(WSVN) - The father of Natalee Holloway, a woman who went missing in Aruba over a decade ago, revealed that he found human remains on his trip to the country.
The Holloway family has not given up on finding out what happened to their daughter, Natalee Holloway, who traveled to Aruba 12 years ago for spring break and did not return.
Dave Holloway, with the help of a private investigator, found the human remains.
According to Fox News, Dave Holloway said that following a renewed 18-month probe, the remains will be tested to see if they belong to his 18-year-old daughter who went missing on a graduation trip in 2005.
Fox News reports that the DNA test will take several weeks to a month to complete.
A phone call triggered new hope for the family. “This is not a theory, speculation,” Holloway said in an interview. “This is real stuff, and I was hesitant to listen to him at the time, but he said, ‘Give me five minutes. I’ve got information that may be useful in locating your daughter’s remains.'”
The caller, who identified himself as “Gabriel,” claimed to have contact with one of Joran van der Sloot’s friends. Van der Sloot is the Aruban man believed to be the last person who saw Natalee alive.
“I took a few deep breaths, and I said, ‘OK, well, tell me,'” Holloway said. “He started explaining he came in contact with one of Joran’s friends months ago, and over a period of time in that time, he developed some information through that contact that he felt was important.
Holloway’s private investigator, T.J. Ward, said the caller is credible. “Some of the information he is telling me is not public,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out how he knew that, so Dave and I started on this journey quietly, and we started looking into the information he has.”
Together, they uncovered the human remains from the tip the informant gave them. The discovery is now the premise of a new TV series.
Although Van der Sloot was not charged in the teen’s disappearance.
He is currently serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the murder of a business student, Stephanie Flores.
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