienence story has been identified as a tour operator on Aruba.
Posted June 10, 2005 by Scared Monkeys
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Anyone else w/ any more news?
Are you in Aruba? Sorry if you have already posted your location, new here. Is there any other news on the girl from the gas station?
Oh sorry, just went through and re-read the begining of the post. I know the answer to my question now. Sorry
aparantly, there was an armed robbery yesterday of a super market, but i ve heard nothing on natalee.
Hm…take a close look at the elbows !!
or the whole arm…
what are you guys talking about? arms anmd elbows? sorry just checking in…
It would take more than a blurry view of an arm or elbow to convince me that it’s actually Natalee. I’m sure Natalee’s brother had a better view, and he couldn’t verify it was her.
Marie: Talking about the pic of the ‘supposed’ spotted Natalee in the gas station.
I think that if that wasn’t Natalee, then the person in the gas station would say, “Hey, thats me, not Natalee.” With all this stuff going on, if it wasn’t Nat, I’m sure the other person would have seen that article and pics by now
didn’t the “missing” post say that she had a brown freckle on her upper right arm that would be visible. i think these pictures are too small to tell.
oops i meant poster.
Angie that’s what I was thinking as well….but if her own brother says it isnt her then it isnt her…the girl’s face is a bit different though…
Anyways,I hope there will be an answer soon about what happend to her..I was born and raised on Aruba,I know C&C is a wild place,wild girls,always drunk but I mean drunk you know what Iam saying,I dont like this place I rather go to Mambo Jambo for some salsa rather than drinking and get stupid. I am not saying Natalee was…but come on,the chaperones must have seen things that i have seen there.I live in the netherlands for a long time now but i visit my parents twice a year.Last summer there was also an american girl missing but there was no FBI on the island and neither all the media hype,this girl showed up after 2 weeks,she fell in love with an Arubian and hide at his place while the parents went crazy looking for her.Why is this story differnt from Natalee’s? I dont know do you?
i was with these boys when i was in aruba in march and they were not suspicious at all. they did tell us that they were in a hotel across from the wyndam. thats so weird that i recognize a suspect in a kidnapping case. be careful to all when traveling!
Natalee Holloway is the victim of illegal drugs. Why would you take a high school class to such a place? I copied the following from the Department of States Web site. The warnings are to large to post, but this is part of it.
Aruba. Aruba is a transshipment point for increasing quantities of heroin, and to a lesser extent cocaine, moving north, mainly from Colombia, to the U.S. and secondarily to Europe. Drugs move north via cruise ships and the multiple daily flights to the U.S. and Europe. While the transshipment of heroin is of growing concern, evidence in 2004 did not support a finding that drugs entering the U.S. from Aruba were in an amount sufficient to have a significant effect on the U.S., but the eastern and southern Caribbean is an area of concern to the U.S. The island attracts drug traffickers with its good infrastructure, excellent flight connections, and relatively light sentences for drug-related crimes served in prisons with relatively good living conditions. This problem is further promulgated by the Netherlands Antilles’ law enforcement successes in Curacao during 2004, which necessitated a change in route on the part of the traffickers in the region.
hi is everyone on this site from aruba? whoever is what is the buzz on the streets on what happened to natalee,what do locals in aruba think? i am in usa be very interested in what they are saying there? thanks
Hi, I would like to ask if no one has taught of the possiblity of having one or more serious psychics help to find out more of the disappearance of Nathally Holloway, since we have seen that this has produced good results in the past with other crime cases.