Natalee Holloway: Missing in Aruba

Background and Latest Developments

Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway. Family photo

Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old graduate of Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, Alabama, traveled to the Caribbean island of Aruba with 125 members of her senior class. On Monday, May 30, 2005, she did not show up for her flight back to the United States.

Witnesses said Natalee was last seen leaving a nightclub in a car with three males -- Joran Van Der Sloot, 17; Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satist Kalpoe, 18.

The three originally told authorities that they dropped the Alabama honors student at the hotel where she was staying, but their story has changed many times since the early days in the search for Natalee Holloway.

Here are the latest developments in the Natalee Holloway case:

Latest Holloway Theory Debunked

May 19, 2015 - The story of the latest witness to come forward in the case of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway has been debunked by authorities in Aruba. Aruban investigators said Jurrien De Jong could not have possibly seen what he claimed he saw on the night Holloway disappeared.

De Jong told reporters that he saw Joran Van der Sloot carrying Holloway in his arms near a construction site. He said he dug an opening in a crawl space and buried her body underneath what is now the Spyglass Tower of the Marriott Hotel.

However, Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof issued a press release that contradicted De Jong's account, which investigators first heard in 2013.

The news release said that on May 30, 2005, the day Holloway vanished, there was no construction work of any kind going on at the site and the foundation of the hotel had not even been poured.

"This means that Natalee Holloway could never have been hidden and/or buried there," the release said.

After learning of De Jong's statement, Holloway's father Dave returned to Aruba earlier this month with an investigator and a cadaver dog.

New Lead in Holloway Case?

Mar. 22, 2015 - Natalee Holloway's father is trying to get Aruban officials to investigate a witness' report that the missing Alabama teen is buried under the floor of a hotel. Dave Holloway says an Amsterdam man claims to have seen Joran Van der Sloot place Natalee's body at the construction site.

Dave Holloway spoke with Jurrien de Jong several times in 2013 about the disappearance of Natalee on May 30, 2005. De Jong said he was hanging out at the closed construction site for the Marriott Aruba Surf Club Hotel when he saw Van der Sloot and Natalee enter the property.

De Jong also told his story to the Dutch newspaper The Alegmeen Dagblad. He said he later saw Van der Sloot carrying Natalee's body into a crawl space under the building. He said Van der Sloot dug a hole and put her inside. He covered the hole with sand and walked away.

De Jong was at the site that night because he was participating in illegal, drug-related activities. That's why he did not come forward at the time.

Dave Holloway told reporters that he remembers a strong scent of decay when near the construction site shortly after Natalee disappeared. He said Aruba's public prosecutors should not ignore De Jong's story.

Previous Developments

U.S. Indicts Van der Sloot for Extortion
June 30, 2010
A federal grand jury in the United States has indicted Joran Van der Sloot for wire fraud and extortion charges in connection with his attempt to sell information about the location of Natalee Holloway's remains in exchange for $250,000.

Joran Van der Sloot Arrested in Chile
June 3, 2010
Joran Van der Sloot, suspect in the death of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman who was found beaten and stabbed to death in his hotel room, has been arrested in Chile. In addition, extortion charges were filed in the United States against Van der Sloot for trying to collect $250,000 in exchange for the location of Holloway's body.

Underwater Photo Launches New Holloway Search
March 20, 2010
A photograph taken by a Philadelphia couple while diving in the waters off the coast of Aruba has launched another search for the remains of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

Aruban divers began searching underwater over the weekend for what could be skeletal remains.

Latest Van der Sloot Confession Termed 'Fantasy'
Feb. 23, 2010
The lead suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway has reportedly confessed to disposing of her body again to a television crew, but Dutch authorities dismiss the statement as "lies and fantasy."

Reporter Says He 'Solved' Holloway Case
Feb. 1, 2008
Using an underground network of hidden cameras, a Dutch journalist claims to have solved the case of the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. After seeing key pieces of evidence collected by reporter Peter R. de Vries, Aruba's top prosecutor has reopened the investigation.

Aruba Closes Natalee Holloway Investigation
Dec. 18, 2007
Authorities in Aruba have officially closed the investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway without bringing any charges against anyone. Aruban prosecutors said they had exhausted all of their resources to solve the case, but did not find enough evidence to charge anyone.

Three Re-Arrested in Holloway Case
Nov. 21, 2007
Prosecutors say that three suspects previously arrested in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba have been arrested again and officially charged with homicide. Joran van der Sloot was arrested in The Netherlands and Deepak and Satish Kalpoe were arrested in Aruba.

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Against Kalpoe Brothers
June 1, 2007
Superior Court Judge Charles C. Lee has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the parents of Natalee Holloway in Los Angeles against Deepak and Satish Kalpoe of Aruba.

Aruban Investigators 'Inspect' Kalpoe Home
May 14, 2007
Dutch and Aruban authorities visited the home of Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe this weekend. Nothing was seized at the home and the prosecutor's office in Aruba would release no other details about the investigation.

Dutch Police Search Van der Sloot Home
April 27, 2007
About 20 investigators from the Netherlands made an extensive search of the grounds outside the home of Joran van der Sloot over two days.

It was the first time police had searched any part of the Van der Sloot estate, except for the room of Joran.

Natalee's Parents Sue Kalpoe Brothers
Dec. 15, 2006
Two brothers from Aruba, twice arrested in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, filed a lawsuit against talk show host Dr. Phil, opening themselves up to the jurisdiction of the California courts. Natalee's parents immediately filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kalpoes in the same court.

Judge Dismisses New York Lawsuit
Aug. 3, 2006
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of Natalee Holloway against Joran van der Sloot ruling that the taxpayers of New York should not have to pay for a trial in which the state had little interest.

Latest Holloway Suspect Released
May 23, 2006
The latest suspect detained in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who worked as a croupier at the hotel casino where the Alabama teen was staying in Aruba, has been released from detention, Dutch court officials said.

Judge to Rule on Holloway Lawsuit
May 17, 2006
A New York judge heard arguments on the jurisdiction in that state of a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Natalee Holloway against Joran van der Sloot and his father.

Aruban Teen Arrested Because Witness Lied
Apr. 26, 2006
Deputy police chief Gerold Dompig says the 19-year-old teen, who was arrested in the Natalee Holloway case and released a week later, was detained by investigators because of a false accusation by a witness -- the chief's own teenage son.

Aruba Releases Suspect in Holloway Case
Apr. 24, 2006
Investigators in Aruba have released Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, 19, saying that the grounds to continue to hold him are no longer there, but he remains a suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

Judge Orders Teen Held in Holloway Case
Apr. 18, 2006
A judge in Aruba has agreed to allow a 19-year-old teen arrested over the weekend held another eight days while investigators question him about the Alabama's teen disappearance and drug dealing activities.

Arrest Made in Natalee Holloway Case
Apr. 15, 2006
Aruban authorities announced that they have made an arrest in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, but typically they would not say who was arrested and how they were connected to the case.

Natalee's Father Writes Book About Ordeal
Apr. 9, 2006
Dave Holloway, father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway has written a book "Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise," in which he describes the frustration the family has faced while dealing with Aruban authorities in the search for their daughter.

See also: The Crimes of Joran Van der Sloot

Earlier Articles on the Natalee Holloway Investigation

See Also: Profile of Natalee Holloway

Early developments in the case of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared while on a senior trip to Aruba, May 30, 2005.

Latest Developments in the Natalee Holloway Case

See Also: Profile of Natalee Holloway