10 Years Later: Searching in Aruba for Natalee Holloway … The Search of the Aruba Landfill in 2005 for Missing Natalee Holloway (PICS)



On July 23, 2005 Scared Monkeys conducted an interactive, town hall style  on-line interview with Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch, the non-profit search team that had been searching for Natalee Holloway in Aruba since she had gone missing on May 30, 2005.  Texas Equusearch had been flooded with emails of encouragement and tips from the many followers and readers at Scared Monkeys that Tim granted the interview. Interactive web interviews are commonplace today, needless to say they were not in 2005 and the logistics to make it happen was nothing short of a miracle. Following the interview as I thanked Tim Miller on the phone and for TES’s great work in their search for Natalee Holloway, Mr. Miller did an amazing thing … he asked if I wanted to go to Aruba and help search for Natalee. Once we cleared up some logistics and made sure that we could pay for the ticket to Aruba ourselves so not to impose on TES or have them divert any funds from the search on our account, we let it be known that Red was going to Aruba to search with Texas Equusearch.


Returning to Aruba, a place where my family had vacationed since the 1970′s, long before the many high-rise hotels and wining vacations there on game shows. Aruba, a place where I got to know so many families, who treated us as one of their own and a place where I had even dated an Aruban girl, who’s family was pretty well connected. Talk about your long distance relationship, before the days of social media and Facetime or Skype. A place where I hung out with more locals than tourists. Aruba, a place where I lived and worked as well. Now I was going back to help find Natalee Holloway.

I have to admit i was not sure what I was getting into and was not sure which searches I would be doing, land, water, both? I had told Tim that I was going to be a member of the search team first and reporting on the story second. Little did I realize than just a couple days before going to Aruba that that I would be helping search in the Aruba landfill as The witness claimed he saw the men dumping the body on the afternoon of June 1. The following article discusses the landfill search on such a generic and antiseptic way. Let me just say it was far from that and maybe one of the most rewarding and disgusting thing I have ever done in my life.


Picture via Scared Monkeys – 2005

A volunteer group searching for Natalee Holloway dug through a landfill for a third day Sunday but found no clues, while the missing teen’s mother left Aruba for the first time since her daughter disappeared two months ago.

Crews equipped with trained dogs, a bulldozer and a tractor hoe dug 15 holes in a landfill where a witness claims he saw men dump and cover a female body two days after Holloway disappeared, said Robert Cook, spokesman for the volunteer Texas EquuSearch, which is coordinating the landfill effort.

Searches at the landfill Friday and Saturday also produced no sign of Holloway.


From July 30, 2005 … Red searched the landfill from 10 AM till 3 PM. He said it was one of the foulest and god awful smelling places he has ever been in. For three days we searched the landfill and for every hole that was dug to a certain level, some one then had to get into it to do a more fine search with rakes and shovels. The picture below taken by a digital camera, although it looks grainy. That would be because of the constant Aruba trade wind blowing all the sand and crap in the dump around.

During the landfill search, I not only searched for Natalee Holloway with the members of Texas Equusearch, I also was digging next to her dad, Dave Holloway. I thought to myself as we were digging in the worst filth and the most disgusting stench that I had ever experienced in my life, I so wanted to help this man and find his daughter. Then I thought to myself in the next second, it might not be the best thing to happen when he was present. It was one thing to take part in this search, another thing to find human remains in a landfill, but quite a different thing to have to see a grown man break down in uncontrollable tears and emotions if we actually found her. This was the roller-coaster of thoughts and emotions that took place ever day as we searched for Natalee Holloway.

This search will forever be seared in my mind, body and soul … as previously stated, one of the best and worst things I have ever done in my life.


Picture via Scared Monkeys – 2005

Unlike most landfills in America where those in charge can locate and track what was dumped where and when, Aruba had no such tracking system. Imagine that. Instead, we had to go by the witness as to what area of the landfill he thought he saw the vehicle and where the dump site was. All the while the witness covered his face for fear of being recognized and to prevent the foulness from getting into his nose and mouth. So how did we know how far down to dig or where to dig holes? At a certain point we got in the holes and looked that the daily news papers that were thrown away to see what date they were to find the date just before May 30, 2005. That was the methodology.


Picture via Scared Monkeys – 2005

And for every hole that was dug like the one above, when we got to what we thought was close enough to the correct proximity of time, some one had to get into the hole and comb throw it to see if we made needed to dig deeper or had to use a rake, shovel and your hands to search. That would be yours truly in the blue shirt in the hole.

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And all the while Red and the members of Texas Equusearch were in the landfill in some of the most foul and hideous conditions trying to help Beth and Dave find their daughter on a witness tip we were following up on, the media was kicking their feet up from a distance trying to get a picture with their telephoto lenses.


Picture via Scared Monkeys – 2005

Or better yet, a close up of the media getting a sun tan while we are in the landfill busting our butts to get some closure for the Holloway/Twitty/Reynold’s family.

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    6 Responses to “10 Years Later: Searching in Aruba for Natalee Holloway … The Search of the Aruba Landfill in 2005 for Missing Natalee Holloway (PICS)”

    1. Tamikosmom on June 1st, 2015 12:17 pm

      The New Witnes – Jurrien de Jong?

      BETH HOLLOWAY – JUNE 1, 2015

      “Actually, there is no truth to that story,” Beth said. “Every time there’s an anniversary, whether it’s the five-year mark, and now it’s the 10-year mark, there’s always, I hate to say it, just like some crazies that just come out and they have so placed themselves in Natalee’s story. It’s empty. There is nothing to that story.

      “This particular individual has been around for a while trying to get traction to get attention, but he has no information. I think it just makes me sad that he would just keep trying to insert himself into this role of her disappearance and (that) he has information when it’s absolutely untrue.”


    2. Tamikosmom on June 1st, 2015 12:44 pm

      What is wrong with this picture?


      TJ Ward – The Voice Analysis Test

      September 15, 2005

      When asked whether he or the family was ever told that the landfill witness was ever deemed not credible by the LE or Prosecutors office, Dave made it a point to say that he was present when the witness under went a voice analysis and PASSED IT AS TELLING THE TRUTH.
      February 7, 2008

      Natalee’s father Dave Holloway arranged for the confession to be tested through voice analysis equipment that detects lies. Holloway says the test’s result: A TRUTHFUL, VALID STATEMENT.
      February 4, 2008

      T.J. WARD, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR: What we have learned — and as you`re aware, what got me to Aruba was the layered voice analysis that I brought to the Holloway family, but the Aruban authorities would not allow us to use the equipment there, much less the polygraph. But we did take the recording, and I sent it to our lab in Madison, Wisconsin, with voice analysis technologies. And we were able to make an analysis of this conversation that was obtained in the Netherlands. And in fact, Joran is telling the truth about what he said. He`s trying to be manipulative in the course of the conversation, BUT WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT IS COMPLETELY TRUE.
      May 13, 2015

      “Dave Holloway stated in the interview that he finds the new witness credible and asked T.J. Ward, a private investigator who has worked on the Natalee Holloway case in the past, to give Jurrien de Jong a voice analysis test. JURRIEN PASSED THE TEST.”
      May 19, 2015

      De Jong’s claims led Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway, to return to Aruba earlier this month with Atlanta private investigator T.J. Ward and a cadaver dog. “HE’S TELLING THE TRUTH,” Ward told AL.com earlier this week, saying that he conducted voice analysis on De Jong.

    3. Tamikosmom on June 1st, 2015 12:53 pm


      CNN Larry King Live
      July 25, 2005

      T.J. WARD, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR: The layer voice analysis, well, we consider it a 21st- century polygraph. It’s a little bit different. The polygraph, where you’re — as you’re aware, you have to be wired up to and it measures blood pressure, and heart rate and pulse and so on and so forth. Our system, layered voice analysis, measures the voice. And I can take any conversation, whether it be live, from TV, from a media tape, from an audiotape, a deposition, and I can analyze that and I can tell you not only if you’re telling the truth but if you’re hiding something.

      KING: Without hooking me up to a machine?

      WARD: Don’t have to hook you up to anything. I can do it over the phone. And I can tell you whether you’re being dishonest or you’re thinking from your memory or your imagination, or if you’re — or if you’re just not telling the truth or whatever.


    4. Caribbean on June 1st, 2015 5:28 pm

      God Bless all of your souls for trying. Never give up hope of finding the answers. And the press should be ashamed of themselves to be “Vacationing” rather than actually helpig and covering the story at the same time. Best of wishes to Beth and Dave that continue the effort to this day.

    5. Tamikosmom on June 1st, 2015 5:57 pm

      Could it be that the Aruban cover up implies that Natalee was taken from the landfill following the witness report early on?


      Aruba Missing Teen
      Aug 1, 2005

      A volunteer group searching for a missing Alabama teenager dug through a landfill in Aruba for a third day today (Sunday) but found no clues.

      The search resumes tomorrow.

      An Aruban man said he was at the landfill dropping off trash when he saw men dump and cover the body of a blonde female, two days after Natalee Holloway disappeared.

      Police spokesman Edwin Comenencia said police searched the landfill after receiving the tip days after Holloway’s disappearance May 30th, but found nothing.

      He said the witness recently approached Holloway’s family, who asked for another search.


    6. kashekamon on June 2nd, 2015 12:29 pm

      I still think there is truth to Jurrien’s story of what happened to Natalee.

      Natalee told her friends they were taking her back to the hotel and that is what she believed. She never asked to go to the lighthouse to see the sharks and she never asked ask to lay on the beach and watch the stars. And besides that there wasn’t enough time for any of that to happen. Deepak never dropped Joran and Natalee off at the beach, took Satish home, came back an picked up Joran and left Natalee there. Nor did a friend of Joran’s show up with a boat and dumped her in the sea.

      Natalee was in the car, Deepak put a porn video on the screen, at that point Natalee knew she was in trouble. They were heading back to the hotel but pulled into the construction site next to the Holiday Inn, she managed to get out of the car, fell somewhere after that hit her head, maybe she died then or had extensive head injury that left her limp. (She was limp according to Jurrien)

      Deepak washed his car that early morning probably because of all the dust from the construction site. The wind blows very hard there all the time, the car was probably covered with it.

      I also think the priest at the church across the road from Joran’s home knows what happened. Paulus, Anita and Joran told him in a confession. That’s why the priest refused to see Dave Holloway and said he was too busy. What priest would deny someone who’s daughter disappeared and needed help from a religious servant of God?

      If Natalee is buried under the Marriott Surf Club how would we ever find her remains? Maybe Deepak and Satish should be arrested again an held, interrogated endlessly until they tell the truth.
      We have a witness who doesn’t seem to be giving up, There’s ooly one way Joran got to that construction site, Deepak and Satish drove him.

      I think all of this means the vest of any sense regarding the fate of Natalee.

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