There have been some amazing and insensitive things come out of the Aruban investigation of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway; however, nothing quite like the following from Gerold Dompig and the 48 Hours interview. Gerold Dompig and the ALE could not even find it in themselves to search the Van der Sloot property not arrest the three primary suspects within the first 10 days, but now Dompig is able to determine what happened to Natalee and blame the victim in the process.
So suddenly after almost ten months a witness has come forward that is so credible, that Dompig now knows what happened to Natalee Holloway. A witness that is so credible that Gerold Dompig waited over two months to search the dunes area where this witness states Natalee was buried.
Shame on you Dompig and shame on Aruba for putting up with this nonsense. The eyes of the world are upon you and your police chief sees it more important to do an interview with 48 Hours than actually search the sand dunes? Aruba, what do you think the result will be of all this? Dumping on the victim and the family. You will have people that were not even remotely interested in this case loathing Aruba for what was just done.
A police chief speculating as to the demise of a victim. This investigation, sad to say just reached an all time low. Sit back and watch the outrage and backlash of what will occur. The wanting spitefulness of Dompig for some reason to inflict such pain upon a grieving family will not soon be forgotten. Another brilliant PR move done by Aruba. You think this is going to help your tourism, let alone solve this case?
ARUBA’S LEAD INVESTIGATOR FEELS STRONGLY THAT NATALEE HOLLOWAY WAS NOT MURDERED, BUT PROBABLY DIED OF COMPLICATIONS INVOLVING ALCOHOL AND, POSSIBLY, DRUGS
Thu Mar 23 2006 18:00:38 ET
Gerold Dompig, deputy chief of police in Aruba and the man leading the investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, says he feels strongly that Holloway was not murdered, but probably died from complications involving alcohol and, possibly, drugs as well. Dompig makes his remarks in an exclusive interview with 48 HOURS Correspondent Troy Roberts that will be broadcast on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Natalee Holloway: New Clues in Paradise,” Saturday, March 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The chief investigator tells Roberts that he has credible witnesses who say the young woman had drugs in her possession. Dompig also says police have witnesses who claim Holloway was drinking “excessively” on the day she disappeared.
Deputy Chief Dompig tells 48 HOURS that drugs are now part of the investigation.
Roberts: “Have you been able to confirm whether Natalee Holloway purchased or consumed illegal narcotics during her stay here [Aruba]?”
Dompig: “We have statements claiming that she had drugs.”
Roberts: “What kind of drugs?”
Dompig: “I cannot say.”
Chief investigator Dompig goes on to say, “We do not have proof that [Natalee] used drugs, but that [witnesses] saw her with drugs in her possession.”
Police say Holloway was last seen with Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. Dompig says all three remain prime suspects in the case.
Deputy Chief Dompig says he now believes that Natalee Holloway was not murdered. “We feel strongly that she probably went into shock or something happened to her system with all the alcohol — maybe on top of that, other drugs, which either she took or they gave her — and that she…just collapsed.”
The deputy chief believes that after Holloway’s death there was a panicked cover-up. Dompig says the investigation has entered a “critical last phase.”