While the remains of a missing Alabama teenager may have been found, according to new revelations by her family and reported by the New York Post, they were grotesquely disguised. Their investigation revealed that the girl’s remains were mixed with those of a dog, to help make identification of the young girl’s body more difficult.
When Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005, while on a graduation trip in Aruba, Dutchman Jordan van der Sloot emerged as a prime suspect. Although he was never charged with her disappearance, Holloway was last seen with him outside a bar. He’s currently serving a 28-year sentence in a Peru jail for killing business student Stephany Flores, five years after Holloway disappeared.
Holloway’s case remains open, but her father, Dave Holloway, said an informant who knew a friend of van der Sloot’s gave him the lead he needed to find his daughter’s remains, with the help of investigator T.J. Ward.
Dave Holloway believes that when his daughter disappeared 12 years ago, her bones were mixed with dog remains to make it difficult to identify her, according to experts from a TV mini-series on the Oxygen network, documenting the investigation.
The series, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” stems from an 18-month probe, which led Dave and Ward to an informant, Gabriel, who reportedly gave them new information about the details surrounding the teen’s death.
Gabriel says van der Sloot “masterminded the operation,” according to the New York Post. Reportedly, he paid a close friend $1,500 to burn Holloway’s remains.
In a “sting operation” shown in the series, that friend, John Ludwick, said: “I can take you where I … I got the remains.”
According to reports, van der Sloot allegedly buried the girl on a steep hill in the desert. He added the dog bones to the girl’s burial site so that authorities would be thrown off, according to Ludwick.
Later, as Ludwick claims, he was paid to take the remains to a crematorium, then scatter the ashes.
“It didn’t happen to my kid,” Ludwig said. “Could have thrown it into the ocean, could have flushed it down the toilet. I don’t give a s–t.”
Allegedly, Holloway was given the date-rape drug GHB and she choked on her own vomit, leading to her death.
Dave Holloway hopes the investigation will lead to criminal charges but says recordings of an unauthorized sting operation may not be admissible in court.
source: New York Post
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