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    2 Detained in Aruba in Missing Teen Case

    2 Detained in Aruba in Missing Teen Case

    By PEDRO FAMOUS DIAZ
    Associated Press Writer
    Posted June 5 2005, 12:20 PM EDT

    SAN NICOLAS, Aruba -- Authorities in Aruba detained two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, who went missing nearly a week ago while on a high school graduation trip, the attorney general said.

    Caren Janssen called the men "suspects" in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, but declined to provide further details. The men, who were not among the three described Saturday by police as "persons of interest," were being interrogated Sunday morning.

    Investigators also seized three cars and were conducting forensic tests on them, Janssen said.

    "We are at this moment right in the middle of the investigation," Janssen later told CNN. "There may be others involved. I can't tell you the details why they are suspects. That would be damaging" to the investigation.

    She would not say whether the suspects had provided information about Holloway's whereabouts. A reward of about $50,000 is being offered for her safe return.

    "We are continuing the search for the missing girl," Janssen said.

    The men could be charged later Sunday, she said. Suspects in the Dutch Caribbean island can be detained without charge for 48 hours, and then a judge must determine whether their detention is legal.

    Twenty police officers and FBI agents, who are playing a supportive role in the investigation, took the two men -- ages 30 and 28 -- into custody at two different houses in the southeastern town of San Nicolas, according to an AP photographer at the scene. More than a dozen FBI agents were on the island assisting in the investigation.

    Police knocked on the door of one house, put the suspect on the floor and handcuffed him. Officers later detained a second man. They both were led to an unmarked police car and taken away. Police also left the premises with bags holding unidentified items.

    Neighbors described the men as security guards who worked at a hotel closed down for renovation near where the teen was staying at the Holiday Inn. Police and FBI agents searched the hotel Saturday.

    Deputy police chief Gerold Dompig confirmed that the suspects were security guards.

    Holloway's uncle, Paul Reynolds, who came from Houston to help with the search, said he hoped the detentions would help investigators.

    "Of course I'm excited about any developments," he said.

    Holloway was on a five-day excursion with 124 seniors and several chaperones from Mountain Brook High School, near Birmingham, Ala. She spent the last night of her vacation eating and dancing at Carlos 'N Charlie's bar and restaurant on this Dutch Caribbean island. Holloway was last seen early May 30.

    She did not show up for her return flight, and police found her passport in her hotel room with her packed bags.

    Authorities have checked out several reported sightings of the 5-foot-4-inch blonde, all to no avail.

    Hundreds of Arubans and American residents have joined the hunt, upset that Holloway's disappearance could mar the image of this tranquil island. About 500,000 Americans visited Aruba last year, lured by turquoise waters and people brimming with smiles and helpful tips for foreigners.

    Posters with Holloway's photo, reading "kidnapped," have gone up across the tiny island.

    The Aruban government and local tourism organizations have offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Holloway's rescue. Her family and benefactors in Alabama have offered another $30,000.

    The coast guard in Aruba and nearby Dutch territories were searching surrounding waters, but the search did not extend to Venezuela, whose coastline is less than 20 miles from Aruba, or the neighboring Dutch island of Curacao.

    Holloway's disappearance has shaken a sense of safety many Arubans took for granted in an island of 72,000 people that saw one murder and six rapes last year. This year, there have been two murders and three rapes, police said.

    Holloway, a straight-A student, had earned a full scholarship at the University of Alabama and planned to study premed, Reynolds said. He described his niece as a levelheaded girl who would not have done anything rash, although he also said she had an almost childlike side, too.

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    Authorities have checked out several reported sightings of the 5-foot-4-inch blonde, all to no avail.




    I guess you must be a white woman or child to make the news if you are missing..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by DreadJockey
    Authorities have checked out several reported sightings of the 5-foot-4-inch blonde, all to no avail.




    I guess you must be a white woman or child to make the news if your missing..........
    Especially a white american....

    I only hope the government of Aruba makes it a point to routinely offer $20,000 rewards in the case of missing persons on the island....

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    I was so suprised when i hear the FBI land there so quick...Army rangers coming soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bake n Shark
    Especially a white american....

    I only hope the government of Aruba makes it a point to routinely offer $20,000 rewards in the case of missing persons on the island....
    ah doh tink dem every had a missing person

    first thing i ask is how someone can go missing on dat island... they ain't no place to hide a dog much less a human.... i guess they throw her in de sea in de north.

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    well dis is what u seeing pun international news media


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    hmm you kno something just funny.. i waiting to hear what this conservatives on talk radio have to say.. i bet dey going to link dis sh!t to giving aid to foreign countries.. nuh worry bout no FBI.. dey cannah find sh!t in de states is abroad dey will find

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    Alabama Trini---------Boy we ent hearing from you at all.

    De missing white guyl---yuh know she?

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    lol mara


    well here is de update
    Aruba decide to let workers go home early to help in the search *eyeroll*



    Volunteers Look for Missing Teen in Aruba By MICHAEL NORTON, Associated Press Writer
    Mon Jun 6,10:51 PM ET



    ORANJESTAD, Aruba - About 700 volunteers joined police, soldiers and FBI agents on Monday, combing scrubland and beaches on Aruba's southeastern tip in an unprecedented search for an Alabama teenager who vanished a week ago on a trip to the Dutch Caribbean island.

    Aruba's government let 4,000 civil servants off work early at 2 p.m. to hunt for Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. The expanded search began a day after police charged two men in her disappearance.

    The honors student vanished May 30 while on a five-day trip with more than 100 classmates celebrating their high school graduation. Seven chaperones accompanied them.

    Kenneth Angela and three co-workers from Aruba's lottery company were among the hundreds who boarded 10 buses in the community of Santa Cruz, about six miles from the capital, Oranjestad, to be taken to the search site.

    "It's the first time Aruba has done such a big search," said Angela, a 31-year-old lottery supervisor. "We want to keep Aruba's name good. That's why we're here, to help find Natalee."

    The initial idea for the search called for an islandwide effort, but later changed focus to the southeastern area of Seroe Colorado and part of San Nicolas, police commander Judy Hassell said. San Nicolas is where authorities arrested the two men who were charged in the case.

    Hassell said Aruba's 74 square miles, slightly larger than Washington, D.C., made a full search of the island impractical. "We're going to do as much as we can," he said.

    One of several search parties scoured barren terrain spotted with sequoia cactus, prickly pear and sea grass in view of Valero oil refinery. A helicopter hovered overhead. Other groups searched abandoned houses, remote roads and bushes. Lizards skittered across their paths.

    Some of the volunteers were tourists, including Bill and Sarah Wise, both 22, of Cleveland. "We couldn't leave without trying to help a fellow American," Bill Wise said.

    Sarah Wise said the case touched her because she and Holloway are about the same age. "It could be me," she said.

    Hassell said she asked the Justice Ministry for permission to conduct another big search Tuesday but had not yet received permission.

    The coast guard said Aruba's shoreline already had been searched on foot, by boat and helicopter, but the new search was more thorough.

    Holloway's disappearance has shaken the sense of security many of Aruba's 97,000 people took for granted. Only one murder and six rapes were recorded last year. So far this year, there have been two murders and three rapes on the island, where the average annual income is a comfortable $22,000.

    The two suspects, aged 28 and 30, were arrested in a raid before dawn Sunday. Police said the men work as security guards. Neighbors said the pair served as guards at a hotel under renovation near the one where Holloway stayed.

    Aruba officials declined to provide specific charges, saying the case will go before a judge by Tuesday to determine whether the men can be legally held. Authorities had not found any of Holloway's belongings at the suspects' homes.

    Authorities impounded three vehicles and took bags of items from the two homes. An eight-member team of FBI agents supporting the investigation will help perform forensic testing, police said.

    Police spokesman Edwin Comemencia said authorities had not ruled out the possibility that other people were involved. The two men in custody were not among three others described Saturday by police as "persons of interest."

    Authorities declined to comment whether there was a relationship between the suspects and other three, earlier described as students two Surinamese and a native of the Netherlands who told police they dropped off Holloway at her hotel around 2 a.m. on May 30. Hotel employees, however, say that security cameras did not record her return.

    The night she disappeared, Holloway went to a beach concert and then ate and danced at Carlos' n Charlie's bar and restaurant. She did not show up for her return flight hours later, and police found her passport in her hotel room with her packed bags.

    Police are investigating three main theories: Holloway was kidnapped; she went off on her own a possibility her relatives discount; or that she had come to harm.

    It was not clear if Holloway had been drinking the night of her disappearance, though her relatives say she does not party much, is achievement-oriented and a straight-A student who had earned a full scholarship to study a premedical course at the University of Alabama. Her hotel, the Holiday Inn, is right on the water.

    The Aruba government and local tourism organizations have offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Holloway's rescue. Her family and benefactors in Alabama have offered $30,000 in addition.

    I agree with trini baje.this country is probably 1/2 the size of central park.How hard can it be to locate her?

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    uuummm....not to say anything bad about the girl..but why is it that everytime someone goes missing they decide to put in.."this honors student" if a person is missing does it matter if they had honors in school or not. Is stuff like that that really bothers me about the media. Just because a person has good grades that doesn't make them a saint. I don't ever recall a case where a black child or woman was reported missing and it got all of this attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taina
    uuummm....not to say anything bad about the girl..but why is it that everytime someone goes missing they decide to put in.."this honors student" if a person is missing does it matter if they had honors in school or not. Is stuff like that that really bothers me about the media. Just because a person has good grades that doesn't make them a saint. I don't ever recall a case where a black child or woman was reported missing and it got all of this attention.
    You know it! There goes tourism in Aruba!

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    Hope they find her alive but at this point chances look slim. They'll heighten security on the island and probably lower prices, so at least my honeymoon will be safer and probably cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahpikne
    You know it! There goes tourism in Aruba!

    hhhmmmm that's crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RotiKing2004eva
    Hope they find her alive but at this point chances look slim. They'll heighten security on the island and probably lower prices, so at least my honeymoon will be safer and probably cheaper.

    that's were u guys are going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taina
    uuummm....not to say anything bad about the girl..but why is it that everytime someone goes missing they decide to put in.."this honors student" if a person is missing does it matter if they had honors in school or not. Is stuff like that that really bothers me about the media. Just because a person has good grades that doesn't make them a saint. I don't ever recall a case where a black child or woman was reported missing and it got all of this attention.
    Thats was my point excatly

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