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July 26, 2005

New witnesses in Aruba; Credible or Just another Story

Posted in: Natalee Holloway

Birmingham News: Holloway family: New witnesses in Aruba

Natalee Holloway’s stepfather said Tuesday that two new witnesses have come forward with information about the night nearly two months ago that the Alabama teenager disappeared on this Dutch Caribbean island.

One witness told investigators that he saw Joran van der Sloot, a 17-year-old Dutch youth who has been detained as the main suspect, driving to a nightclub across the road from the Marriott Hotel around 2:30 a.m. on May 30, when Holloway disappeared, said George Twitty.

According to Twitty, the witness said van der Sloot tried to hide his face with his hands as he drove to the Racquet Club with two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe. The brothers were detained as suspects and later released.

I guess we can speculate as to whether these statements are credible by this witness. If so, much has changed and Joran may have some company in prison again.

The stepfather said the account is significant because it places the three individuals near the hotel beach where van der Sloot says he left Holloway alone the last night she was seen in public.

“What’s interesting is the time — 2:30 a.m. — when the three were supposedly on their way home,” Twitty said, referring to their previous accounts to investigators.

The witness, a gardener whose name was not disclosed, gave his account to investigators Friday, Twitty said.

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