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Friday, April 21, 2006

New Shake-up in Oranjestad, Aruba

Earlier this week, authorities in Aruba announced that a new person had been arrested for possible connection or knowledge in the nearly one year old Natalee Holloway disappearance mystery. Natalle vanished after visiting a local pub in Aruba (Carlos & Charlies) while vacationing in Aruba last May 30, 2005.

Van Cromvoirt was employed with a video survelliance company that supposidly handled video camera activty at the Holiday Inn where Holloway while on her trip last May to Aruba. There have been reports of a shirt found on the island that included the company's logo where Van Cromvoirt was employed. It is unclear at this time, if that shirt can be linked to the new suspect. As expected, Van Cromvoirt claims to have never met Natalee Holloway or the three original suspects.

Natalee's family has reported to the media that they remain hopeful but guarded in these new developments surrounding their daughter's disappearance. They still feel very strongly that Joran Van Der Sloot and the Kalpo brothers have more knowledge in Natalee's disappearance than they are revealing. The three suspects were released after being held for 90 days due insufficient evidence. Evidence that many believe that Van Der Sloots father, Paul helped the three boys dispose of in the early morning hours of June 1, 2005.

We are now 11 months into this search for Natalee and it seems that the investigation has started to fire back up again. There have been several new leads in Natalee's case within the last year but all of those leads have turned up no sign of Natalee. I am sure this is another test of Beth and Dave's patience. Both of them have gone nonstop since last year when this whole nightmare began.

Natalee's face and name have become a household name in many households across America, just like Laci Peterson, and many have the same question. "Where's Natalee?"
I know that there are so many others like Natalee who has not been given the press coverage that Natalee has had. It still doesn't change the fact that many us follow this case and worry about her just like the others. By now, it's pretty obvious that Natalee fell victim to a crime that night in Aruba. She did not leave on her own accord.

Just today, (April 20, 2006) Aruba officials have reported that the new search including underwater sonar has been called off for Natalee. Perhaps they are waiting for the information from the new suspect to lead them directly to Natalee? Maybe he does not know anything, and maybe he does? There are only so many days they can detain him, just like Van Der Sloot and the Kalpo brothers. What will happen after that? When will we finally know, and is Aruba really working on this case?

Beth Holloway-Twitty is scheduled to speak at several events for Victims Awareness Week that begins this Sunday. I am praying that she will be strong and able to carry on these obligations as these new developments continue in Aruba. I'm proud of Beth and Dave Holloway for all the things they are doing to help others. If you get a chance, pick up Dave's new book title Aruba. With the grace of God, you two will not have to wait much longer for the answer to Natalee's fate.

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Related Article - Cleveland Dot Com

Mother of girl missing in Aruba preaches safety
Friday, April 21, 2006
Karen FarkasPlain Dealer Reporter

Green -- The message on how to stay safe when traveling was familiar to most Green High School students Thursday but the messenger brought many to tears and all to a standing ovation.
"I can't save Natalee," said Beth Holloway Twitty, whose daughter disappeared almost 11 months ago while on a trip to Aruba. "It's too late for me, too late for Natalee, but it's not too late for you."
Twitty, who became nationally known as she led the search for her missing daughter, is traveling the country to promote her new nonprofit organization, the International Safe Travels Organization.

Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared May 30, days after she graduated from high school near Birmingham, Ala. She was on a school-sponsored senior trip. She was last seen getting into a car with three men after spending an evening at a bar with friends.
"She never saw this coming and was blindsided," Twitty said. "Natalee had a false sense of security. She was among many friends and let her guard down for just a moment. In that moment, she vanished."
The three men were arrested and later released, although Twitty still considers one a major suspect. Last weekend, police arrested a fourth man, a 19-year-old, and continued to search offshore.
Twitty said the man in custody was not anyone the family discussed as a suspect with officers. She said she doesn't know if charges will be filed.
"Natalee was kidnapped, raped and most likely murdered," she said. "What happened to her could happen to anyone in this room."
Her presentation Thursday afternoon, which was also scheduled for last night and today at the University of Akron, Portage Lakes Career Center and Coventry High School, began with a moving video tribute to Natalee. The 600 juniors and seniors were silent as Twitty walked across the darkened stage, lighted by a spotlight.
She gave a synopsis of events, describing her frustration as she dealt with Aruba officials. She spoke of her problems coping with language barriers, Dutch law, the inability to get search warrants and officials' denial of how officials denied -RD%>the existence of crack houses and brothels. She searched many of them for Natalee, she said.
She said youths need a safety plan wherever they are and they have to watch out for themselves. They should carry cell phones and, if out of the country, make sure they can make international calls, which she regrets not arranging for Natalee, who left her phone in her room.
"Whether in a mall or outside the U.S., you're the only one who can save yourself," she said. "The best way I can honor Natalee is to share this information."
A Web site is under construction,, and will include information for students and parents on more than two dozen popular tourist destinations.
"For the past 11 months I've been living every parent's worst nightmare," she said. "I don't know what happened, where she is or if she's alive. It doesn't look good."


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