Aruba Missing Teen

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A judge heard competing appeals today in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

A defense lawyer sought the release of a Dutch teen in the case while prosecutors asked for the re-arrest of two brothers from Suriname.

Brothers Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, and 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot were among the last people to see Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook. She vanished on the final night of a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean Island.

The hearings were closed and the judge was expected to confer with two colleagues before issuing a ruling Thursday.

A judge ruled earlier this month that there was insufficient evidence to hold the brothers in Holloway's disappearance.

Extensive searches of the island and surrounding waters by authorities and volunteers have turned up no trace of the young woman. Two volunteer search groups planned to end their efforts this week.

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