The new lead that has recently come to light in the Natalee Holloway case seems to gain more and more credibility. A man has come forward, claiming to be an eyewitness to Natalee’s murder in 2005. This new lead by Jurrien de Jong is the latest in a long list of false eyewitness reports, but Natalee’s father, Dave, is following the new lead in the case until he is able to ascertain the truth.
Jurrien claims that he saw the high school senior, who was in Aruba on a graduation trip, with Joran van der Sloot in the midst of a new construction site that is now a Marriott. Van der Sloot is not new to the case. He has been a prime suspect in the case since Natalee’s disappearance. According to CNN, Jurrien saw the couple sneak into the area and disappear from his view. A few moments later, van der Sloot returned, carrying Natalee’s limp body. Her father describes the scenario as told to him by the eyewitness.
“[Jurrien de Jong] says that a car pulls up and Joran and Natalee get out of the vehicle. This is on May 30, (2005) and this vehicle pulls into the parking lot at the Marriott hotel, and you can see a construction site and you can see the Holiday Inn … and this area is enclosed with a chained fence. He says that Natalee says, ‘Well the gate’s locked,’ and (Van der Sloot) says something about, ‘Well I know a trick,’ and somehow he, I guess, unwraps the chain and they go in …”
“Then he sees them go across the construction site, and they get up on the platform, which I presume to be the foundation of the Spyglass Tower, and they run up to an area that’s got half of a stairway built and they go up that and he loses sight of them. Then, approximately five minutes later he says they emerge with Joran carrying Natalee in his arms and apparently he knew that she was not living. He put her down on the concrete slab and then jumped down off of it and put her body down on the ground and then went and dug an opening under the slab and then put her body in it and then covered it back up and walked out.”
This new lead in the case conflicts with a statement from Marriott. The company claims that construction on the new building had not yet begun, so the story could not be true. Local authorities seem disinclined to take the new lead in the case seriously, based on the report from the Marriott. Dave Holloway disagrees, however, as he was in Aruba on June 1 and saw the area.
“I can tell you for a fact. I was there on June 1, and there was definitely construction in that area. June 1, 2005, because it was all chained up. And that’s one of the areas we never searched because we assumed it’s locked up and secured at all times, and they have construction workers there on site. It was something we assumed that that would never need to be searched and it wasn’t.”
Surprisingly, the new lead in the case has seemingly been confirmed by images from Google Earth, which show unclear images that appear to be a construction site in June 2005, soon after Natalee disappeared. A cadaver dog has been taken to the Marriott, but Holloway has been unable to get access to the area where de Jong claims his daughter is buried.
Though cautious, Dave Holloway plans to follow the new lead in his daughter’s case until he either finds the truth or exposes the lead as bogus.
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