The father of Natalee Holloway, the American teenager who disappeared in Aruba 12 years ago, revealed that he and a private investigator recently discovered human remains behind a house on the island.
Dave Holloway and investigator T.J. Ward told Todaythat during the course of an 18-month investigation they were led to remains which are being DNA tested to determine if they belong to his daughter.
“When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked,” Holloway told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on the program Wednesday. “I know there’s a possibility this could be someone else, and I’m just trying to wait and see.”
Natalee disappeared in 2005 while on a post-graduation trip with friends. The 18-year-old was last seen outside a bar with Joran van der Sloot, who was raised in Aruba.
Van der Sloot has never been charged in Natalee’s disappearance and is currently serving time for killing Peruvian student Stephany Flores.
Holloway said they were led to the remains after an informant put them in touch with someone who allegedly had direct knowledge of Natalee’s disappearance.
“We have a person who states he was directly involved with Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee’s remains,” Holloway told Today. “I thought, you know, there may be something to this.”
Ward and Holloway detail their investigation in a new Oxygen series called The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Holloway said if the remains belong to his daughter, “it would finally be the end.”