Suspects Re-Arrested in Natalee Holloway Case

November 21, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Natalee Holloway, Missing in Aruba

Joren Van der Sloot and two Surinamese friends, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, were re-arrested today by Dutch police regarding their involvement in the death of American teenager Natalee Holloway while she vacationed in Aruba.

As reported by The Herald Bulletin and according to the Aruban prosecutor’s office, Van der Sloot was arrested in the Netherlands, where he attends college, while the Kalpoe brothers were arrested in Aruba. The trio had never been formally cleared of involvement in the case.


Holloway, from Mountain Brook, Alabama, disappeared in May 2005 while on a five-day senior class school graduation trip to the Caribbean island. She was last seen in Deepak Kalpoe’s car near Carlos’n Charlie’s, a tourist-oriented bar in Oranjestad. Van der Sloot, who initially denied knowing Holloway, and Satish Kalpoe were also present. The Kalpoe brothers and van der Sloot were first arrested in June 2005. By September 2005, all three had been released, despite varying stories, including three different versions of events related by van der Sloot. At the time, it was determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

The search for Holloway was intensive and seemingly exhaustive. Holloway’s mother, Beth Twitty (now divorced and known as Beth Holloway), was very vocal in expressing her frustration with the lack of progress in solving her daughter’s disappearance.

Joran van der Sloot Partying with the Kalpoe Brothers

Netherlands police took over the case in September 2006 at Aruba’s request. In April 2007, Dutch and Aruban teams worked together in Aruba. In July, it was announced that Dutch investigators were returning to Rotterdam until at least September. Faux News indicates that the trio may stand trial this year, although that seems implausible. (But then, most stories that Faux News covers seem highly unlikely. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

Saturation news coverage of Holloway’s disappearance led to a firestorm of criticism of news media, with references to the “missing white woman syndrome”: i.e. that missing-person cases involving white women receive far more media attention than do missing cases involving non-white women and men. Holloway coverage was mercifully eclipsed by Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005.

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