Dutch Air Force ends Holloway search
11 July 2005AMSTERDAM — Three F-16 fighter jets are to return to base in the Netherlands after being withdrawn from the increasingly-frustrating search for missing US teen Natalee Holloway.
11 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — Three F-16 fighter jets are to return to base in the Netherlands after being withdrawn from the increasingly-frustrating search for missing US teen Natalee Holloway.
The 18-year-old disappeared on 30 May while holidaying on Aruba with friends to celebrate their graduation from high school. Aruba is a Caribbean island of 71,000 people and an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Joran van der S., the 17-year-old son of a Dutch judge working on the island, has been in custody as the main suspect for weeks. The boy's father, two Surinamese brothers and a DJ have also been held briefly before being released.
Although Joran and the two Surinamese brothers are believed to be the last people seen with Holloway, they have all denied harming her or knowing anything about her disappearance.
Local police suspect Holloway is dead but her body has not been found despite intensive searches over the last five weeks. Officers from Aruba and the Netherlands have been assisted by US law enforcement and a private company hired by Holloway's family but no trace of her has been found.
As pressure mounted on Aruba to resolve the case, the Dutch embassy in Washington issued a statement earlier this month to reassure Americans everything possible was being done to find her.
The Netherlands sent the three F-16 jets equipped with special cameras to Aruba to take part in the search. The jets flew 11 flights from the beginning of July but it is unclear if they found anything.
An Air Force spokesperson said "the results will be given to the investigation team" and the jets will return shortly to the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Aruba, Natalee Holloway