Dave Holloway; “Do you have children?” (Natalee Holloway)


Do you have children?”

That is the answer that Dave Holloway provides when people ask him how he copes with the disappearance of his daughter, Natalee Holloway. It probably is the best answer that one can give and have a direct impact. It is probably safe to say that those without children can also tend to relate the the pain, anguish and suffering that Dave Holloway experiences in dealing with the Natalee investigation.

“Do you have children?”

That’s the way Dave Holloway, formerly of Clinton, responds when people ask him how he’s coping with the disappearance of his daughter, Natalee.

“If you do, you know exactly how I feel,” he said, referring to tightly strung emotions tinged with loss and frustration since his daughter went missing May 30 on the last night of her senior trip to Aruba.

Today would be Natalee Holloway’s 19th birthday and instead of spending it with his daughter Dave Holloway is in Aruba with Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch continuing the search for Natalee. Dave Holloway is also meeting with new Aruban deputy Police Chief, Gerold Dompig, starting from square one the search for Natalee Holloway. For those that do not believe mistakes were made in the investigation, things missed whether they be intentionally or unintentionally; its hard to imagine Dompig would admit starting from the beginning if they were not.

With the new Aruban deputy police chief (Gerold Dompig) in place, it’s like starting all over,” Dave Holloway said in a phone interview. “He says he’s going back to the beginning and going forward from there.

No matter what side the the story one falls on no one can deny the absolute pain and anguish that the disappearance of a daughter does on a parent. Its a parents worst nightmare and unless one walks in their shoes it is pretty difficult to condemn a parents reaction to the disappearance of their child. It can be nothing but an all consuming event that makes all else in ones life put into perspective.

“Even if I’m not searching for her in Aruba or following up on tips on the computer here in Meridian, she’s still on my mind,” he said. “It’s hard to concentrate on anything else.”

As Dave Holloway searches for his daughter today, please remember it is Natalee Holloway’s 19th birthday. A day of searching that much be even more difficult than most.

(Full Clarion Ledger story)

Please feel free to post your thought and wishes to the family on Natalee’s birthday in the forum.

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  • Natalee’s Grandmother Speaks Out

  • Comments

    24 Responses to “Dave Holloway; “Do you have children?” (Natalee Holloway)”

    1. Herb on October 21st, 2005 4:52 pm

      Here or in Heaven, Happy Birthday Natalee.

    2. Michele on October 21st, 2005 5:57 pm

      Happy Birthday and God bless you natalee and god bless natalees familyand friends

    3. monkey wench on October 21st, 2005 7:19 pm

      I wish this were a happy birthday for Natalee. Warm thoughts and prayers to her family.

    4. cal on October 21st, 2005 7:47 pm

      Happy Birthday Natalee

    5. kerrilynn212 on October 21st, 2005 7:53 pm

      I know every single day is painful, but this must be the worst. I am so sorry for Beth and Dave and wish them the best of luck.

    6. Kass on October 21st, 2005 8:34 pm

      My prayer for Natalee’s 19th birthday is that answers are found and those guilty are brought to justice.
      My heart aches for Natalee’s family.

    7. Susan on October 21st, 2005 8:51 pm

      Wherever you are, Natalee, happy birthday from all that love you.

    8. Kimberley on October 21st, 2005 9:47 pm

      My heart hurts every day for you and your family… happy birthday sweet Natalee.

    9. Cindy on October 21st, 2005 9:51 pm

      Happy birthday Natalee. Our thoughts are prayers are with the Holloway/Twitty family. I pray the Lord will lead the searches to Natalee so there will be closer.

    10. julie on October 21st, 2005 10:07 pm

      happy birthday baby girl .hootie holloway . you are every mothers little girl.i wish you were @ home this day.youre neighbor in georgia.god bless you

    11. tanya on October 21st, 2005 10:51 pm

      I have not given up that natalee that some sign of natalee will be found. Happy birthday natalee. I will never stop praying for you and your family

    12. Richard on October 21st, 2005 10:57 pm

      I don’t think there will ever be “closure,” but I would like to see the vermin responsible for Natalee’s disappearance get what they deserve … and it isn’t just a slap on the wrist.

      I hope that, in their quest for justice, the Holloway Twittys will make use of potential assets on Aruba itself. These include the two security guards who were falsely imprisoned … surely they deserve redress against the liars, and possibly legal action by them would help bring Joran back on the island and in a cell.

      Also, we’ve heard nothing of late about the Aruban girls who reportedly admitted to having been drugged and molested by Joran. There were also reports of foreign tourists having been subjected to the same ordeal. I would think that these voices would add even more strength to the pleas of Natalee’s family.

    13. NYSOM on October 21st, 2005 11:00 pm

      I only wish our prayers, love and support could make this day somehow easier for her parents. Happy Birthday Natalee, and God Bless, you are in our hearts today and every day.

    14. glad2bAmerian on October 21st, 2005 11:28 pm

      The best birthday present Natalee could receive is justice whether she is with us or gone. She is in our thoughts & prayers.

    15. Chloé, Va. Beach, VA on October 21st, 2005 11:45 pm

      Happy 19th Birthday Natalee.

      May Holy angels
      Twine for thee,
      A wreath of Immortality.

      May every blessing
      be your lot,
      I only ask
      Forget her not.

    16. Sylvia on October 21st, 2005 11:56 pm

      Happy Birthday Natalee. We are waiting for you to come home, your family needs you, PLEASE hurry. Everyone loves you . God Bless Natalee and all her family.

    17. Marci on October 22nd, 2005 12:00 am

      This must be a sad day for Natalee’s family. This was to be her 19th year. My prayers are with you. Natalee, I hope they will find you soon, we send you our love.

    18. julie on October 22nd, 2005 12:17 am

      Happy Birthday Natalee.

      In response also to the question that Dave Holloway answered “Do you have children”? I want to add that when people critiize any part of this I say to them “Has this ever happened in your family”? Because if it has you understand totally – no questions asked.

    19. brenda on October 22nd, 2005 1:54 am

      my DAD has always been my HERO in my life. there is no other male love that a girl will have in her life that is stronger then a fathers love. if anyone can find her it would be her own father. I KNOW my DAD would GOD rest his soul. he was the strongest man I will ever know.

    20. Bodo on October 22nd, 2005 8:35 am


      That news came on Nat’s birthday. Hope never dies.

    21. John & Lauralynn Staton on October 22nd, 2005 11:37 am

      Yes I am a father. I know the fear and pain when, for brief moments when communication or the acts of others has lead to not knowing where one of them is, and nothing compares to that feeling. We all stand with you Dave with our hearts and prayers. Know that God has placed this burden on all of us and we will not stop. The best blessing that I know is the traditional Spanish “Go with God”. So be it.

    22. Nancy on October 23rd, 2005 10:38 am

      Happy Birthday Natalie… I hope your family will get the closure they need and the VanderSlut family gets what they deserve. They are lieing. Everyone knows it. Please God show the way . N

    23. famous girl on October 23rd, 2005 4:12 pm

      my prayers are for the holloway family this was a wake up call for me. whereever you are natalee i love u hope you get a safe return home.

    24. becky be on October 26th, 2005 4:34 pm

      happy birthday Natalee

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