Dave Holloway Seemingly losing his Patience with the Natalee Holloway Investigation


Dave Holloway goes “On The Record” with Greta Van Susteren November 4, 2005. It appears that even Dave Holloway has his patience limit. Appears that Dave Holloway may have been pushed over the line by the Aruban prosecutors and investigators.

Greta: Tonight Natalee Holloway’s parents and step parents are furious with the way her case is being handled in Aruba. They are demanding big, big changes. Natalee’s father Dave joins us live from Meridian MS.

Greta: Dave, the letter sent to the Aruba Attorney General dated Nov 1st asking for the removal of the prosecutor and lead detectives…have you heard a response to that letter.

Dave: We did receive a response late this afternoon. That response was directed to Alabama Governor Bob Riley. He faxed it on to me and the basic content of it was this.
We are still waiting on the Attorney General to respond. The Dept. of Foreign Affairs which is the government of Aruba basically indicated that the lead investigator, the police department and the prosecution team is supervised out of Holland in The Hague and that they have no authority to intervene in the investigation.

Greta: So basically pass the buck and try to dodge the bullet.

Dave: Exactly.

Greta: Let me talk a little bit about the letter. One of the things that made me almost fall out of my chair when I read the letter is that around June 1st when you arrived after being notified that your daughter was missing is that you went around the island including the police station talking to a detective Dennis Jacobs. When you went in there to see him he made a remark asking you when you’re looking for your daughter if you have any money. Tell me the facts surrounding this discussion.

Dave: Well, when we first arrived on the island we rented a car. We stopped at two different police stations and explained the situation. I explained that I am the father of Natalee Holloway and she is missing. The first comment was would you like to file a complaint? Finally after talking to several officers in those two police departments, they indicated they were not aware of any disappearance and not aware of any complaint. So the directed me to the Noord police station which supervises the area around the Holiday Inn. When I arrived at that police station, the detective knew I was coming and I was frantic as you can imagine a parent being who has their daughter missing. I walked up to the front desk accompanied by my brother and brother in law.
I identified myself as the father of Natalee Holloway and Jacobs got up from his chair and grumbled “Well, how much money you got?” We were just stunned and everyone finally came together and we met in the back room He basically told us “Aw, this happens all the time, go down to C&C and have a beer and just wait on her and she’ll show up.” We questioned his tactics and wanted to know if a search was being conducted. He just looked at us and said “Why would you want to do that?” “Think positive, you’re thinking negative.” I said well the first few days are the most critical.
He indicated to us you are on the wrong page and you need to go search a drug house or whatever. And then he made the comment that “Look, I need to get with you guys. There have been some reports that some of Jugs friends have been busting up in some of these crack houses.” I was again floored. I thought how do you know about crack houses and who’s up in them, but you are not even aware someone is missing? You know, give me a break.

Greta: Dave, did you get the sense that his remark about money was a very bad joke or that he wanted money from you to pursue the investigation?

Dave: I don’t know, sometimes I wonder now what the real motive is. I met with them again this past week and again one of the references was how money do you have and how long can you continue searching for your daughter. He said “Most of these cases we would have quit investigating long ago.” That’s when I decided we need a change.

Greta: Natalee Holloway’s father recently asked the deputy chief to do him a favor and he was turned down. Dave, what was the favor you asked of Deputy Chief Dompig?

Dave: We felt that we had a real key witness that I felt if he was interviewed properly that it could break this case. I went to the chief and expressed my concerns with the investigative team for one. I mentioned this witness as well. We had been watching the witness and knew he was very nervous. We felt like the time to strike is now while the iron is hot. I spoke with him that day, and the next day I called him early that morning.
I asked him “Gerold do me a favor. I’ve hung with you this long and can you please, please handle this interrogation?” I think if you handle it right, we could possibly solve this case. As of today, that has yet to be done.

Greta: I should add that you don’t want to disclose the witness name because you don’t want to impede the investigation. Dave, did Karen Jannsen the last time you were in Aruba, which was about 2 weeks ago…did she meet with you?

Dave: I met with her the first day, yes.

Greta: Did she seem to you to be on the ball and aggressively pursuing this case? What is your gut reaction to her?

Dave: Well, the conversation did not last very long. She was still waiting on the tapes from the FBI. She indicated those tapes would be received the following week. In fact, they came within a couple of days.

Greta: Do you know why she doesn’t meet with Natalee’s mother?

Dave: I have no reason to believe why she shouldn’t.

Greta: In terms of the access, do you have a feeling or does it seem to you that in the last couple weeks that your access to information or communication with them has been cut short?

Dave: I had very good communications with them up until Thursday. When I left the island, it seemed like the light switch went off. I left a couple of friends down there with Texas Equusearch and they were needing assistance. They indicated that once I left the island, no phone calls would be returned and they didn’t get any assistance. Tim became very upset, as you have heard on another show. He was ready to go ahead with Beth’s comments about boycotting Aruba. When that was mentioned, he received a phone call all apologetic and that sort of thing. So, I don’t know. It seems like when the press gets on them, they want to work with everyone. Then when the press gets off of them things go back to the usual.

Greta: What’s your theory in terms of this investigation? Is it they don’t care, they are covering up, they don’t want to, they’re inept, it’s legally impossible? What’s your theory?

Dave: There are lots of things going on down there. You have the police department; you have mistrust among several of the departments. We saw that first hand with evidence handling. In fact, a bone was found just recently and rather than giving it to the detective team, the beach police or whoever went above them and gave it to someone else. Evidence was getting lost or mishandled all along. When I went down there back in Sept. one of my goals was to try to develop some communication between the investigative team and the prosecutor’s office. We started providing tips through emails so everyone would know what was going on. I even found the theories. You look at an investigative team and the theories are she is alive and well all the way to this is a homicide case. When you have an investigative team that has that much different disparity between the theories, something’s going on. I figured out then that they didn’t have much of a case.

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  • Comments

    29 Responses to “Dave Holloway Seemingly losing his Patience with the Natalee Holloway Investigation”

    1. Susan on November 7th, 2005 1:08 pm

      Aruba, get ready for some quiet time. It’s coming……

    2. cal on November 7th, 2005 2:10 pm

      In reference to the above quote: “We are still waiting on the Attorney General to respond. The Dept. of Foreign Affairs which is the government of Aruba basically indicated that the lead investigator, the police department and the prosecution team is supervised out of Holland in The Hague and that they have no authority to intervene in the investigation.”

      The Aruban gov’t is basically saying that is it. They’ve known this from the beginning but never indicated it to anyone other than that they are separate gov’t from Holland. Lies again. They’ve conned everyone all a long into believing something would be done and gradually began changing course to put a seed of doubt that Natalee is elsewhere. They’ll spend millions to prevent the idea that an innocent girl was murdered on their island and do what ever it takes to destroy the creditability of those that help the victims family.

    3. Richard on November 7th, 2005 2:19 pm

      To me, that comment clinched it. “Most of these cases we would have given up on by now.” (Quote may not be exact.) It’s clearly the media, and the persistence of the Holloway Twittys, that are the ONLY factors that are keeping this case in the face of the Arubans.

      “No body, no crime.” That’s what they think … and by their very behavior, they ensure that a boycott is drawing ever nearer.

      I’d say it’s about time for our government to start taking an active role … because, after all, the priority of any government is to safeguard the welfare of its citizens.

    4. sandy on November 7th, 2005 6:25 pm

      Another fine example of the bumbling polis force and investigative team in aruba. Okay aruba we get the message you have alot to hide in this case and you dont really want it solved, thats why your stalling, misdirecting the searches and cant even seem to properly question the perpitrators or keep a hold of evidence. Now do we have your attention. To continue your bumbling of this case is tantamount to economic suicide, do you not understand we will never give up…………

    5. arrbor on November 7th, 2005 6:27 pm

      Along with DH, My wife and I have lost our paitience as well. My wife and I have been to Aruba several times, but we are tired of the Aruban governemnt insulting our intelligence as Americans. Do they really think the American people cant see through thier lies, deception and coverup? Thier economy relies on us yet they are trying to play us for fools, not once, not twice, but many times over. How errogant. This is a joke to them. They have been threatened with a boycott and still, they play us as fools. Enough of the talk. The Holloways are in a very delicate situation to decide to boycott, but we as Americans are not. Enough with the BS. My wife and I have decided we will not be visiting Aruba again. All in favor express yourself!

    6. 3xangels on November 7th, 2005 7:48 pm

      After watching this family’s tragedy play out in the media for nearly half a year, how any American in their right mind could ever want to VACATION in this cesspool of evil and corruption is beyond me… Say what you will about the debate over a boycott…how does that weigh against one’s personal safety…their spouse’s…their child’s??

      Aruba Triangle, this nightmare that YOU created from abuse, lies and deception has put you on the map as Hell on Earth, not a “tourist destination”.


    7. Judy W. on November 7th, 2005 8:07 pm

      I’m in!

    8. Bodo on November 7th, 2005 8:09 pm

      I don’t think there will ever be a breakthrough in this investigation because I believe a cover-up early in the investigation involved and drew in some high ranking officials in the police department, prosecutor’s office and office of the Minister of Justice. I think if the truth about what happened to Natalee is ever uncovered, so too will the cover-up be uncovered and those persons who perpetrated or facilitated the cover-up. I believe that is a nasty can of worms and I just don’t think that is going to be opened.

    9. Richard on November 7th, 2005 8:16 pm

      I’ve never gone … and never will. And I hope that all those who hold likewise will start urging their legislators to rethink the Caribbean Initiative (see the State Department Web site for details), where we attempted to promote economic development in the area. See the gratitude….

    10. Corinne on November 7th, 2005 8:17 pm

      Aruba has been given enough time and the Holloway/Twitty families have been patient enough. It is the responsibility of the US government to keep its citizens safe or take action that will secure the right to return from a vacation safely.
      I too believe it is time to boycott. Perhaps then the Aruban people will demand their government get results. We will not stop or go away until Natalee Holloway is returned to her family, either alive hopefully, or too be layed to a peaceful rest at home.
      Aruban officials may be playing us for fools now, but not for long.

    11. SB on November 7th, 2005 9:11 pm

      I thought about sending this website to my travel agent and seeing if their company would take a stand on it, or maybe the association of travel agents might take a stand.

    12. dennisintn on November 7th, 2005 9:46 pm

      didn’t i read on a blog or forum last week that jacobs had talked to the young lady who was going to press rape charges against jvds. just before she decided not to follow through with the charges??

    13. December_star on November 7th, 2005 10:24 pm

      Always wanted to go to Aruba, to bad I’ll never get to. Even when this case is solved. Fortunately there are other places to visit. Before anyone gets bent, it is not because something happened to an American girl there, it is the smoke and mirrors way of things are being handled in her investigation. Something is very wrong there.

    14. julie on November 7th, 2005 10:25 pm

      YEAH ARRBOR !!!!!!! I agree!!!!!!!!!!!

    15. JENNA on November 7th, 2005 10:56 pm

      I would never go to Aruba again. The more I hear the more it gets me sick!!!
      We should all write to regis and Kelly for giving away free Aruba tickets!!
      Shame on them to promote Aruba!

    16. mchenry on November 7th, 2005 11:34 pm

      I can’t belive the Aruba LE! I will not travel to Aruba or buy any of their products until they return Natalee!

    17. Koni on November 8th, 2005 12:29 am

      This is , soo not right, is there anyway the Halloways could sue Aruba, for pain and suffering ? Someone, should have to be accountable for this mess. It would make anyone afraid to go to Aruba. Is there anything that any of us could do to put pressure more on anyone?

    18. Marci on November 8th, 2005 12:29 am

      I believe Natalee’s body was found near the lighthouse on June 11, the same day the Dutch and Aruban Government erroneously announced that Natalee’s body was found. The Video’s #1 to #8 shown on this web site about a month ago. It looks like 2 pathologist, 2 police officers, could be Jacobs and Dompig. The person in the aqua shirt could be Karin Janssen. That’s the reason why they are stalling in the investigation because they know she is dead. If you haven’t seen these, please take a look, you will be amazed.

    19. BRENDA on November 8th, 2005 1:01 am

      GO GET THEM DAVE HOLLOWAY!! your daughter is counting on you. I just know you can solve this. you have to fight for your rights down there in ARUBA how sad they are so arrogant to you. with all of GODS strength be with you please find your daughter don’t let them win. we are praying for you. Your such a good example of a GOOD FATHER. AMERICA IS BEHIND YOU!! NOW GO GET THEM! TRUST YOUR GUT AND FOLLOW IT. DO YOUR OWN INVESTIGATION you don’t need the aruba authority slackers.

    20. Sue on November 8th, 2005 1:08 am

      I am right behind you and I have never traveled to Aruba.. I have already started my Boycott In every chat room on MSN, I working at Building a MSn Group Boycotting Aruba.. I am not waiting for the family GAME ON

    21. barb on November 8th, 2005 1:12 am

      I’ve always wanted to visit Aruba until now. I would never trust the government or police officers.If any problem would arise,I wouldn’t feel safe. There are plenty of white sandy beaches elsewhere. Support the Holloway’s and Twitty’s. BOYCOTT

    22. julie on November 8th, 2005 1:37 am

      i for one will never go to the (edit) land and i think we should rally @ the white house till something is done

    23. chartergirl on November 8th, 2005 5:41 am

      The University of Texas and University of Alabma people respond positively to the boycott of Aruba starting tomorrow. UT and UA have the best football teams in the country. When UT and UA say Boycott Aruba, Bye Aruba! people do listen and stop going to Aruba. Let Aruba starve to death, that is the only way for the truth to come out, Murder, Gang Rape, Date Drugging, Kidnapping, or Sex Slave Trade, or whatever crimes the Aruban government have been covering up, all will come out towards the end of starvation or else they will perish in hellish Tsuramis.

    24. Mary on November 8th, 2005 6:59 am

      What a sad shame for this family. I am just heartsick for them. The writing is one the wall. The Invesigative team in Aruba has been handed this case on a silver platter, but still just want to dance around the facts. This girl just didn’t disapear into thin air. She is last seen with these three boys and then never seen again, UH DAH! It is beyond me why they would want to put their country through this hell over three boys who will probably do this again to someone else. I just don’t understand this coverup. I just come to tears everytime I read or hear about this case. My heart goes out to the family of Natalee. There is no Justice for her in Aruba. I commend them for keep on keeping on. It is surely the only way they can seek some kind of Justice for their Child. I say BOYCOTT!!!

    25. me on November 8th, 2005 9:18 am

      Enough is enough! I agree it is time for a boycot! I have asked all my friends and family to never go to Aruba. I will never forget Natalee and how the Aruban government has treated her family. I hope they never get another $ of American money on their island!

    26. monkey wench on November 8th, 2005 12:20 pm

      ARUBA – Send Natalee home (((edit)))!

    27. Jim Hanson on November 8th, 2005 6:08 pm

      If I was going on vacation this month and had a choice of NYC, Detroit , LA or Aruba, I would pick Aruba. At least there, the chances of getting my head blown off by some crackhead would be next to nil.

    28. gisele on November 8th, 2005 10:30 pm

      United we stand with the Holloway-Twitty families. Aruba is not the perimeter that defines sunshine, beaches, and holiday entertainment. There are other islands in the Caribbean never mind the U.S.A. coastal resorts that can address an American’s holiday wish list. Aruba is thumbing its nose at any semblance of responsibility and justice. Whatever repercussions befall Aruba, it as a state, holds first place in its ultimate downfall. I am a Canadian citizen. I say I support the boycott. Aruba, independently of outside interests, has made a fool of itself thorough its incompetence and willful blindness. It is not that this state is incapable of holding an investigation but rather that it does not want to. Once America comprehends this subtlety, the path to the boycotting of Aruba will be a given.

    29. Pat on November 9th, 2005 12:53 am


      I like that; Aruba Triangle. If you go there you might disappear!

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