From Fox News Big Story October 9th, 2005 comes a rather disturbing revelation that should make everyone sit up, take notice and scratch their collective heads. There has been much debate by many as to whether Beth Twitty had been telling the truth or embellishing it as per her statement, “Forensics were never done at the primary residence of the Van der Sloot home“. Many questioned her motives as to this statement and wondered how this could be when the main stream media had reported that items were seized from the home. Such articles were written by the AP in Boston Globe stating the home was searched:
NOORD, Aruba –Authorities Wednesday searched the home of a high-ranking Dutch judicial official whose son was with an Alabama honors student the night she disappeared. Police carried away the results of their search in several garbage bags and towed two cars.
Wednesday’s search of the van der Sloot home lasted about four hours. Two white-uniformed investigators from Holland carried suitcases into the one-story, yellow-beige home, which includes an attached apartment where the young man lives. They later returned the suitcases to their white, unmarked car.
Investigators also emerged from the house carrying two white plastic garbage bags full of unidentified items. A German Shepherd also sniffed around the property outside the capital, Oranjestad.
From the AP via ABC News came the following:
A forensics specialist, dressed in a white suit, wipes his face as he stands with investigators during a search at the home of the 17-year-old Dutch boy who is being held in connection with the disappearance of Alabama high school graduate Natalee Holloway on May 30, in Montana, Aruba, Wednesday, June 15, 2005.
Now last night some four and a half months later after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway we learn from Deputy Police Chief, Dompig, in Aruba in charge of the investigation, that the Van der Sloot home was never searched. The primary home of the suspect, Joran Van der Sloot was never searched. Even after Paul Van der Sloot was arrested as a suspect the home was not searched.
Reporter: Okay, let me ask you about the search of Joran Van der Sloot house. Apparently this kid lived in an apartment that was connected to or sort of adjacent to his parents house.
Dompig: That is correct
Reporter: And the police only searched his apartment, deputy chief?
Dompig: That is correct. The fact is that we as a law enforcement agency always try to get the maximum. Meaning that we want to search as much places as possible. We were not granted by the judge a search warrant for the complete house, we only received the warrant for the apartment.
Reporter: But what about after Paul Van der Sloot was arrested, couldn’t you get a warrant to search the house then?
Dompig: It was also denied, we were a bit disappointed with that. The judge was coming from another island I must point out. He said we didn’t make a good enough case to get a warrant.
Two suspects live at the same address, have access to all enclosures on the property and the property itself and the primary residence was never searched? Are any rational and reasonable people not to believe that Joran let alone Paul Van der Sloot did not have or did not enter the primary residence at any time from the point of which Natalee Holloway went missing to the time they were questioned and charged as being suspects? Beth Twitty was correct in her statement. One that many condemned her for stating she was grand standing to the media. Looks like they were wrong.
People in Aruba, the Aruban government and the Task Force (ArubaTruth) wonder why many are so skeptical and critical of the investigation? They wonder why the media questions and is critical? They blame it on an over-zealous media the problems that exist today. One might say that the media may not have asked enough questions. How on earth is it possible to find out over 4 months later that the primary residence was not searched of a suspect that was in prison for 3 months over the summer? There are actually two trains of thought here. Either one can be imprisoned in Aruba for no reason as there is not enough evidence to even get a search warrant for their entire home which should scare the day lights out of all Aruba’s. The other is that a suspect who was last seen with Natalee Holloway and has changed his story some how is above having his home searched. They certainly searched the two security guard’s homes and that of the Kalpoe brothers. What makes Joran Van der Sloot so special?
Some one has some serious explaining to do.
Is it any wonder that with this information about to come out over the weekend by Dompig that the Prosecutor’s office released the statement they did on Friday?
The investigation continues and the team is searching for new leads that may help solve this case. At the same time, the investigation that has been done until now is being revised and evaluated.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office does not have to justify its actions with regards to the prosecution of criminal acts to the Minister of Justice or the Government of Aruba.
If a concerned party in a criminal case, for example somebody who has filed a complaint with the police, is of the opinion that the investigation is not being done or not being done in a reasonable amount of time, this person can file a complaint with the Common Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
Pretty convenient timing by The Aruba Prosecutor’s Office. One wonders what was ever put as the reasoning as to why this property needed to be searched? A rather interesting comment by Dompig was the one that he inferred about the Judge ruling on the warrant.
It was also denied, we were a bit disappointed with that. The judge was coming from another island I must point out. He said we didn’t make a good enough case to get a warrant.
Whether one believes that Joran and or Paul Van der Sloot had anything to do directly, indirectly or not at all with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway; there is something seriously wrong with a suspects home (the entire property) not being searched. Maybe the correct follow up question in the interview should have been, what do you mean “the judge was coming from another island I must point out”? Why should that make a difference? This should have been the most simple search warrant to obtain, instead it is called by Dompig something “on our wish list”.
There really are no words for this.
The interview can be seen below: (Hat Tip: SMS/Sleuth)
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Reporter: In addition to that there are a lot of questions about the police search of JVDS, the prime suspects house. Joining us tonight to talk about that is the deputy police chief in Aruba, G Dompig. Let me start with that tape of DK that is just disturbing. Whether he is involved in her disappearance or not for him to be talking about her in that way, suggests a callousness to her death or disappearance. What is your reaction to hearing that?
Dompig: Well, we are just as concerned about that as you are. It is very important to us to get our hands on that tape. That is why right after the Dr. Phil show, we requested formally, officially to get the tapes. We would like the original tapes to make sure that they were not altered. After waiting almost a week, we got an answer from the Dr. Phil show that they would be willing to hand over the tapes only on the show. As a serious investigative agency, we cannot cooperate with that.