Aruba Authorities Continue Search For Holloway

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: Aruban authorities joined police from the Netherlands yesterday in combing sand dunes along the island’s northern tip and the beach in a continued search for missing Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway.

Reports out of Aruba indicate that the search team along with cadaver dogs rummaged through sand dunes and the beach next to the hotel where Holloway was apparently left on May 30, 2005.

The search came after Aruban Deputy Police Chief Gerald Dompig told Troy Roberts of CBS News’ “48 Hours,” last week that a new witness came forward with credible information that Holloway is dead and where her body is buried. He also said the body may have been buried twice.

But the top cop also said he strongly believes Holloway died from complications of alcohol and drugs and was not murdered as was speculated all along.

“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,” he said in the interview, broadcast last Saturday, March 25.

Holloway, 18, disappeared on the last day of a holiday with friends from Alabama to celebrate their graduation from school. She was last seen in the company of Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot though van der Sloot has not been charged in the case.
Holloway’s parents, however, have filed a civil suit in New York against the van der Sloot, also 18, and his parents. –