Dave Holloway; “I can’t stand behind the call for a boycott against Aruba.” I am a man of patience.


Yesterday in an interview with the Aruban newspaper Bon Dia. Dave Holloway stated that, ” I can’t stand behind the call for a boycott against Aruba.” In the many conversations that I have had with Dave Holloway he has pretty much expressed the same point of view.

Although he has shared the same frustration with the fact that the three suspects, Joran Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were released, Dave has always believed that it be better to take the sure and methodical route than one that will not properly prosecute those that are responsible for his daughter Natalee’s disappearance. Dave Holloway discussed this with Scared Monkeys prior to his trip to Aruba.

In his interview with Bon Dia, September 19 issue Dave Holloway also went on to state the following:

“I want the Police Force of Aruba to know, that I support them, just like I support the entire community of Aruba. Because only with the help of Aruba, eventually we will solve this case”, according to Dave Holloway, who added that he received all assurances that the investigation will go on.

Dave Holloway does not think that there was a cover up in the investigation of Natalee Holloway. He is aware that probably at the beginning the police were ‘on the wrong track,’ meaning that they were following the wrong lead. But, then the correct road was taken. “They are after, truth.

The case has been going on for three and half months, and still nothing has been found of Natalee. But there are cases that go on much more longer than this. I am a man of patience.”

One of the comments that has been lost by the many who have discussed this interview in the sense that they would rather see this as a division in the Twitty/Holloway camp over a supposed boycott that the following comment by Dave Holloway:

He emphasizes that Dr. Phil does not reflect his thoughts at all. And he believes that every American who watched that show will eventually make their own conclusions. “I can’t talk for others. But I can’t see why 100,000 people should be affected by the acts of three, others who are not even from Aruba.”

Many have wondered why Arubans have not come out against this very fact. Aruba’s reputation and perception in the US is being based on the actions of individuals who are not even Aruban. One must really consider what Dave Holloway is doing. I truly hope that Aruba and Arubans appreciate and understand his compassion. It takes a big man in Dave Holloway not to wish and want retribution upon an island as a whole where his daughter has disappeared stating how could it be fair to actual Arubans when the individuals that everyone seems to be questioning as responsible for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway are not even Aruban. Seems like it would be fair play and good form for Arubans to use the same thought process.

The rest of the interview from Bon Dia is translated as follows:

The investigation received a hit when the three principal suspects recovered their freedoms, based on the decision of the judge. This shows that this case in not easy, and harder work is needed.

Although Dave Holloway does not go in details on what Beth Twitty said about the declarations of Joran, where he admitted to have had relations with Natalee while the youngster was constantly losing consciousness. The only thing that the father said was “I watched the show. We all watched the show. I can’t go in that direction. We have a job to do, we have to keep looking forward. I have new information to give the Police Force, that we received via the email helpfindnatalee@comcast.net ”

Will not talk to press about new information
Dave Holloway gave his word to the Police Force that he would not divulge any information to the press, neither local nor American, about any new development in the investigation. The father of Natalee says that at the beginning of the case, he himself tried to avoid talking to the American media, especially because his goal was to look for his child. Eventually he could not avoid this any longer, but now, although he will keep on talking to the press he will not divulge anything about the investigation.

Holloway says that his aware of all the comments, all the arguments, and the amount of people who came to Aruba can affect the quality of the investigation. But, Dave is grateful for all the help he and the rest of the family received. There are many people who came just to help, tourists who sacrificed their vacations to help, but definitely many Arubans who also helped well. But of course there were some who just wanted to have television attention to sell themselves or their product,” according to Dave.

For what deals with the investigation itself, the police are in charge. There are many possibilities, many directions in which this case can be continued, according to the father of Natalee. Until now the only determined fact is, that Natalee left Carlos & Charlie’s with the three suspects. From there, there can be an endless amount of theories.

“That is why, every person who has a tip, no matter how small, give it to the police or give it to us. It can help.”

“The Natalee Holloway Fund”Everybody in Aruba know knows that there is a “Natalee Holloway Fund”, where people can contribute with money to cover the costs of the families in the process of finding Natalee Holloway. Thus concerts were already organized, and there was even an auction where famous artists like Courtney Cox of ‘Friends’ contributed. And although Dave is the father of the missing young girl, he has no access to those funds. “I don’t know the reason why I can’t get to that money yet. But I was able to cover the expenses of my trips to Aruba with help of my Church.”

Dave Holloway said that his absence from his business has affected his income. He is self-employed, and so had to look for someone to help him, meaning that he has even more expenses.

On the matter of life insurance, Dave denies that he took out a life insurance of millions on his daughter. And he also discards the possibility that Natalee ran way from home, seeing all that Natalee herself was telling him and the plans that his daughter was telling him about that she wanted to accomplish before she started with the University.

Referring to the possibility of kidnapping by others, Dave Holloway does not discard this completely. He himself was not aware that the sons of Jar Twitty, meaning the brother of Natalee’s stepfather were also in Aruba. He himself does not know these youngsters.

But, one thing is for sure, Dave Holloway will keep on looking with his daughter, with the cooperation of the Aruban authorities, and if he has to wait for years, he will do this. “God only knows why He made us take this this road. He guides us. And although we cannot understand why right now, I am sure that there is always a good reason for everything.”

Those who want to give a tip, without risk, or want to give a contribution to the expenses of Dave Holloway, they can do this at the email helpfindnatalee@comcast.net

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  • Comments

    19 Responses to “Dave Holloway; “I can’t stand behind the call for a boycott against Aruba.” I am a man of patience.”

    1. ironsides on September 20th, 2005 3:45 pm

      I can understand why they are divorced – Mr. Holloway is playing a game with this or he is very gullable. The “people” of Aruba want nothing more than for this thing to go away. I can see that the Aruban “officials” a very wisely playing a game of divide and conquer with the divorced couple, having separate meetings and communications, still holding out a bit of hope that they are doing something, when inactuality, their plan is to do nothing.

    2. Elizabeth Saxxon on September 20th, 2005 3:59 pm

      Dave Holloway must be blind to not be able to see that the Police Chief Jan van der Straaten, (who is best friend to Paulus van der Sloot and godfather to Joran van der Sloot) clearly let his godson go in the first few days to get rid of evidence and Natlee’s body. Joran admitted to raping Natalee and he admitted that she was buried. What happened to that confession? Ask Jan van der Straaten. O, thats right, he’s been shipped off the island, something about “early retirement”. The police chief supressed evidence. WHY hasnt Dave been able to figure that out yet? Geraldo Rivera reported early in the investigation that an American FBI agent overheard Jan van der Straaten say to another Aruban official “How can I do this to this boy? He is my best friend’s son!! ” Come on…it is so obvious.

      And Dave H. says that only with the help of the Aruban Police and the Aruban people will this case be solved. Mr. Holloway, you HAVE had the help of the Aruban police and people and they have NOT solved this case and they never will. I think you are allowing your Christianity to cause you to be naiive and not see what is so painfully obvious: THIS HAS BEEN A COVERUP SINCE DAY ONE AND WILL NEVER BE SOLVED BY ARUBAN AUTHORITES. Even the prosecutor takes vacations every few weeks, she is obviously not serious about finding the truth. Prosecutors in the US cringe at her apathy and neglect. Quite frankly, Dave Holloway needs to have better communication with his ex-wife and be on the same sheet of music as her if he wants to find what happened to their daughter. Taking a stand like this makes Natalee’s mom look bad and makes it look like you are divided when you should not be. You have a missing daughter for crying out loud. Open your eyes and see the truth and support Beth to find Natalee. What is wrong with a ban of Aruba? What good is an island where the bartendars in the bars drug our American citizens and locals rape them and then the police give No justice to the families and victims? It sounds to me like a boycott is JUSTIFIED and even more so : WISE, very wise.

    3. Dez_Perado on September 20th, 2005 4:31 pm

      If I remember correctly, Jug Twitty also denounced the idea of a boycott and wrote the Governor of Alabama asking him not to pursue that idea.

      Personally, I do not think an official boycott is necessary. When the time comes for graduating seniors to sign up for these spring celebration trips, I doubt many will be on their way to Aruba.

    4. alison on September 20th, 2005 6:31 pm

      I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Holloway about the boycott. History shows us that a well-communicated boycott is a very effective way to get a corrupt government to act. Though kind and helpful, the people of Aruba feel the daily pressures of their lives and will not risk anything substantial in the search for his daughter until they are pressured to do so–just like people anywhere in the world. The authorities communicate with Mr Holloway in an encouraging yet ultimately empty manner because he poses no threat. Mr Holloway’s patience and wish to believe people are kind and good will not retrieve Natalee Holloway from Aruba. The Aruban authorities are stringing Mr Holloway along, and the Aruban people will not rock the boat unless forced to. There is corruption and unreported violent crime in Aruba and other nations in the region. There is nothing wrong with calling a nation on its problems via a boycott. At the very least, the boycott will give a dose of reality to other young women who are contemplating a trip to Aruba or the region. Young female tourists are preyed upon, and the residents of Aruba know that. You never read about that in the guidebooks or tourism brochures.

    5. Prima on September 20th, 2005 6:35 pm

      “Police Chief Jan van der Straaten, (who is best friend to Paulus van der Sloot and godfather to Joran van der Sloot)” Van der Straaten is gone. He has been gone for a bout 6 weeks now. I am not sure who the new police chief is but I know that he is also Dutch. Elizabeth is 100 percent on target about VD Straaten letting his Godson and cronies (aka “the pimps”) go long enough to hide evidence, etc. (conspiracy and coverup).
      Dave Holloway needs to wake up…… It doesn’t matter what they tell him because they will never tell him anything of significance.

    6. jenna on September 20th, 2005 7:29 pm

      Maybe its Dave and Beth playing the game…. Beth is getting her story out to the U.S. while Dave is still behind the scenes in Aruba. I think the scenerio is perfect and I am sure we will be hearing alot more in the future.

    7. R. Decker on September 20th, 2005 7:35 pm

      I can see reading through different postings here on this webpage & that of Hyscience that Mr. Holloway has his opinion of what he believes has taken place with his daughter and perhaps staying the Course is the best plan of action, as does Beth Twitty-whom also has her reasons & suspicions as to what has taken place with their daughter. Both are entitled to there own opinions, both are entitled to help find their daughter in the way that they see fit. There is no sense in boycotting Aruba & punishing the people of Aruba for the actions of others if in fact that is the case here. I wish the best for the Holloway family & the Twitty Family & hope that this situation will one day be resolved. God Bless both Families.

    8. Ericka on September 20th, 2005 8:26 pm

      I don’t think there is such a clear cut right and wrong here. I think you have to do what you feel God is leading you to do. Sometimes it is a tough thing to do because we want what we want, and when we want it. Beth is amazing, strong and determined. I had a chance to meet she and Jug at the benefit and see first hand the support from the community. I would loved to have met Dave too and I pray that he is having similar support, if not financially at least the emotional support of family friends and neighbors. You know it never looks good for two people with the same mission to be so divided in the public on how to accomplish it but they are two seperate people and they do not have to conform to and for anyone. I don’t think you can say who’s way will find Natalee. She may never be found, and this is the tragedy that so many people live with daily. It is so horrible what they are going through and will face for the rest of their lives but ultimately it is in Gods hands no matter what you try to do. It is my prayer that each side of the family continues to pray for guidance and act accordingly. I will not sit here and judge. I pray you have some answers soon and that justice will be served. I am not in your shoes and haven’t ever walked there, at this point I don’t know which way I would go with the investigation. Both of you, Beth/Dave continue to do what you are doing and let’s pray that one of the ways gets you both what you are looking for!!!!

    9. Donna on September 21st, 2005 11:53 am

      I would like to know why money from the Natalee Holloway Fund which has helped the Twittys has not been there to help Dave. I truly believe that the contributors of the fund intended for both families to receive financial aid. I admire both families for keeping the story alive but I have long thought that Dave was getting left out of the loop.

    10. dianne on September 21st, 2005 8:39 pm

      I agree with you Donna. Both families should be getting the financial aid of the fund for Natalee. I am angry that they aren’t.

      I admire both approaches the familes are using. Beth using the media to keep the case alive and Mr. Holloway using honey to gather the flies. Aruba does not like Beth and Jug. Makes no sense for Dave to come in there and be aggressive in the same fashion. I like the approach Dave is using, He needs to continue to stroke the Aurban goverment because without thier cooperation nothing will get solved.

    11. kathleen champion on September 22nd, 2005 9:55 am

      Dave definintely deserves access to any Natalee Holloway fund that is set up.
      No further explanations or opinions are necessary in my post. Its just the right
      thing to do. I have also wondered if Dave’s house was hit by Katrina since he lives
      in Ms. This man has been through hell. I pray that peace will come soon to both

    12. Glad2bAmerican on September 22nd, 2005 11:22 am

      NOTHING is working SO FAR with this investigation……..but possibly Dave Holloway’s way is like attracting a bee to honey.
      I myself don’t believe it will happen….The squeaky wheel is the one that gets oiled.
      Silence will sweep it under the counter. Keeping this alive is a threat to tourism
      no doubt.

    13. jeannie caldwell on September 23rd, 2005 4:49 am

      i have watched dave & i seen more pain &hurt in his face then beth has shown
      just before the hrricane hit natalees aunt was on the nancy grace program she was asked about the donation money her respond was
      it paid for the fare for the twittys to aruba
      it paid for the expenses for the twittys while in aruba
      it paid for there lawyers
      it paid for there extra investergators
      not one word about dave
      i was concerned as i believe they didint have to go to aruba as often as they did also thats why you hire lawyers & investergaters for to do your work
      i dont know if natalee will ever be found or if this case will ever be solved
      my heart goes out to dave just because he wasint on tv all the time that dont mean he cared less
      i think he showed alot of class

    14. Prima on September 24th, 2005 2:09 pm

      I would think that Dave and Beth would show a united front, regardless of their separate lives they each lead now. they one thing in common, Natalee. Whatever happened long ago is in the past and they should show more unity, share resources and information. Obviously they are doing neither. Dave said he talked to Karen Jansen, Beth said she was on vacation while Dave was in Aruba meeting with her. Seems to me that there is some miscommunication between the two families and that should not have been going on. Don’t care how bitter their divorce, bad blood, etc….. It is probably a little late to show a unity between the two families and it is a shame because I am sure Natalee would have wanted her mother and father to be together on this.

    15. jeannie on September 24th, 2005 6:49 pm

      prima i agree –from the very start you could sense tension
      when my two grandchildren ages three & four drawned even tho we were divorced my ex his wife myself & my husband all band togeather walking the river
      god was good we found them my point is in crises such as the missing of natalee i feel as you do –you put all your feelings behind & put your energy in trying to find what happened
      i have seen so much pain & hurt in daves face
      just because he isint on tv all the time dont mean he cares less

    16. Linda on September 25th, 2005 6:45 am

      Did you ever stop to wonder if they aren’t playing “good cop” “bad cop”??? As for Dave showing more hurt on his face than Beth. C’mon everyone. You can look at Beth and realize…she isn’t allowing herself to break down yet. She is holding herself strong until she finds either her daughter or her body.

      Everyone handles things differently. None of us know how we would be handling this…but I’ll tell you one thing I do know. If my daughter was missing…I’d be there making as much noise about it as I could. Who are we to say we don’t think she needed to be there as often as she was??? Do you have any idea how fast this story would have gone away had she not been there making noise?

      I say…even if Natalee is never found…thank god for Beth for getting the word out to everyone about the drugs being put in the girls drinks…and then their being taken advantage of. What would seem to be a fun senior trip to a relatively safe island…we now know has not only some hidden dangers…but apparently hidden dangers known to the government and swept under the rug. Thank you Beth. I hope you get your answers. Stay strong.

      As for Dave…you are doing what you feel you need to do in your own way for Natalee. I would also never assume to say its not right. Hopefully somehow the combination of what the both of you are doing will help come up with answers. God bless you also.

    17. Blue on September 25th, 2005 1:56 pm

      I gotta give Mr. Holloway due respect for being level-headed in the face of this horrible tragedy. He seems to be thinking this through, not being driven by emotions. I am sorry that the media focused so much on Ms. Twitty during the heat of the investigation and made it appear as though he was out of the picture. It seems that of the two camps, Mr. Holloway’s is the side that will get more results—catching more flies with honey than vinegar so to speak. I don’t think insulting the people of Aruba is the way to go with this. As outsiders, the family should probably work to keep their emotions under control, their actions respectful, and their thoughts focused. Every minute spent in front of the cameras only seems to make the situation more charged, while the real work can be done swiftly and without scrutiny.

    18. Mr. Rich Gannon on September 30th, 2005 8:47 am

      Take along an underwater metal detector when you visit Aruba. Search for an anchor, you can find an anchor at the bottom of the sea pretty easy. Logic and deduction tell me the body was taken out to sea in a fish cage and probably sunk with an anchor. Search for the anchor and you will find the fish cage and bones inside. Whatever they used to sink the cage had to be very heavy, most likely metal and most likely an anchor. You can find a big piece of metal at the bottom of the sea pretty easy. I am convinced it was Paul van der Sloot’s idea, he knew the perfect way to get rid of a body from his years of studying criminal cases. Logic and deduction tell me a lot more that I can say, contact me anytime. God bless you folks. In God’s Eyes, Natalee Holloway is our daughter, too.

    19. mr skin on November 1st, 2006 12:03 pm

      I’ve been seeing these commercials for Dirt starring Courtney Cox. What is it all about? Looks like a gossip drama.

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