Aruba Probing New Holloway Case Evidence

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - Aruban prosecutors said Thursday that authorities are investigating new evidence in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway provided by a Dutch crime reporter.

Prosecutors said in a statement, information from reporter Peter de Vries may help resolve what happened to the Mountain Brook native, who vanished during a May 2005 school vacation to the Dutch Caribbean island.

The statement did not say specifically what the new evidence was.

De Vries had a testy exchange earlier this month during a televised interview in the Netherlands with Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who was a suspect in the case.

Van der Sloot, who was among the last people seen with Holloway, threw wine at De Vries after the reporter challenged his credibility.

Prosecutors dismissed their case against Van der Sloot and two other suspects - Deepak and Satish Kalpoe - last month, saying they lacked evidence to charge them or even prove a crime was committed.

Holloway disappeared the final night of her high school graduation trip. She was 18 at the time.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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