There could soon be a long-awaited crack in the case surrounding Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager who disappeared 12 years ago while on vacation in Aruba.
The shocking new developments came when authorities recently discovered human remains behind a home in the Caribbean island.
The remains are currently being tested and that process could take months to complete. The New York Post has more about the tragic, ongoing story and the developments that are making headlines around the globe:
Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man the teen was last seen with outside a bar, is serving a 28-year sentence in a Peru jail for killing business student Stephany Flores — a killing that came five years to the day after Natalee’s disappearance.
In March 2016, van der Sloot appeared to have made a shocking confession to an undercover reporter about having murdered Natalee.
[Holloway’s dad, Dave Holloway] said the investigation led them to an informant known as “Gabriel,” who lived with a friend of van der Sloot, and eventually, to the remains.
Dave Holloway said that the informant took him and investigators to the location where the remains were found and that they then sent them out for testing.
He’s hopeful that this could be a much-needed break in the unsolved mystery.
“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,” he told “Today” on Wednesday morning.
Holloway’s mom, Beth, has described in the past the harrowing ordeal she and the family went through in the wake of her daughter’s disappearance, telling CBN about an emotional moment she experienced days after the teen went missing.
The grieving mom recalled findng herself frustrated and in emotional pain as she prayed before a row of crosses.
It was when she reached the fifth cross that she said God gave her peace.
“Complete peace blanketed me. It’s a familiar feeling yet unknown to me like this before,” she told CBN. “And in this instant I knew that Natalee is with God.”
Prayers up to the Holloways as they wait to find out whether they’ll receive some closure in the case.
(H/T: New York Post)