Over 12 years after the Alabama teenager suddenly disappeared, authorities have found human remains that may belong to Natalee Holloway.
Natalee was only 18 years old when she went missing while vacationing on the island of Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation in 2005, reports Daily Mail. For over a decade, all efforts to locate the teenager proved futile.
Officials got a new lead after Natalee's father, Dave, received a tip that his daughter could be buried in a park near her hotel, Today reports.
"We did an 18-month undercover investigation with an informant who was friends with an individual who had personal knowledge from Joran van der Sloot," said Dave. "And had information that took us to a spot where remains were found. And we took those remains and had those remains tested. And they just returned last week they are human remains."
The informant, Gabriel, told Dave that his former roommate's best friend, Joran van der Sloot, buried her body with his father's help.
According to Gabriel, Natalee had choked to death on her own vomit after drinking a beverage spiked with GHB, a date rape drug.
Van der Sloot reportedly ordered two drinks and asked the bartender to "fix it good."
In a clip from the upcoming Oxygen series, "The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway," Gabriel says Natalee began "foaming at the mouth."
"He panicked, he didn't put her on her side or nothing, and she choked on her vomit," claims Gabriel.
"So they grab her and put her in the back of [Van der Sloot's father's] car and they drive her to a park," he adds. "And they pick a spot, puts her in, covers her up and his dad goes: 'Grab that cactus, that will just cover everything up.' And his dad goes: 'Don't you tell nobody. Nobody.' But he told John."
John, who was Gabriel's roommate, then retold the story to Gabriel.
Authorities are now performing DNA tests on the remains. While the results will be released in September, Dave is hesitant to jump to conclusions.
"Throughout this process, over the last 12 years, Matt, we had a number of disappointments," he said in the interview. "I put up a wall, trying to find something that is not going to disappointment."
Still, Dave remains hopeful.
"We've chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I've seen in the last 12 years,'' he said.
Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man, is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for killing another student, Stephany Flores Ramirez, in 2010.