24 Year Old Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe Missing … Kidnapped in Bonaire


Just Another Day in a Caribbean Paradise … This time its Bonaire.

24 year old Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe was kidnapped in Bonaire at 2:30 am Sunday morning when a man pulled her off her bicycle. The man, who was on a dark colored two wheeled vehicle is said to be between 1.70 and 1.80 meters tall, was dressed in dark-colored clothing and was wearing a jacket. Her parents who live in the Netherlands were informed of their daughter’s abduction.

Marlies Elizabeth Van der Kouwe Description:

  • 24 years old, born in Curaçao on the 11th of May 1984
  • 1.63 meters tall
  • blue eyes
  • blond hair


Marlies van der Kouwe kidnapped in Bonaire

The police has put in a large scale search party to find the missing 24 year old Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe. On the night of Saturday to Sunday at two thirty she was pulled off her bicycle by a man on a dark-colored two-wheeled vehicle.

The man, between 1.70 and 1.80 meters long, was dressed in dark-colored clothing and was wearing a jacket. This took place on the Boulevard Gobernador N. Debrot in the neighbourhood of the WEB-factory. The vehicle left off eastwards. Police chief John Schagen, 

Lieutenant Governor Herbert Domacassé, Chief of Police John Schagen and Officer of Justice David van Delft during the pressconference.
Lieutenant Governor Herbert Domacassé and Officer of Justice David van Delft held a press conference about the kidnapping yesterday.

So how will the search for missing Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe differ from that of the case of Natalee Holloway in Aruba? Why do we ask? According to a press conference, Bonaire has requested the help of the coast guard of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Let’s hope they do not ask the ALE for their help.

They asked the coast guard of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba to help them in their search who have already put in a plane. The plane scanned the area on Monday evening and Tuesday before sunrise. According to Chief of Police Schagen , the RST of the Netherlands Antilles has been pulled in for the investigation.

However, we already see one difference in the two cases as investigators in Bonaire are treating the kidnapping of Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe seriously as opposed to the nonchalant and inept manner that the ALE did in the Natalee Holloway case.

“Our first priority is to find her back. We are still hopeful that she is still alive. We’re handling this as a serious crime”, says the police chief.

UPDATE I: Netherland News on the Abduction of Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe

UPDATE II: Dutch woman abducted in the Dutch Antilles

Bonaire wants to make differences between their missing persons case and Natalee Holloway. They can make all the claims they want; however, missing is missing and acts of violence against woman are just that … no difference.

The Dutch Antilles island of Bonaire is in shock after a young Dutch woman went missing during the weekend.

AD, De Volkskrant and Trouw report on the abduction that bears similarities to the Holloway case that took place on Aruba. Twenty-four-year-old Marlies van der Kouwe disappeared after an evening at a popular bar on Saturday night. She was seen being dragged off her bicycle by one or two assailants on a scooter. Only her bicycle and flip-flops were found.

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  • Comments

    38 Responses to “24 Year Old Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe Missing … Kidnapped in Bonaire”

    1. columbo on September 25th, 2008 11:15 am

      elders of the game, not just of babylon……..

    2. Richard on September 25th, 2008 4:49 pm

      That’s where van der Straaten was chief of police, until recently … his reign seems to have been effective.

      This island is very near Curacao, where Amy Bradley vanished in 1998 … one day after the crew of her ship tried to get her to go with them to Carlos ‘n’ Charlies in Aruba ….

    3. Richard on September 25th, 2008 4:50 pm

      Isn’t it sweet of the people of Bonaire to say, first thing, right off … this isn’t like the Natalee Holloway case, because Natalee had been drinking and this girl hadn’t.

      I guess they think that Natalee made herself vanish.

    4. Richard on September 25th, 2008 4:50 pm

      Or maybe their attitude is that Dutch nationals matter … Americans don’t.

    5. Richard on September 25th, 2008 9:43 pm

      Who was it who saw this girl being pulled off her bicycle? What did that person or persons do?

      Shrug it off, as would happen in Aruba?

      And there is talk of a vehicle speeding off … it implies to me that there were at least two people involved in the abduction.

      I wonder if Texas Equusearch will be called in?

    6. Richard on September 25th, 2008 9:44 pm

      This woman is one year older than Amy Bradley was when she was taken from the cruise ship ….

    7. Ray on September 26th, 2008 12:02 am

      Whats different this time ????? This time its ONE of their OWN. Drinking will not cause you to disappear. You have to have some HELP. They should stop blamimg Natalee.

    8. Ray on September 26th, 2008 12:21 am

      Some parents in the Netherlands will learn what the Holloways and Bradleys have suffered.


    9. Elaine on September 26th, 2008 2:54 am

      These carribean islands are not safe.
      No matter how much they try to whitewash everything, I say stay away.

    10. LA girl on September 26th, 2008 5:20 am

      Soooooo, Anyone know where joran was that night?

    11. Richard on September 26th, 2008 8:00 am

      I’m losing my ability to read, I guess.

      The above article says clearly that the assailant was on a two-wheel vehicle. A different article described it as a scooter.

      So my idea that a minimum of two people were involved in the abduction can be dropped, I guess.

      This leaves me wondering if perhaps a former romantic partner were involved? I imagine that it wouldn’t be too hard to escape from a scooter if someone were really determined to do so.

      That idea, of course, might not stand up if threats and/or weapons were involved.

    12. Richard on September 26th, 2008 8:02 am

      Well, now the update says that “one or two” people on a scooter were involved. The details seem to be getting hazier and hazier … and as we know, Caribbean reporting is not grade A-1.

      We also know that eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable, but saying “one or two” passes the legitimate bounds of precision. Or was there more than one witness?

    13. Justice on September 26th, 2008 10:56 am

      Who in there right minds would visit any of these islands? It’s good to see that the difference between the two cases is that Holloway was drunk/drugged???

    14. K9_Chaser on September 26th, 2008 11:14 am

      What LE / officials need there is to get a team that does this type of work with their K9′s, using ‘live scent’ to trail where she sent, not get K9′s in there that strictly do cadaver work. They need to get from point “A” where Marlies was last seen, to point “B” where she is. They need more than the traditional SAR teams at this junction – they need a couple of specialized K9 teams. That was one thing that I believe may have been overlooked with Natalee’s case.

    15. Richard on September 26th, 2008 12:53 pm

      And if it’s determined that she is no longer on the island …?

      (Incidentally, both this lady and Natalee are/were blond, with blue eyes….)

    16. Dutch citizen on September 26th, 2008 3:04 pm
    17. LAURA on September 26th, 2008 3:54 pm

      What makes everyone think that this woman wasnt drinking? Is there proof she wasnt drinking? What difference does it make anyway? The fact is someone took her, someone is responsible, but i’ll bet no one is held accountable. Im afraid it will be just like Natalee’s case…no justice. I dont understand how parents of abducted children dont take matters into their own hands when law enforcement fails to do their jobs.

    18. Dan on September 26th, 2008 4:49 pm

      sounds like to me they are needing more young fresh woman to rent out, the older ones are wearing out and becoming useless. I still believe they are trafficking these girls, probably not Nat but the rest for sure. I still feel this is what happened to Jennifer Kesse as well.

    19. Bob on September 26th, 2008 10:03 pm

      Hmmmmm. Is Joran back in the area?

    20. Patti on September 27th, 2008 12:56 am

      I also believe that there is a very good possibility that this girl was trafficked. I have been avoiding getting involved, as I don’t have a good feeling about this kidnapping. I don’t think this girl will ever be found. I hope I’m wrong, but it is absolutely amazing the swiftness in which trafficking orgainizations operate. I am touched by the similarities in this case with the Natalee Holloway case in that this was an intelligent young lady that had achieved greatness in her short life. She was aspiring for a future in the medical field, as was Natalee and, just like Natalee, she was stalked, hunted down and made to disappear in the blink of an eye.

      While these attacks upon young women continue in the Dutch Antilles, we are reminded of the swiftness in which the family of Natalee Holloway reacted. Perhaps it is because of this that Natalee will continue to be searched for, seeked out and returned to her family. Obviously, you do not fight crime inflicted upon our children by idly standing by and expecting authorities in a country whose legal system does not make way for justice; and while I do not advocate violence against anyone, in a vigilante process, I do believe that out of respect for Natalee, as well as the countless other victims of disappearances in that region of the country, we continue to keep our families safely out of Aruba, Bonaire, Caraucao as well as the other territories that make up the Antilles.

      One can only hope for allegience when it comes to the voice of a mother in search of her missing child and it is for that reason that many of us, whether outwardly or inwardly, supported the boycott of Aruba. When the family seeks our help, we will be here; but until then, all we can do is hope against all odds that this young lady is safe, wherever she may be.

    21. misskatie on September 27th, 2008 9:34 am

      I agree patti

    22. Richard on September 27th, 2008 10:36 pm

      Is there no news at all about her? I haven’t even found this original story given in AP….

      Patti, in line with your comment, let’s remember that Beth’s original call was to urge a boycott of the entire Netherlands Antilles. She was right.

      I wonder whether the powers that be in Amsterdam, where I’m told that this story has gotten round-the-clock exhaustive coverage, are reconsidering their tolerance of what goes on in their Caribbean former colonies….

    23. Ray on September 27th, 2008 10:45 pm

      If they ever find the kidnappers I suggest a big tall tree and a short piece of rope.


    24. Patti on September 28th, 2008 12:22 am


      I don’t know why everyone hates me. All I told them was what it meant to be an Arawak. After reading Shango that was the word that stuck out at me. When I saw a website that reported that Oduber said he was proud to be an Arawak, I knew it was important to find out EXACTLY what that meant… and I did.

      The Arawak Nation is as real as the air we breathe… and to ignore it and hide it or act like it doesn’t exist is allowing more and more boys and girls to suffer and die unspeakable deaths.

      I know someone that came here from Colombia and she says that the reason she left was because they kidnap children there. She was in fear for her own sons as there are people who, literally, snatch babies right out of their mothers arms on the street, in the market, anywhere… and the authorities do nothing.

      I watched a documentary about the number of young women who were missing in Central America… so many that the parents of the teen-age girls came to Washington seeking help… again, their own authorities do nothing.

      I have done the research… even as far as to read reports made to the Vatican about the problem of converting these people to Christianity and how even after their conversion, they would still resort to making sacrifices to their pagan gods.

      This is real.

      There is, in fact, an Arawak calander upon which they signify the day of each month that these sacrifices are to be made. Look at my comments at the time that this kidnapping was going on. I assure you, I had no knowledge of this crime… just like I didn’t know of the dragon attacking the people in Indonesia. I am not a prophet, a messiah nor a fortune teller… I am not psychic, I don’t hear voices nor do a stare into a chrystal ball. I simply listen to my own initiative and I write.

      In fact, I can tell you, in all HONESTY (from the bottom of my heart) I don’t believe in psychics, would NEVER practice fortune telling and don’t even believe in Astrology; which are all against my religion. I don’t talk to the dead, nor do I believe the dead can talk. I know there are angels, just as there are demons; but that’s as far as it goes for me.

      I believe in my God. He is my Father, the only one I have; and, He is my friend… the one that holds me in his hand and protects me by day and night… He comforts me. I don’t understand why He has used this blog to warn you, but He has.

      Why did Shango end each comment with the phrase,

      “I must feed the gods”?

      I know and I want you to know.


      This is the child, they may never find.



      Thanks for helping me. I also fell down the stairs, and I think we both know why. Knowing the truth about the most evil of people, makes us a target. If you are, ever, afraid just say His name and He will be there, in an instant, to love and protect you. He will put a barrier around you that nothing can break and He will bring you peace.

      Read Psalms 91.




    25. Richard on September 28th, 2008 7:55 am

      I don’t think people here hate you. How can they?

    26. Patti on September 28th, 2008 1:46 pm

      Anyway, Richard:

      In this documentary, the police go out and round up these dead girls and they bring them to the city. After displaying them in the town center, under the bright sun; many of them mere carcasses, badly decomposed; they are laid out one by one. If no one identifies them, they are set afire.

      Do you understand the amount of torture and fear these parents are living under. They all keep their daughters rooms tidy, in hope that they’ll come home, inspite of it all. Many of them rich, well-educated girls that attain greatness, beauty and grace.

      Jehovah cries, it’s like touching His eye with your finger to hear the cries of the people… and, lately, that’s all I can do is cry.

      My sister said I threw my pearls among swine, when I told her about the dragon thing. She, too, knows the power of Jehovah. She didn’t even blink when I told her about us getting rid of that thing in my house that would suck on my legs at night. I thought I had something wrong with me; I went to the doctor and everything. Did a 60 day cleanse, thinking that it might be some sort of parasite and rearranged the funiture.

      My daughter got bruises! I had moved it upstairs. All of a sudden, we fought constantly. There was no peace in my house… none! I started getting bruises, like hand prints. And I prayed. Soon a friend was over and she wanted pictures of my daughter. So my daughter was upstairs taking pictures of herself with a digital camera… and sure enough, there he is. I sent you a picture.

      Jehovah saved me, and I saved him back and he saved me again and again and again. I think at this point we are attached at the hip. I really did swim with my grandson that day, after he went to Chuck E. Cheese. And, in my heart I know, without a doubt, the pain He suffers.

      So let’s pray for a hero. One that is gentle and kind to take away the violence that is in this world. And hush the crying, stop the tears and raise the dead. For each and everyone of us is attached at the hip. We are not complete without eachother; and there are far too many bonds that have been broken because of the wicked one, the bird catcher, the one that hunts us day and night.


      God, Bless the Children.




      I’ll e-mail you later.

    27. Danielle on September 29th, 2008 6:49 am

      I live on Bonaire and first of all, NO it would have made no difference if this was a girl from the US. That would have been just as horrible.
      You all seem to forget how many innocent girls disappear in the US! How many cases get dismissed there because people don’t seem to care anymore because it happens so often?
      All you seem to care about here is to boycott the Caribbean but have any of you actually searched for more information on what happened or do any of you care if she’s actually found?

      I think a very important fact is that there is one guy in custody and yes, he should be hurt in all possible ways before they throw him off a cliff.

      Please just show a little respect for her family and understand that Bonaire is a very tiny island with only 14.000 inhabitants so we all feel depressed enough as it is and don’t need these comments telling us our island is horrible!

      But sure if you all want to have a simple solution just boycott our island and Aruba and Curacao. And while you’re at it, check out all the other islands or even countries and find out how many people have disappeared there! The reason why it’s big news here is because it’s shocking and almost unheard of here!

      You all stay in your “safe” country or go wherever, I’m sure nothing bad ever happens there!

    28. Justice on September 29th, 2008 8:31 am

      Stop your whining danielle. Your islands are all corrupt and unsafe. This is just another perfect example.

    29. Danielle on September 29th, 2008 12:34 pm

      You can call it whining, all we want is to solve this case.
      I never said this island is safer than any other or that we don’t have problems in government.

      Just stop being ignorant and making this into a political matter! Your statement is that the girl is missing because our government is corrupt? Then you’re no better that the people who blame Natalee Holloway for her own disappearance because she might have been drunk or had used drugs!
      There is a girl missing and there are thousands missing in your country! Your country’s not perfect either, deal with it!
      Just don’t blame it on everyone, the people who took Natalee and the people who took Marlies should hang for these crimes and nobody else! We’ll deal with politics another day and in another way.

    30. DB on September 30th, 2008 5:07 pm

      I was on the island when Marlies vanished, and let me tell you, every local person whom I spoke with was incensed about the slow response time of the police. The inability of police on these islands to react in a timely manner, shows that there needs to be a serious effort to provide in-depth training to these officers. I believe they simply do not know what to do, as they haven’t been properly trained. Bonaire really is a safer island than most, and that this outrageous act happened here is shocking, but as was stated Danielle, who lives in a country where things of this nature do not happen? It is more noticeable there due to it’s small size. It would be good for Holland to realize that these small islands, with unlimited access to evildoers, are very vulnerable and need officers trained specifically for these types of crimes. The island and it’s people are beautiful, and do not need to pay the price for what these evil ones do. The island economy is based on tourism, to boycott would bring much hardship to those who live there. Would I allow a young woman in my family to travel there alone, or be out on her own after dark? Of course not, I would not allow that in the States either. The word does need to get out about these events so that young women know to remain vigilant, never travel alone, never leave a drink unattended, etc. This was a very sad event to happen, I think about Marlies often, and pray that somehow she will be found.
      Bonaire is seeking a return as a Dutch governed island, so perhaps there will be an improvement on how things are handled there. The people of Bonaire was shocked and angered with the Natalie Holloway case, it does not matter the nationality of the missing, it is heartbreak for all.
      Prayers for Marlies, that she may return home.

    31. BONAIRIAN on October 1st, 2008 1:26 pm

      I really don’t understand you people here. Do you know how often peolpe are abducted, raped and killed In the USA??? On a DAILY basis. What’s the matter with you people. These things can happen everywhere. We don’t want them to happen, and we are sorry they do. It’s the first time something like this happened on this island. And you hurry ta say that it’s best to stay away from us. What if we and the rest of the world stay away form the USA? You’re already in deep shit as it is. So think before you write or say these stupid stupid things!!!! Let’s pray for her. Let’s hope she’ll be found alive, THAT’S the best thing to do!

    32. crossbow on October 3rd, 2008 10:17 am

      How much is/was Natalee worth?

      Can Marlies come close?

      Dave wrote his book
      So did Beth
      And both are a good incite into how corrupt and inapt the Aruban investigation was handled.
      Joran wrote a book. $ unknown
      Dr Hodges wrote a book. $ unknown at least my $19.99 of which I want a refund.
      Patrick van der Eem wrote a book $ unknown
      Peter Devries won an Emmy and can request more money from his sponsors! $ unknown
      ABC made millions off Natalee’s disappearance.
      CBS made millions off Natalee’s disappearance.
      NBC made millions off Natalee’s disappearance.
      Fox made millions off Natalee’s disappearance.
      The Enquirer made millions off Natalee’s disappearance.
      A&E made questionable amounts off Natalee’s disappearance.
      Most Wanted made questionable amounts off Natalee’s disappearance.
      Haunted Evidence made questionable amounts off Natalee’s disappearance.
      Every Newspaper that carried her story made money off her.

      It’s a shame that Natalee is forgotten and she never knew just how much she is/was worth.

      Of course Marlies is also;
      no value can be realistically placed on human life.
      RIP Natalee and Marlies

    33. crossbow on October 3rd, 2008 10:23 am

      BTW Patti:
      That was I must go feed the messengers.
      If you use MS thesaurus and enter messenger the first word that comes up is biker. Interesting.
      ALE uses Harley bikes.
      RW BEnson was a motorcycle mechanic before he commited suicide by locking himself in a storage shed accessible only from the outside???
      I’m sure many motorcycle cops had storys to tell Mr Benson while their bikes were being repaired.

    34. crossbow on October 3rd, 2008 1:48 pm

      I forgot to add:

      Perhaps we should ask Paul Seuite (the motorcycle cop) whether he knew Mr. Benson and just which police station did Paul work.
      Perhaps it was the one in Cura Cabai.
      He claims to know what happened to Natalee and will tell for a price.
      Stupid; all he has to do is contact Dave and $250,000.00 is waiting for him to claim.

    35. filjepper on October 4th, 2008 1:58 am

      It’s a great pity that the Arubian police keeps silence about the stories of Dan and Kelly. Those two were hired by Beth…
      The facts are kept hidden. And we can do it with a lot of questions.
      But… let’s keep hanging around this whole thing and have patience.
      And all about Natalee Holloway: they are gone or something, don’t they crossbow?..

    36. Mark on October 19th, 2008 4:20 pm

      Well I hope they don’t do those things to Bonaire that they did to Aruba.

    37. D.A. Phillips on October 19th, 2008 4:37 pm

      Well, first of all 2 Richard:
      You’re a real jerk, very biased and an outsider who’s not aware of how the Dutch Legal System works. Though I agree the initial handling of Natalee’s case was a bit sloppy, the Aruban Police Force tackled this case efficiently.
      Why a boycot against Aruba? In the US there are hundreds going missing yearly and there’s no mention of any boycot.
      This is precisely the reason why the US has so many enemies internationally and why they will never win the Iraq war. U guys have to mature and realize that you’re not God’s country. Each country is different and if you continue with this type of attitude, you can be assured that your loving country will be more and more targeted by those awfull extremist groups who are fed up with you.
      The US is the reason why we have to cope nowadays with several dangerous individuals like Chavez, Putin, Kim, Amanidj. etc..

    38. Paul Breiveld on November 14th, 2008 8:51 am

      To. D.A. Philips:

      We should BOYCOTT the USA for Rumsfeld’s Abu Ghraib coverup!

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