The man who made headlines this week about information he claims to have about the Natalee Holloway case has brought the same information to Aruban police before, dating back to 2013, a lead prosecutor in the case said. But the prosecutor refutes the testimony given because the dates and the construction of the posh resort hotel don’t add up.
Jurrien De Jong says he saw Joran Van der Sloot chase Natalee into the building while it was under construction, then emerge with her body only minutes later, and she appeared lifeless. Van der Sloot then slammed her body on the ground and began to dig a hole in the crawlspace of the building, where he then stuffed her body in and covered it back with dirt, according to De Jong. He claims the reason he didn’t come forward at the time, or during the months of heavy media attention and searching for her that followed, is because he was involved in “illegal activities.”
The area that he claims Holloway is buried in is the bottom foundation of what is now the Spyglass Tower of the Marriott on the tourist island. Although the tip initially seemed promising, particularly to Holloway’s father, who flew to Aruba shortly after the new development, prosecutors in the case now say that De Jong cannot be telling the truth. Aruba’s Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof says it can’t be the way De Jong remembers, because the area — which he does confirm to be the Spyglass Tower at Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club Resort — wasn’t under construction in 2005. Natalee disappeared on the night of May 30, 2005.
“It becomes indisputably clear that on the 30th of May 2005, no construction or building activities were started at the location that Mr. De Jong has specifically pointed out as the spot where Natalee Holloway would have been hidden and/or buried.”
Holloway’s father, David Holloway, has long been in dispute with the Aruban officials, and the entire Holloway family has disapproved of the way the case was handled. Van der Sloot, who is not imprisoned for killing another girl abroad, was the son of a popular Aruban judge, and the Holloway family felt that many things did not add up during the investigation.
De Jong had apparently contacted David Holloway directly some time before he went public with the information, and Holloway had a voice analyst listen to his story, who determined that the man was telling the truth. Holloway believes it is very possible his daughter is buried beneath the hotel.
However, police had blocked off the area and were allowing nobody to get close to the area where Natalee’s body is alleged to be. The building would, no doubt, have to be partially deconstructed in order to dig and look for her body, which would require an order from a court. That doesn’t seem likely, considering officials in Aruba don’t believe she is buried there. It also doesn’t seem likely that Holloway’s father is ready to concede defeat. Breaking news says that Joran van der Sloot has called De Jong a “crackhead” and “a f****** liar, a compulsive liar.”
Readers, what is your opinion? Should the building be searched regardless of what Aruban officials say? Do you think De Jong is telling the truth?
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