In an interesting turn of events, a new development has been made in Natalee Holloway’s case. In the next hearing scheduled by the Alabama judge, it would be decided whether or not a court order needs to be signed stating Natalee’s death took place more than six years ago after the 18- year old disappeared in Aruba.
The prime impetus behind setting up the hearing was due to Joran Van Der Sloot’s decision to plead guilty on Wednesday. In a confession which could lead to the closure of the case, he confessed having killed the woman. According to his released press statement he said, "Yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely. I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad."
This has not been the first time for Van Der Sloot, who has also confessed to the killing of the 21 year old Stephany Flores, daughter of a prominent Peruvian businessman. Ms. Flores was brutally killed in a Lima hotel in 2010 after a night of wild partying and gambling. Ms. Flores’s murder drew much media attention and shifted the focus on Van der Sloot again who was already under suspicion.
Holloway’s father is requesting a hearing to have Holloway declared dead. Previously the judge Alan King had ruled that Dave Holloway had met the legal presumption of death for his daughter and now it required proof that would confirm that her death did not take place in Aruba. The hearing was scheduled for Thursday so as to give time to anyone to come forward with a confession or evidence.
Natalee Ann Holloway, born on October 21, 1986, mysteriously disappeared on May 30, 2005 while touring Aruba on a graduation trip. Aruba, a Caribbean country within the Kingdom of Netherlands is a tourist destination for many. Natalee, an American student from Mountain Brook, Alabama had recently graduated from Mountain Brook High School on May 24, 2005 when she disappeared. It caused a media frenzy in the U.S with every media channel reporting on her sudden disappearance.
The Holloway family had criticized the Aruban investigators for their lack of progress in the investigation. The family went so far as to boycott Aruba which even won the support of Alabama Governor,but failed to gather any momentum on a larger scale.