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June 9, 2005

Aruba Police: 'No Indications Natalee Is Not Alive'

Topics: Natalee Holloway

In a Thursday press conference in Aruba, officials from the island's Office of the Attorney General defended the delay in arresting three additional 'persons of interest' in the disappearance of Mountain Brook teen Natalee Holloway.

The three men arrested by Aruban police early Thursday morning had been designated 'persons' of interest' in the case and were detained soon after Holloway's disappearance. Police officials questioned the trio, then released them back to their families.

Jassen declined to elaborate on the evidence against any of the five men now being held in the case. But she did state that there are so far "no indications Natalee is not alive.'

The three young men acknowledged partying with an 18-year-old Alabama teen before she went missing last week. According to law enforcement sources, they told police that a man dressed in a security uniform approached her as they dropped her off at her hotel at about 2:00 a.m. Two of the suspects, identified as Surinamese brothers Satish and Deepak Kaploe, told police Natalee had been drinking and fell down as she got of the car in front of the hotel. The source said when the third suspect, Dutch citizen Joran Andreas Petrus Van Der Sloot, tried to help her, she refused, saying, "I can stand on my own." The Surinamese brothers told police, a black man dressed in a black security uniform and carrying a Walkie-Talkie went up to Natalee, seemingly to offer his assistance. The suspects then drove off and did not see Natalee again.

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Posted by Hyscience at June 9, 2005 10:28 PM

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