Jawbone found in Aruba being tested to determine if it is the remains of Natalee Holloway
Source: Mail Online — A jawbone found on a beach in Aruba will be tested to determine if it is part of the remains of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.
Miss Holloway was last seen on the island in 2005 and has been the subject of an ongoing missing person’s case.
A couple on holiday apparently found the bone on the beach and turned it in to the hotel clerk who alerted authorities.
‘The prosecutor’s office of Aruba sent us some bone material’, said Inge Oevering, spokeswoman for the National Forensic Institute in the Hague, Netherlands.
She said the material will undergo forensic testing to determine whether it is animal or human.
If it human, authorities will then try to create a DNA profile she added.
Ms Oevering said the process will depend on the condition of the material and will normally take about a week.
The findings will then be sent back to the prosecutor’s office who will determine whether to make the results public.
Dutch paper De Telegraaft reported today that the jawbone was found near the Phoenix hotel – one of the locations that had been mentioned by Joran Van der Sloot, who was arrested twice in connection with Miss Holloway’s disappearance.
He has maintained he was not involved with her death and has never been charged.
Miss Holloway was 18 when she was last seen leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with van der Sloot and two other men in May 2005.
She was on the island with 100 classmates to celebrate graduating from Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham.
Her mother Beth Holloway recently came face-to-face with her suspected killer in a long-awaited prison confrontation.
After five years, Beth Holloway got the chance to confront him over the disappearance of her beloved daughter, who is believed to have died while travelling in Aruba.
She visited van der Sloot at Peru’s notorious Miguel Castro Castro jail, where he is in solitary confinement as he awaits trial for the brutal slaying of Peruvian Stephanie Flores.
Hidden cameras followed the brave mother inside the jail and caught the dramatic confrontation.
High-profile Dutch crime reporter Peter De Vries was also involved in the confrontation.
It was first reported on in September that Mrs Holloway had snuck into the prison to confront Van der Sloot – but now footage and what was said has been revealed for the first time.
Prior to the meeting, De Vries had fitted Mrs Holloway with a hidden microphone to capture every word of her conversation. Four more covert cameras were set up in the prison ward’s office.
Van der Sloot, 23, was completely unaware he was being recorded and monitored in a nearby room and had no idea Mrs Holloway was visiting. Prison officials had complied with the covert operation.
Making her way through the barbed wire fence of the maximum-security prison, Mrs Holloway said the adrenalin kicked in.
We arrived at the gates of Castro Castro and of course, I was anxious and nervous,’ she said.
‘But entering the prison grounds I still felt confident that what I was doing was the right thing.’
The inmate was not handcuffed as he was led into the room, and sat on a chair inches away from Mrs Holloway.
There was no divider or security screen, although a warden was sitting behind a desk.
Mrs Holloway’s presence had come as a complete surprise to van der Sloot.
Beth Holloway’s plea: ‘I want to know what happened and I want to move on, Joran… Tell me where she is.’
Mrs Holloway can be heard pleading with him to put her out of her misery by coming clean about the events in Aruba back in May 2005.
‘Just listen to me for a couple of minutes,’ she said.
‘I won’t do anything until I get some information about Natalee.
‘I want to know what happened and I want to move on, Joran. I want to move on.
‘If it was an accident, tell me. I don’t know.
‘It’s too late for Natalee but it’s not too late for you Joran. I just wanted to get face to face with you. I don’t have any hate in me.
Van der Sloot’s reply: ‘I hope you can understand it’s very hard for me to talk to you… It is the least I owe you, for sure. I’ve made so many bad decisions and for all the wrong reasons.’
‘Joran I’ve been a school teacher for 30 years and I felt like there was a real sincerity that you wanted to get this monkey off your back.
‘And I thought that’s where we were going. I know you want your life back.
‘But you’re looking at spending the rest of our life in prison.
‘You have your own life ahead, you’re the boss of you. But here, Joran, the time stands still, the clock stops. You’re just stranded in time.’
After listening in silence for four minutes, van der Sloot finally spoke.
‘I hope you can understand it’s very hard for me to talk to you,’ he said.
‘It’s really not easy, I’m really doing my best. I know you have a very good heart, I know that for a fact. It is the least I owe you for sure.
‘I’ve made so many bad decisions and all for the wrong reasons.’
Mrs Holloway’s desperation grew.
Joran, you don’t need to lose your life in prison and be sitting here when you’re 60 years of age and be sitting here insisting to me that you don’t know what happened,’ she said.
‘Tell me what happened. Let me take her home.’
After the meeting Mrs Holloway broke down in tears, saying: ‘I wanted to see him, I wanted to get face to face with him.
‘I wanted to peel the skin off his face. I’m thinking this is it, this is my one chance and I’ll never get this chance again.
‘My eyes met his and we were face to face. The only thing I had left in me was just to speak from the heart.’
Disappointingly, the liaison did little to help Mrs Holloway’s agonising quest for answers.
The riveting footage was aired on prime-time CBS shows The Insider and Entertainment Tonight on Friday, and will also form part of a Dutch crime documentary.
Twice arrested and never charged, Van der Sloot remains the chief suspect in the Natalee Holloway case.
The pretty blonde 18-year-old had disappeared on the last night of a high school graduation trip and was last seen leaving a club with van der Sloot and his two friends.
Her body has never been found.
Mrs Holloway, from Alabama, has always been vocal about her only daughter’s suspected killer, saying he has ‘dragged her through hell’.
She has devoted her life to uncovering the truth.
More compelling footage is set to be aired on CBS next week.
‘If he thinks I’ve been pestering him for the past five years, he hasn’t seen anything yet,’ she said.
‘Because if he wants to sit there and keep insisting that he doesn’t have answers or doesn’t know what happened to Natalee well then I want him to keep saying that when he’s 60 years old sitting in prison.
‘He can’t even take a mother sitting in front of him to tell her the truth?
‘That’s pathetic, it’s pathetic.’
In June this year, Van der Sloot was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alabama for trying to extort $200,000 from Mrs Holloway.
In exchange for cash, he allegedly promised to tell her the location of Natalee’s remains. The footage showed her revisiting the supposed Aruba locations with De Vries.
‘It was another elaborately fabricated story from Joran,’ she said.
‘Of course we’d thought just maybe, just once he was telling the truth. But no.
‘I know that Joran will either spend the rest of his life living in a Peruvian prison or I will have Natalee and will bring her home and I will have the answers I’ve been so desperately seeking.’