12 years later, a major breakthrough in the case of Natalee Holloway (video)

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The father of Natalee Holloway, the 18-year-old girl who disappeared in 2005 while on vacation in Aruba, said on Wednesday that with the help of an investigator, he has found human remains behind a house.

Holloway’s case remains open 12 years after she disappeared, but a renewed 18-month probe by her father, Dave Holloway, and investigator T.J. Ward has led to their uncovering of the human remains. They duo said on NBC’s “Today” they are awaiting DNA testing to see if they are a match with the Alabama girl.

“When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked,” Holloway told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. “I know there’s a possibility this could be someone else, and I’m just trying to wait and see.”

While no one has been charged there is a prime suspect: Dutchman Jordan van der Sloot. He was last seen with Holloway outside a bar before her disappearance and is currently serving a 28-year sentence in a Peru jail for killing business student Stephany Flores exactly five years after the death of Holloway. Dave Holloway said an informant who knew a friend of van der Sloot gave them the lead they needed.

“[He] had information that took us to a spot where remains were found. And we took those remains and had those remains tested,” Holloway said. “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.”

Ward and Holloway are taking part in a new TV series, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” which premieres this weekend on the Oxygen network.

 

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