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June 11, 2005

Natalee Holloway Update - reports out that Natalee is dead (Updated x 5) (photo links)

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Several updates are out on the Natalee Holloway disappearance - and according to most news sources, Natalee is dead - and from a blogger, Joran Van der Sloot is not in his cell. Reports continue to go back and forth on the confession issue, as do the reports of a search for Natalee's body. Sadly, It's still blow by blow posting, perhaps to continue through most of the night.

Latest Updates are at bottom of this post - See "Something Bad Has Happened" (hat tip - Scared Monkeys).

Natalie,  may you rest in peace!

Aruban Radio Report: Searching Canashito River For Natalee Holloway(via Riehl World View)

New Details Emerge Surround Missing Teen In Aruba - she was "fondled intimately," could this be a clue that she may have been forced and ....

According to police in Aruba, one of three young men who took a missing Alabama honors student to the beach confessed that "something bad" happened to the 18-year-old American.(19 minutes ago)

CNN - Aruba suspect confesses to killing teen. The suspect has agreed to lead police to the body of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, the police official said. Police did not say which of the three confessed. The three have been identified as brothers Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Depak Kalpoe, 21, and their friend, 17-year-old Joran Van Der Sloot, the son of a judge.

WBRC - Local Birmingham TV is reporting that the family is going to the lighthouse area to look for the body. Mai Martinez reporting live says that they were at the lighthouse but now are heading to police station.

MSNBC - ORANJESTAD, Aruba - One of three young men who took a missing Alabama honors student to the beach confessed that "something bad" happened to the 18-year-old American, police say.

Yahoo - An unidentified friend of Natalee Holloway signs a 'wall of hope' erected for the missing Alabama teen in Mountain Brook, Ala., on Friday, June 10, 2005. Holloway disappeared in Aruba on May 30 during a senior graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves) 

Dan at Riehl World View writes that amid reports that one of those arrested will lead police to the body tonight, he has received a reliable report from a local source in Aruba that Joran Van der Sloot is not in his cell at this time. He offers that while that does not confirm Joran Van der Sloot is the individual that confessed, the information was passed on in a manner suggesting it is quite possible that is why he is not currently in his cell. Developing.

At first I put this post up as a news report, but I just had to come back to it.

This is every parent's nightmare, and for Natalee's parents, it's come true.

They gave her life, they loved her, they saw her grow up from an infant to young adulthood, they lived and loved her life with her from cradle to just before college. They sent her off to a vacation paradise, and certainly could hardly wait for her to come home. They entrusted her care to adults that accompanied her and others to Aruba. The adults that were responsible for her allowed her to get drunk, either by permission or by neglegence, the chaperones and her friends were unaware of her dangerous liaison with strangers, and those kids she was with were in fact strangers whether she had met them the day before or not - and she was killed. Her parents had no idea that the day that they kissed her goodbye to go on vacation, was the last time they would ever see her again, alive.

Think about it.  We just can't ever love our kids enough, and we can never ever be too careful. Young adults or young infants, they need us like we need them. May God be with Natalee's parents tonight. Their pain is immeasurable.

I can't help but wonder. Where were the chaperone's and where where her friends when she needed them? Of course Natalie has a part in what happened, but nonetheless, adults were responsible for her. I'm not trying to place blame on anyone, but this should have never happened. It makes me mad as hell.

New Update(via Scared Monkeys): "Something Bad Has Happened"


Report Prime Minister is saying CNN is not right. PM confirms information is for sale. Local media obviously cannot match the big media bids.

Radio Station Online: ArubaDag

Aruba Girl

According to the prime minister the fam. didn't know this until they turned on CNN. The radio stations are also reporting that cops are heading to recover the remains. First it was lighthouse, then it was Bubali Plas (shallow lake), now it's Canashito, the rock quarry.

Aruba Girl

Police Commisionary Dompig denies that he confirmed the news. He said to the AP that he could not confirm the news. 

He told the local radio station that he could not confirm the news. 

Local Female

The Sir Dompifg of police, which is named by acosiated press has denied to other local medias that this is the case And is calling associated press to retract his name.

Photos of Natalee and the search that went on in Aruba'

Update 3 - Dan at Riehl World View has this:

According to unconfirmed sources the search for Natalee Holloway may be leading to the Canashito Caves area south of Hooiberg, which is the only mountain on the island, off the beaten track and reported known for a set of caves. Here is a link to a scrollable image to the mountain area.

A commenter on his site writes:

Hooiberg does not have any cave, tunel of love does exist but is located more north east from hooiberg, its a tunel has an entrance and an exit that is known. Yes there is more caves on the northeast side of the island that there is no known exit, the only exit on these caves is the entrance.

And at canashito is more a small "lake" that they were talking about that was a bag that they found. Nothing is confirmed. It seems to be that CNN and the rest of the international press were a little bit early in reporting " breaking" news.

Update 4 - ABC AP REPORT

A relative said her family continues to believe she is alive. Rumors raging on the island that she is dead are "an aggressive interpretation" of what police are saying, Jar Twitty, the brother of Holloway's stepfather, told the AP.

Update 5. FoxNews on TV is reporting that no confession has been made. - end item.

Guess: The situation seems very fluid - Natalee is most likely dead, there is probably some kind of a confession, and we just can't know that any of this is true, for sure, until later today when the PM and the police feel comfortable in releasing the info, after the family is officially notified of what has really happened. And rightfully so!

Hat tips - Scared Monkeys, Riehl World View

Posted by Hyscience at June 11, 2005 1:26 AM


It is real fluid right now. We have alot of Arubans telling us that the local radio is saying that nothing is confirmed and people are asking AP for retractions.. VERY VERY FLUID

Posted by: Tom at June 11, 2005 1:30 AM

There is supposed to be a press conference at the Holiday Inn. It was supposed to have started at 10:00 Am Arubian Time. But up to now not yet. I am still pending.

You can check it yourself at and click on any of the radio stations in the Menu at the upperright corner of the Website.

You will need RealPlayer to listen

Posted by: Peter at June 11, 2005 10:33 AM

I commend Ms. Holloway Twitty's comments,they know what happened to her. Those three little monsters know hat happened to Natalee. They have no compassion for a bewildered, panic-stricten mother. I am so upsettle about this, I can't even imagine how Ms. Hollowat-Witty feels. My prayers are with her and for that
beautiful girl Natalee!
Shame on those three. They are monsters.

Posted by: Sandra at June 12, 2005 9:08 PM

Why don't they just fess up?! We all know they were the last to be seen with Natalee. The sooner we can find her, the better off it is for her parents.

Posted by: Sandra at June 12, 2005 9:46 PM

I agree, I believe that those three guys know exactly what happened to Natalee. I just don't understand though how 3 people so young could do anything like this. I think maybe they were drunk and things got out of hand and maybe they didn't intentionally mean to kill her but that they went into a panic. I think the police should just keep questioning the 3 young men until they eventually break down. Another thing to think about is why did they let them go to begin with. The Dutch boys father is some kind of "top official" makes you wonder if they had some kind of help in covering up what really happened. I just hope that she still alive somewhere, but it looks worse each day. And hopefully this mystery is solved. The whole thing just seems strange.

Posted by: Melanie at June 13, 2005 12:03 AM

Certainly, this entire ordeal continues to be nothing short of agonizing for Natalee's family and I honestly can't understand how they hold themselves together, I would have probably just collapsed by now... and I have followed this mystery every day as it has unfolded, but if there is one thing in any of this that I find most disturbing of all, it is that a "man of honor,"a judge in training, and according to his wife,Mr. Van Der Sloot is "a beautiful man", Anita Van Der Sloot said in her Mr's defense; EXCUSE ME? If this isn't someone who has a moral and social obligation to be truthful, and to encourage the same from his son, Then whom? This "judge" in training had the audacity to advise his son that without a body the police have no case? Someone tell me, for what other reason than assisting the cover up of alleged criminal intentions of those boys, would he or anyone else in his position say something so infuriatingly suspicious? I don't care how "generally" he says he was speaking about a situation such as this... GENERALLY my %#*!! The fact is... this IS the very situation, that his son, and friends are caught up in, and to even make a comment like that was barbaric. How dare he say that to those boys? I have to keep asking myself was that a judge, or a corrupt attorney that said that? Talk about obstruction of justice....

Posted by: Robin at July 17, 2005 6:33 AM

hi natalee i now know that you r dead but that your body isn't found. i hope they find it. i feel about to cry right now u r so cute and i really wish that u was alive right now to countue with your life xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo NATALEE I'M SADTHAT U R AN ANGEL XOXOXOXOX XOXOX LOVE U FOREVER nATALEEXOXOXOXXOXXOOOOXXO

Posted by: Zehra at December 9, 2005 11:45 PM

hi natalee i now know that you r dead but that your body isn't found. i hope they find it. i feel about to cry right now u r so cute and i really wish that u was alive right now to countue with your life xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo NATALEE I'M SADTHAT U R AN ANGEL XOXOXOXOX XOXOX LOVE U FOREVER nATALEEXOXOXOXXOXXOOOOXXO

Posted by: Zehra at December 9, 2005 11:49 PM

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