Calling All SAR’s; Search More, Talk Later


I have been an advocate of anyone who is willing and able to help in the searches for Natalee Holloway. It does not matter whether it be with Texas EquuSearch or with any of the many other SAR’s (Search & Rescue) teams out there. I am sure the The Holloway and Twitty’s would welcome most any help that is provided to them to help find their daughter, Natalee Holloway.

That being said, maybe many of the SAR teams that wish to go to Aruba or are going to Aruba should put their priorities in place first before they set foot in Aruba. There is an old saying when you are about to do charity or volunteer work for organizations, “leave your ego at the door.” Today on WPBF News, channel 25 out of West Palm Beach, FL comes the following story: Team Heads To Aruba To Search For Missing Teen. I would commend any search team that takes time to help out the Holloway-Twitty family and search; however, before you even set foot on Aruba you are already criticizing others that have searched and the Aruban Government?

A team of searchers from Lake Park are heading to Aruba in search of Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager who has been missing there since May.

Fred Golba said he has a plan to find Holloway.

He will use specialized techniques to search the sandy beaches of Aruba.

Search dogs, Astro and Rhino, who Golba trained will be with him. Golba thinks they will help him succeed where everyone else failed.

“It’s been searched, but it hasn’t been properly searched. Not out of arrogance out of confidence. I have a lot of confidence that I’ll find that body from what I’ve seen,” he said.

In my opinion the more the merrier and if some one can help bring closure to the Holloway’s and Twitty’s the better. However, this idea of in-fighting or SAR’s politics that is going on is very much in poor taste. I am sure that the family cares not who finds Natalee, but that she is found. Criticizing searchers that have come before you when one has no concept of what may or may have not been done is puzzling at best. To also criticize the Aruban Government before you even have a dog on the ground is in my opinion just plain ridiculous.

“There’s only so many options and so many places she could be,” Knox said. “They’ve spent the least time in the obvious places — the beach.”

Knox agreed to send Golba and his dogs to Aruba because of his global experience with cadaver searches including Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Knox and his crew are highly critical of the paid search team that’s already on the island and the Aruban government.

Aruba is not the United States folks, as we have learned along the way in the many weeks that we have been following this story. If one thinks its as simple as just searching a beech in Aruba whenever one feels like it, you may be sorely mistaken. One may want to get their search & rescue dogs through Aruban customs before you start criticizing the Aruban Government. That would just seem like the wise and reasonable thing to do.

I wish this group of searchers the best for Natalee’s family sake. However, let’s just hope they keep their eye on the the ball and that is to find Natalee, not criticizing others that have come before you when you have no idea what the island politics is like. Once again, good luck and stay on point.

Posted August 10, 2005 by
Natalee Holloway | 2 comments

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  • Comments

    2 Responses to “Calling All SAR’s; Search More, Talk Later”

    1. Hyscience on August 10th, 2005 10:42 pm

      Wednesday Night Natalee Holloway Updates

      Here are tonight’s Natalee updates, including our usual HarryTho commentaries:

    2. Scared Monkeys » » Family and EquuSearch Respond to derogatory comments from Jim Knox on August 15th, 2005 8:21 pm

      [...] have to admit I was suspect of Mr. Knox by his previous comments when I previously posted, Calling All SAR’s; Search More, Talk Later. How anyone can go to Aruba and help in the search for Nata [...]

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