Friday, December 7, 2007

Natalee Holloway: Joran van der Sloot released; case could close

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Dutch Suspect in Holloway Case Freed After Judge's Ruling
Updated: Dec 7, 2007 6:59 PM EST

A judge Friday ordered the release of the last of three suspects
re-arrested last month in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway. He
ruled the evidence was not strong enough to continue holding Joran van der
He had been in custody since November 21st along with two other
suspects, brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who were released from jail
December 1st following a similar ruling.
A prosecutor said the 20-year-old
Van der Sloot was ordered freed because the judge found the investigation has
not resulted in more direct evidence than before that Holloway died as a result
of a violent crime against her or that the suspect has been involved in such a
Van der Sloot walked out of jail, accompanied by one of his
Chief prosecutor Hans Mos said the men did not divulge any new
information under interrogation, leaving the investigation in the same place it
was before the arrests.
Prosecutors say they have evidence that Holloway,
who was 18 when she disappeared in May 2005, is dead.
No trace of the
Mountain Brook teen has ever been found despite extensive searches.
More sad news from
Prosecutor in Natalee Holloway Case Ready to Drop Investigation by Month's End
Posted: Dec 8, 2007 03:26 PM EST
Updated: Dec 8, 2007 03:26 PM EST
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Aruba's chief prosecutor says officials need to
find strong evidence in Natalee Holloway's disappearance by the end of the
month, or he'll close the case.
Hans Mos tells The Associated Press that he
has promised the suspects that after December 31st, his office will not pursue
the investigation.
The probe has revolved around three suspects who were the
last people known to see Holloway before she vanished.
Mos says he and the
Holloway family feel pursuing a minor charge serves no purpose. No one has been
formally charged in the two-year-long probe.
He won't comment on the kind of
evidence his office is reviewing. But he says he doesn't anticipate finding
Holloway's remains and prosecuting a case without them would be very hard.

My hope is that the new deep-water search will turn up something that will be enough to either solve the case or at least keep it open.

If you know anything about where Natalee might be, please call the FBI tipline at 1-877-628-2533.
Natalee's website:
A blog covering the search:

Another blog about Natalee:

Photo of Natalee from her website.

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