Dutch experts join Aruba investigation

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13 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch experts arrived on Aruba on Sunday to assist the local authorities in the investigation into the disappearance of 18-year-old American tourist Natalee Holloway.

13 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch experts arrived on Aruba on Sunday to assist the local authorities in the investigation into the disappearance of 18-year-old American tourist Natalee Holloway.

Police commissioner Jan van der Straten, who is heading the investigation, declined to say what sort of experts have been provided by the Netherlands.

He did say that the experts did not have tracker dogs with them and their work would be very specific. "I can't say anything more other than it is clear which direction the investigation is going."

The Caribbean island of Aruba, along with the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles, is a  semi-autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

One of the suspects who was held on Thursday in connection with Holloway's disappearance is a 17-year-old son of a Dutch judge who has lived on the island for at least 10 years. 

Two of the youth's Surinamese friends were also detained. The three are allegedly the last people to have seen the schoolgirl from Alabama. 

She disappeared two weeks ago while on a school trip to Aruba with 124 classmates and 7 chaperones. Police found her passport and packed bags in her hotel room after she failed to show up for her return flight.

The suspects have told police that they gave her a lift after an evening on the town. They claim she asked them to driver her around the island and they then drove her back to her hotel. It is unclear if she ever arrived there.

The two Surinamese youths have allegedly told the police their friend had a sexual encounter with Holloway in the back seat of the car.

Holloway's parents later said on American television that human blood was found in the car. Her parents have provided blood samples for a DNA test to confirm whether the blood allegedly found in the car can be linked to their missing daughter. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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