SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Aruba's chief prosecutor says he might finally close the case of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after a lengthy probe that was labeled as botched in its early stages and has never led to anyone being formally charged.
Hans Mos told The Associated Press he will drop the case unless prosecutors agree before the New Year that they have strong enough evidence to go to court.
Mos says he has promised the three suspects that after December 31st, he will not pursue the case, saying: "This investigation should end at a certain point."
Mos says he imposed the deadline himself earlier this year because he feels two years is a reasonable amount of time for bringing charges against someone.
His comments come after last week's release of three suspects who have been arrested several times since the probe began following the Mountain Brook teen's disappearance in May of 2005 while on a graduation celebration trip to Aruba.
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