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Aruba prosecutor: End is near in Holloway case

By: AP News
By: AP News

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Aruban prosecutors say their
investigation into the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager
Natalee Holloway is nearing the end. They're appealing for anyone
with information to come forward.

Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos said his office still needs "at least another few months" to investigate statements made by the only
remaining suspect, Joran van der Sloot. The statements were made during a hidden-camera interview which was broadcast on Dutch television last year.

Holloway, from Mountain Brook, was last seen in May 2005 leaving a bar in the Aruban capital Oranjestad with Van der Sloot on the final night of a high school graduation trip to the island. She was 18 at the time.

No trace of Holloway has ever been found despite extensive searches involving hundreds of volunteers, Aruban soldiers, FBI agents and even Dutch F-16 jets with special equipment.

Aruban investigators reopened the case last year based on thehidden-camera recordings made by Dutch television crime reporter Peter R. de Vries.

But judges rejected an attempt to re-arrest Van der Sloot forstatements he made on the Dutch TV show. The hidden-camera
recordings showed Van der Sloot saying he was with Holloway when
she died on the Dutch Caribbean island and that he had a friend
dump her body at sea.


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