The father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, featured in a new TV series, was questioned by a public prosecutor after the father claimed he found human remains.
Dave Holloway, the dad, said in a series of TV interviews this week that he found remains—bones—in Aruba, where his daughter went missing in 2005, before he submitted them for DNA testing.
“When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked,” Holloway said Wednesday, Aug. 16, on the “Today” show. Holloway and private investigator TJ Ward are subjects of a new TV series.
Aruba Public Prosecutor Dorean Kardol told left-leaning HuffPost on Friday that “no human remains were found” in the area that the girl’s father singled out.
“During an investigation by police in an area indicated by Mr. Holloway, we found remains, but they were found to be from animals,” Kardol said.
The 18-year-old girl disappeared in May 2005 during a trip to celebrate her graduation from high school. She has never been seen again and her body was never found.
Classmates said that she was spotted with Dutch national Joran van der Sloot before her disappearance. He is now serving time in a Peruvian prison for the 2010 murder of Peruvian business student Stephany Flores Ramírez.
The new TV show, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” is slated to premiere Saturday on the Oxygen network.
“Natalee was an all-American kid,” her father said in the trailer. “Straight A student. Very pretty girl. Had her life and goals already planned out. She was going to go to the University of Alabama with a scholarship … You know, her goal was to be a pediatrician and there’s no doubt in my mind that if this haven’t happened in Aruba, we’d be calling her Dr. Holloway … And in a blink of an eye, all those hopes and dreams were gone forever.”
Holloway added that the remains were taken to the United States for DNA testing.”They are in the testing process,” he told HuffPost.
“It could be her remains, the definitive thing would be doing the DNA tests,” Dr. Michael Baden, the New York City ex-chief medical examiner, told Fox News of the finding. “Assuming it’s human,” Baden added, “we would know immediately. It [also] depends on which bones they have.”
According to the father, Van der Sloot allegedly confessed to his friend.
“They lived together for several months and during those months, Joran shared a lot of information with him that is not public knowledge. … And that’s one of the reasons we pursued this,” Dave Holloway said, per Fox News.