Crime

Bone Found in Aruba; Is it Natalee Holloway's?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Forensics experts in Aruba are testing a bone found on a beach to see if it came from missing American teenager Natalee Holloway. If it is indeed Natalee's it would be the first piece of evidence that she is dead.

The 18-year-old disappeared in 2005 while on a high school graduation trip to the island, There has been no trace of her ever since.

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The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that tourists found the bone last Friday. The newspaper reported it was a human lower jaw bone, but Netherlands Forensic Institute spokeswoman Inge Oevering. said the bone is still being analyzed to determine if it is human. If it is, a DNA test will be done to see if it is Natalee's.

Joran van der Sloot has long been suspected of being involved in Natalee's death. The two were seen together the night she disappeared. Over the years, van der Sloot has told people he was indeed involved, but then retracted those statements.

Among his stories: Natalee accidentally fell from a balcony and that he dumped her body in a swamp. Another time, he told an undercover reporter she died unexpectedly while they were kissing and he dumped her body in the ocean.

An admitted pathological liar, van der Sloot is being held in Peru for allegedly killing a young woman there.