Beth Holloway-Twitty -- the mother of missing teenager Natalee Holloway who disappeared from Aruba in 2005 -- has taken an enormous amount of flak for her extreme dedication to finding her daughter's killer.
Now, nearly five-and-a-half years later, a jaw bone found on the beach may finally be the answer to her mother's quest.
Say what you want about Holloway-Twitty, most of us would have been the same way if our babies went missing.
She earned the ire of much of the public after an unfavorable profile in Vanity Fair and her repeat assertions that Joran Van Der Sloot -- the original suspect in Natalee's disappearance -- knew more than he let on.
It turned out a mother's intuition is powerful, indeed.
Van Der Sloot is currently in a Peruvian prison on suspicion of murder. Another young woman, another country. All the hate heaped on Natalee's mom should have been on him all along.
She never gave up. Her quest is a testament to a mom's love. Here are just a few of the things she has done over the years to keep her daughter's story in the news:
She called for a boycott: Until she got answers, she called for a boycott of travel to Aruba, which quickly made her hated on the island -- and beyond. According to Vanity Fair:
"They're killing Aruba," says Aruban businessman Charles Croes, a former ally. "That girl, Natalee, I wish she'd stayed home. I hope she's found alive there. Because no one would care. No one. The kid is just not worth all this trouble, this heartache. Is Natalee worth it? Is she?"
Nice guy, eh?
She interviewed extensively: She was everywhere she could be, accusing Van Der Sloot and his friends, the Kalpoe brothers, of everything from knowing more than they say they do to gang rape.
She met with Van Der Sloot: In September, Holloway-Twitty snuck into Van Der Sloot's jail in Peru to meet with the man she thinks killed her daughter.
She remained committed: Despite being relentlessly criticized for her accusations and her commitment to tabloid television, she kept on saying what she thought. True dedication and, in fact, it seems she was right about Van Der Sloot. She also travels the world giving speeches.
She started a foundation: The International Safe Travels Foundation is designed help travelers learn more about safe travels abroad. She also recently announced the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, which will aid families with missing members.
Yes, she is outspoken and loud about what she believes, but she loves her child. What mother wouldn't fight for her baby even after it's likely he or she is gone from this Earth?
I hope she is able to get some sort of closure.
Do you think Natalee's mom has gone overboard?
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