Friday, Aruba’s chief prosecutor Hans Mos said that they will close the case of the missing teenager Natalee Holloway by the end of the year unless his office finds that there is enough evidence to charge someone with a major crime. Mos said that he wouldn’t comment on the type of evidence that the prosecutor’s office is reviewing but that he does not anticipate finding Natalee Holloway’s remains and prosecuting a case is going to be extremely hard without said remains, which throws it back in the lap of Natalee Holloway’s father who is said to be searching in deep sea areas for her remains.
According to CNN, Holloway’s parents did not return multiple messages left at their homes and on cell phones.
Mos said that he and the Holloway family feel pursuing a minor charge would not serve any kind of purpose. Under Aruban law a person convicted of making a body disappear would only server six months in jail.
There is always the tiniest chance that her father along with Texas Equusearch will find the body, at which point the case could be pursued. I, along with many other people, would really like to know what happened.
Commenter Grace made a point a few days ago in that we are all stupid enough to believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty, except in Aruba. She is from Ottumwa, Iowa (according to her IP address) but in comments discusses Aruba and some things that go on there as if she is extremely familiar with the island and it’s inhabitants. She has been defending Joran endlessly in the murder/disappearance and pointing at the Kalpoe brothers.
It very well may be that he had nothing to do with it but the fact is that he has made several different conflicting stories and statements and it’s very clear that even if he didn’t do the deed he knows who did and what happened and that would make him an accessory, at least under our law. If you walk like a duck and quack like a duck you damn sure ain’t a pig.
The search for Natalee Holloway has spanned two and a half years and involved hundreds of volunteers, Aruban soldiers, FBI agents and even F-16s laden with search equipment. Prosecutors in Aruba do not anticipate ever finding Holloway’s remains.
Wyatt Earp over at Support Your Local Gunfighter feels like Hans Mos is not taking the feelings of Natalee’s parents under consideration and that they are not showing any respect for Holloway or her family. I don’t think it’s so much the prosecutor’s office as it is the fact that if they chose to press charges they would end up losing the case, as shown by the fact that at least four different judges felt that the three suspects should be freed last week. I am all for prosecuting them but the fact remains that as Joran van der Sloot’s father told him two years ago, you can’t be convicted without a body.
Mad Cow calls the Aruban authorities are incompetent and wonders if they will ever be held accountable.