Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Missing teen case closed

December 19, 2007


— Prosecutors closed their investigation into the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying Tuesday they still believe three young men were involved in her death but can't prove it after 932 days of searching failed to turn up a body.

The three main suspects in the case were re-arrested last month after prosecutors in Aruba discovered online chat sessions they hoped would break the case open. But none of the men talked in custody, and without the 18-year-old's body, prosecutors said they had no recourse but to close the most notorious missing persons case in the Caribbean.

If the three suspects were put on trial, the lack of evidence "would lead to an acquittal," the Public Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Moving Holloway into the cold-case files "is a tough burden to bear" for her parents, they acknowledged, but the prosecutors said they had little choice.

However, detectives are assigned to review any new information that surfaces in the case, said John Pauly, a communications consultant for the prosecutor's office, in an e-mail sent after the announcement.

Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, the last night of a trip with members of her Mountain Brook, Ala., high school graduating class. She was last seen leaving a bar with the three suspects: Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who all lived on this Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela.

Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, is "terribly disappointed" with Tuesday's decision, her spokeswoman said.

"She was very hopeful the last couple weeks, and she went down there and met with the prosecutor," Sunny Tillman told The Associated Press. "He told her face-to-face that he had new and incriminating evidence, and that made her hopeful."

But the prosecutors' transcripts of the suspects' online chats "didn't have any incriminating points," according to David Kock, an attorney for the Kalpoe brothers. The lawyer said it was fanciful to think of the chats as damning.


Ragingbear 10 years, 5 months ago

In other news, minority teens disappear every day and are ignored by the police and media because, well.. they are minorities.

geekin_topekan 10 years, 5 months ago

Poor little rich girl.Sad when a caucasion girl goes missing after a night of drunken fraternizing in a foreign land with strange European boys. If you believe in God,seems he saw it fit to take her for unknown reasons.Yet,Mom and Dad thought $$$ was the answer.They thought $$$ was more powerful than God.Since they controlled the $$,they controlled God. Perhaps that was the messege?Sent from God? Or dig this> If you believe in a merciful God who knows what tribulations were averted by,what appears to be an evil act?Perhaps it was divine after all? Whichever the case,may poor Nat rest in Peace.She probably has all along.

akt2 10 years, 5 months ago

I agree with b3. Those people couldn't very well wait at home while their daughter was missing in another country. I wouldn't say these people are rich. They have assets and they have friends. They have probably worked hard all of their lives for what they have. Now they are back home, where they will continue to work hard for the rest of their lives, and they will never know what happened to their daughter. At least they have some peace of mind that they did everything possible to find her. What a sad ending.

I agree with the health insurance part too. Part of that could be attributed to spoiling our kids too much. Like the parents in the above story. We send them on trips, pay for their insurance up thru college, help send them to college, buy them cars and clothes, and cell phones (so we know where they are). And then they turn into these young adults with no clue. As for the rest, they are just down right lazy. The pot makes them lazier.

RonaldWilson 10 years, 5 months ago

The Lawrence lefties are the most negative people I've ever encountered. Let's piss and moan because somebody else gets something we don't. Let's complain and offer no solutions. Everyone with money is evil and had to screw somebody to get their money. All white people have it easy. Hey, I'm white and nobody has given me sh!t. I was born with nothing, and have a little more now. I can't help but think, Liberalism is a mental disorder. There is no other explaination.

geekin_topekan 10 years, 5 months ago

The only pissing and moaning Ive heard is from the parents.God forbid this happen to anyone but sue the country of Aruba?I lost sympathy from that point forward.Empathy?Sure.I hope I never experience what they have gone through and I appreciate their pain but good God!Let's lay blame where it's due. Perhaps guilt is their motivation?Leave their daughter alone to drink and die on foreign soil?Look high and low for someone else to place blame on. Greed and envy has nothing to do with it.It's the media's selling out to a rich white people while poor people suffer similar fate every day in AMerica that gripes my cookies. That is my humble opinion.She has died needlessly and presumably wrongly.I can not deny that.The arrogance that was exhibited by the parents was an embarassment to all AMericans and I hope that Aruban's don't judge me because of it.

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