New suspect held in Holloway case

18th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors have asked that a Dutchman, 19, be remanded in custody for a further eight days as part of the investigation into the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the autonomous Dutch island of Aruba.

18 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors have asked that a Dutchman, 19, be remanded in custody for a further eight days as part of the investigation into the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the autonomous Dutch island of Aruba.

The man - identified by a local newspaper as Geoffrey van Cromvoirt - was arrested on Saturday. The brother of an Aruban police officer, van Cromvoirt has been described by the media on the island as a friend of the main suspect, Joran van der Sloot, 18.

Neither Dutchman has been charged with any offence in connection with Holloway's disappearance. Lawyer Joseph Tacopina, who is representing van der Sloot, denied his client knows the new suspect. The lawyer said the arrest was good news as it appeared the investigation is going in a new direction.

Van Cromvoirt is the brother of a police officer and works for his father's security company VCB that patrols the beaches outside hotels on Aruba. One local newspaper suggested he was arrested because a VCB tee-shirt found by investigators a week after Holloway disappeared had specks of his blood on it. This has not been confirmed by the authorities.

Holloway was on holiday in Aruba with classmates in May 2005 to celebrate their graduation. She was last seen when leaving a nightclub with Van der Sloot and two other men on 30 May. They first claimed they dropped her back to the Holiday Inn hotel later that night. But then they claimed they left her on a beach at her own request. The three young men have always denied harming her.

Shortly after the investigation began, officials said they believed Holloway is dead. Several searches of the island have failed to locate any sign of her.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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