Aruba jawbone could be Natalee Holloway's

19th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


A jawbone found on the Caribbean island of Aruba belonged to a young woman, possibly missing US teenager Natalee Holloway.

A forensic investigator on the Dutch Antillean island told Ms Holloway's father about the find. The bone was discovered last week by tourists on a beach near the Phoenix Hotel, near one of the spots indicated by prime suspect Joran van der Sloot. He is currently in jail in Peru, charged with the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in Lima.

DNA test It will take some time to ascertain the identity of the jawbone since it is notoriously difficult to extract DNA material from bone, a spokesperson for the Netherlands Forensic Institute said.

High school graduate Natalee Holloway disappeared without trace after a night of drunken revelling with Mr Van der Sloot in 2005. He repeatedly said on record that he knew what had happened to her, but in most cases retracted or denied his statements later. Failing conclusive evidence, Joran has never been formally charged with involvement in Natalee's vanishing.

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