Huge Break in Natalee Holloway's Disappearance Might Actually Be a Hoax

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In a moment that could have finally provided closure on one of the biggest unsolved crimes in recent history, Dave Holloway and private investigator T.J. Ward made some pretty big claims regarding a new development in the Natalee Holloway case. In an interview with the Today show, the two men allege that they found human remains that could possibly be Natalee's. But upon further investigation by the Huffington Post, this claim seems controversial and, at worst, could be a publicity stunt for the men's new show on the Oxygen network, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.


Natalee, a graduate of Alabama's Mountain Brook High School, was on an unofficial senior trip to Aruba 12 years ago when she disappeared during a night out with her classmates. Her friends claim they saw Natalee get into a white van with Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch student who was studying in Aruba at the time, around 1 a.m., and that she never showed up for the flight home the next day. Little did they know that Natalee would never be seen again.

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On Wednesday, August 16, Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, and investigator T.J. Ward were guests on the Today show, where they divulged that an informant allegedly connected them with a man who had direct knowledge of Natalee's murder.

"When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked," Holloway told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. He continued, "We have a person who states he was directly involved with Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee's remains. I thought, you know, there may be something to this."

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Speaking of the newly found evidence, Holloway said, "We've chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I've seen in the last 12 years."

Sounds believable, right?

Well, a follow-up investigation by the Huffington Post determined that this may not be the case-breaking lead we've all been waiting for.

Aruba public prosecutor Dorean Kardol tells HuffPost that "no human remains were found" in the area where Holloway claims, adding that any bones in the area "were found to be from animals."

Kardol also says that removing any human remains from Aruba would be illegal without authorization and could bring criminal charges. HuffPost also reports that the FBI had no record of human remains being brought to the US from Aruba in connection with the case.

Holloway declined to provide the Huffington Post with the name of the lab that's supposedly testing the DNA of the remains, saying, "It's a reputable lab and that's all I can tell you at this point."

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Of course, no one can say for sure if Holloway's claims are legit, and the Oxygen network has refused to comment. But if this is just a publicity stunt taking advantage of the upcoming 12-year anniversary of Natalee's disappearance, then Holloway will lose any credibility he has with the American public. Most upsetting of all would be this father's total disregard for his daughter's legacy. We're hoping, for Natalee's sake, that this is just a series of misunderstandings.

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