Aruba's attorney general said she could prosecute a case in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway even if the Alabama teen's body is not found.
Caren Janssen, in an interview yesterday, also said investigators have found no evidence to suggest that the 18-year-old Holloway, who disappeared May 30, is dead.
Three young men remain in custody in Holloway's disappearance, but none has been charged. Janssen declined to reveal what evidence investigators might have.
Massive searches have produced no trace of Holloway, who was celebrating her graduation from high school in Mountain Brook when she disappeared.
Janssen, who has been tightlipped during the investigation, said she had decided to speak out because there has been so much misinformation in the American press.
A group of volunteer rescuers from Texas, which began searches last Saturday, began a partial pullout from Aruba on Wednesday. But the group said it plans to bring in replacements for those who had left.
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