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Natalee Holloway


Natalee Ann Holloway (October 21, 1986 – on or after May 30, 2005) was an American student who vanished on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, a Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Holloway lived in Mountain Brook, Alabama at the time of her disappearance, and graduated from Mountain Brook High School on May 24, 2005, shortly before the trip. Her disappearance caused a media sensation in the United States.

Holloway was scheduled to fly home later on May 30, but failed to appear for her flight. She was last seen by her classmates outside Carlos'n Charlie's, a Caribbean chain restaurant and nightclub in Oranjestad, in a car with locals Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. When questioned, the three men said they dropped her off at her hotel and denied knowing what became of Holloway. Upon further investigation by authorities, Van der Sloot was arrested twice on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance and the Kalpoes were each arrested three times. Due to lack of evidence the three men were released without charge each time.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, Aruban investigators conducted an extensive search for Holloway. Special Agents from the FBI, fifty Dutch soldiers and three specially equipped Dutch Air Force F-16 aircraft participated in the search. In addition to the ground search, divers examined the ocean floor for evidence of Holloway's body. The searches were unsuccessful; Holloway's body was never found.


On December 18, 2007, Aruban prosecutors announced that the case would be closed without any charges sought against the former suspects. The Aruban prosecutor's office reopened the case on February 1, 2008, after receiving video footage of Joran van der Sloot, under the influence of marijuana, making statements that Holloway died on the morning of May 30, 2005, and that he disposed of her body. Van der Sloot later denied that what he said was true, and subsequently gave Greta Van Susteren an interview (the contents of which he later retracted) in which he stated that he sold Holloway into sexual slavery.


Holloway's family criticized Aruban investigators throughout the search for a perceived lack of progress in finding her. The family also called for a boycott of Aruba, which gained Alabama Governor Bob Riley's support but failed to gain widespread backing. On January 12, 2012, an Alabama judge declared her legally dead.

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October 3, 2023

Joran van der Sloot's confession that he killed Natalee Holloway ended the nearly two-decade-old mystery about what happened to the Alabama teenager who disappeared on her high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. The 36-year-old Dutchman made the admission as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors over van der Sloot's 2010 attempt to extort a quarter-million dollars from Holloway's mother in exchange for the purported location of her daughter's remains and other details.  As part of the plea deal, van der Sloot had to provide information about Holloway's disappearance in exchange for a 20-year sentence in the extortion scheme, which he will serve concurrently with his prison sentence in Peru for killing Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, age 21. Van der Sloot was interviewed by his attorney on Oct. 3, and in the interview, he revealed graphic details about how he killed the 18-year-old from the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama.

He and Natalee Holloway lied down on a beach together at night and started kissing. As the kissing continued, van der Sloot started touching her. When Holloway said no and told van der Sloot to stop, he continued touching her anyway.

"She ends up kneeing me in the crotch," van der Sloot said.

Van der Sloot said he stood up and kicked her "extremely hard" in the face. Then he found a large cinderblock and hit her with it. Seeing what he had done, he moved her body into the ocean until the water was up to his knees and he pushed her out to sea.

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