The Natalee Holloway Case was one of the most infamous and nationally covered cases in the US. This case is still remaining a missing persons case and has had no develops since she was last seen in 2005. She has been missing for 15 years and there has been no updates to her case as of today. Here is the case on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
May 26, 2005, a group of 124 students and 7 adult chaperones travel and arrive in Aruba for a graduation celebration. Among the 124 students, Natalee Holloway was one of them.
On May 29,2005, Holloway meets Joran Van Der Sloot at a restaurant and nightclub called, Carlos’n Charlie’s in Oranjestad. Her classmates last seen her getting into a car, a gray Honda, with Joran and his brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. Nobody knew that was the last time she would be seen.
On May 30, 2005 when the group was scheduled to fly home, Holloways friends are unable to locate her in their hotel, her passport and bags remain untouched in her room. Learning of their daughters disappearance, Beth and Jug Twitty immediately flew to Aruba and within a couple hours, the parents and police had learned that Holloway was last seen with Van Der Sloot, the night manager at the hotel was able to provide these details and tell who the man was on the video.
When police questioned Joran Van Der Sloot, he initially denied knowing Natalee Holloways at all, but then changed his story saying that they drove her to the California Lighthouse area on Arashi Beach to see the sharks but dropped her off at the hotel at 2AM. He even went as far as promising to point out the security guard who supposedly helped her inside, but was unable to find him.
This was the biggest search and rescue effort in Aruba’s History. Hundreds of volunteers searched the island of Natalee Holloway but nobody could find her, the Aruba government even gave thousands of civil servants the day off of their normal duties to help search for the teen. Even more, the banks raised $20,000 to provide aid to the search teams.
After Van Der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers all claimed they last saw Holloway with a security guard, 2 former security guards were arrested by the Aruban police on June 5th, but that’s not all who was arrested, on June 9th, Van Der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were also arrested.
On June 14th, Van Der Sloot’s home was searched and investigators seized two vehicles, computers and cameras.
Why was Van Der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers arrested? Did the security guards tell something while they were being interrogated that didn’t match the story that the 3 men told?
On June 18th, both former security guards were released with no charges filed, but one security guard had crucial information that he disclosed to the police. He told police that one of the Kalpoe brothers had told him that they hadn’t taken Natalee to the hotel, but that him and his brother left her with Van Der Sloot at the beach near the hotel.
On June 22nd, Joran Van Der Sloot’s father, Paulus was arrested but was released on June 26th. Satish Kalpoe had told police that he had lied to them and that Deepak and him had dropped Joran and Natalee off at the hotel. Deepak agreed with Satish’s story but a gardener gave a statement that he saw all 3 men in a car at 2:30 AM.
So its pretty much just lies after lies with these boys. They have changed their story now multiple times so what was the actual story?
Van Der Sloot eventually agreed with the Kalpoe brothers that he and Natalee were dropped off at the beach but he never harmed her, but instead left her alone on the beach, but then changed his story later saying he was dropped off at home and the Kalpoe brothers drove off with Holloway.
Police just wasn’t buying that story, they told Vanity Fair, “This lastest story [came] when [Van der Sloot] saw the other guys, the Kalpoes, were kind of finger-pointing in his direction, and he wanted to screw them also, by saying he was dropped off. “But that story doesn’t check out at all. He just wanted to screw Deepak. They had great arguments about this front of the judge. Because their stories didn’t match. This girl, she was from Alabama, she’s not going to stay in the car with 2 black kids. WE believe the second story, that they were dropped off by the Marriott.”
When police checked the footage from the Hotel Lobby security camera, Holloway never appeared on any nighttime footage, however, Holloways mother, Twitty has made statements saying as to whether the cameras were actually operational that night. But formed police commissioner said that Holloway would not have to go through the lobby to return to her room.
On July 4th, a judge orders the release of the Kalpoe brothers but the judge also stated that Joran Van der Sloot would be held for another 60 days, with no reason given.
On July 17, they found a piece of duct tape on the Aruba’s northeast cost and they found a blonde hair, they immediately began to think the blonde hair was Holloways, they sent the hair sample to the FBI crime lab in Virginia, which on July 28th returned a negative match to Holloway.
On July 26 though, they got a unusual tip for a gardener who claimed to have seen Van der Sloot and the Kalpoes digging next to the Mariott hotel, so authorities started draining the pond but abandoned effort on July 30.
Why would they give up? What made them give up? Was it taking too long? Did they get other intel? Why would you stop?
On September 3, 2005, everybody is shocked at what happens next, one week after the Kalpoe brothers were re-arrested, the brothers AND Van der Sloot were released from prison on the condition they have to remain available to police.
In a lengthy interview, Joran Van der Sloot, talked with Greta Van Susteren from March 1-3, 2006. Van der Sloot recounts the details of the time he spent with Holloway, he explained her drinking at the bar to leaving her on the beach alone, and also addressing some of his unusual elements of the story as to why his shoes were missing that night.
But on November 21, 2007, guess who is arrested again? You guessed it, Van Der Sloot is apprehended in the Netherlands where he was attending school and the Kalpoe brothers were arrested in Aruba. Why were they arrested though? It was to have been believed the police had “new incriminating evidence.” But the evidence fails to move the case forward and all 3 men are released by December 7th.
On February 3, 2008, now this almost 3 years later, in a broadcast with a Dutch reporter Peter R. de Vries, setup a hidden-camera and Van der Sloot tells an associate that Natalee had collapsed when they were on the beach and he was unable to revive her and he had a “friend” help dispose of her body buy using a boat. But of course, after Van der Sloot was made aware that his alleged confession was recorded he insists that he was lying. Well of course he was.
On March 29,2010, something new happens though. Van der Sloot send an email to Twitty’s lawyer, offering to reveal the location of Natalee’s body in exchange for $25,000 upfront and another $225,000 to come. Of course the lawyer agrees as they just want to find Natalee and he relays the information to the FBI.
But on May 10, 2010, after the lawyer takes $10,000 to a meeting with Van der Sloot in Aruba, the information leads the way to a house and says his father buried Natalee in its foundation. And on that day another $15,000 was wired to his back account in the Netherlands, but Van der Sloot later admits to the lawyer that he had been lying once again and he took the money to Peru to part take in a poker tournament. Are you serious? How many times has the kid lied to everybody?! Is he a pathological liar? Or does he just like to get everybody’s hopes up and then when he gets what he wants he recants his story?
So now, we are 5 years after Natalee Holloway has disappeared and guess who is arrested on murder charges, not for Natalee Holloway but for a 21 year old female named Stephany Ramirez, that’s right, you guessed it, Joran Van der Sloot. He left instructions that forbid the hotel staff from entering his room.
June 3, 2010, Van der Sloot was arrested in Chile, he was found in a taxi near the coast he was taken back to Lima and held in a high security prison.
Remember when Van der Sloot sent that email saying he would give the details of Natalee’s body if he would receive $250,000 from the family. Well, on June 27, 2010, he was indicted on a federal investigation for wire fraud and extortion but police said there wasn’t “sufficient evidence” for the indictment. Are you kidding me? They have the email, how is that not “sufficient evidence?”
On January 11, 2012, Van der Sloot pleads guilty to the murder of Ramirez. He stated in court, “I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad.”
Natalee’s father decided on January 12, 2012, against his ex-wife’s wishes, Holloways is formally declared dead by an Alabama Judge.
Joran Van der Sloot is sentenced to 28 years in prison for the murder of Ramirez. And was ordered to pay $75,000 in reparations to the victims family.
With Natalee Holloway still missing, the family remains hopeful that Van der Sloot will face punishment in the US, but learned later on that the convicted murderer wont be extradited for another 25 years.
Hopefully anybody that has clues will contact the police so the family can finally have closure after 15 years of Natalee missing and this family can finally rest in peace.