Aruban Attorney General Responds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Aruba's attorney general says she could prosecute a case in the disappearance of an Alabama teen-ager even if her body is never found.

Caren Janssen also said investigators have turned up no evidence to suggest that 18-year-old Natalee Holloway is dead.

Holloway disappeared May 30. Three young men are in custody, but none has been charged.

Janssen told The Associated Press it would be "difficult but not impossible" to prosecute without a body. She declined to say what evidence investigators have.

Janssen says the father of one of the men now in custody told the suspects that "without a body, there is no case." The father -- who is a judicial official in Aruba, was also held for a few days, but has now been released.

FBI agents, Aruban police, Dutch Marines and thousands of islanders have searched for Holloway without finding any trace of her.


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