Ten years have passed since Natalee Holloway disappeared during a graduation trip to Aruba. The media circus has long since moved on, but her father has continued the search. And he has no intention of stopping until he learns what happened to his daughter.
As CNN reports, Dave Holloway is now investigating a promising new lead that may finally settle the question of what happened to Natalee all those years ago. Though the prime suspect, Joran van der Sloot, is now in a Peruvian prison for the murder of a different girl and most people now assume that Natalee was killed and thrown into the ocean, until there’s a definitive answer, Holloway isn’t ready to let the matter rest.
The new lead that Holloway and private investigator TJ Ward are investigating is actually an old lead. Jurrien de Jong attempted to contact Holloway many years ago with the same story and claims that he saw van der Sloot bury Natalee on a construction site. De Jong’s story reminded Holloway that they had previously ignored the site on the assumption that it was secure.
Though Holloway brushed off de Jong’s earlier call — as it was one of many tips he was receiving at the time claiming to know where Natalee was — this time the man’s story gave him pause. De Jong has since passed a voice analysis test and Holloway says he’s trying not to put all of his hopes in the new lead.
“I want to believe it, but I don’t want to get myself into a situation where I put all the marbles into this story and then it doesn’t pan out and then I’m in a situation mentally where it’s going to take a while to get over,” he told CNN.
Holloway acknowledges that the people of Aruba probably want this story to go away, but says that he will never stop looking for his daughter, who he thinks about, “every day.”
He says, “As a parent you’ll never stop. Never. I mean, your child is off in a foreign country and you want to bring her back home, and I’ve got the means and the ability to go down there and check and do it, and if I’m willing and able to do it, then I always will.”