Natalee Holloway declared legally dead
Beth Holloway founded the International Safe Travels Foundations after Natalee's disappearance.
January 12th, 2012
04:33 AM ET

Natalee Holloway declared legally dead

[Updated 3:03 p.m.] An Alabama judge Thursday signed an order declaring Natalee Holloway  officially dead.  The teenager disappeared on a trip to Aruba in 2005. Her body has not been found.

[Posted 4:33 a.m.]An Alabama judge will consider a request Thursday to have Natalee Holloway, the teen who went missing in Aruba in 2005, declared dead.

A probate judge may make the decision at a presumption of death hearing at a Birmingham courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Holloway vanished in 2005 while on a graduation trip to Aruba. No one has been charged in the case.

Holloway was 18 when she was last seen in the early hours of May 30, 2005, leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with Joran van der Sloot and two other men.

She was visiting the island with about 100 classmates to celebrate their graduation from Mountain Brook High School in suburban Birmingham.

Van der Sloot was detained twice in connection with Holloway's disappearance but never charged.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him in connection with the killing of a Peruvian woman in 2010.

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  1. Taylor

    Grow up people, obviously you have not been raised by caring parents, nor are you parents due to your ignorant comments!

    January 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Selly

      What about Amanda Knox? When I read this story about Joran Van der Sloot, the Amanda Knox case came to my mind.There are parallels here, in both cases the uscaced used the media to derive benefits for themselves, such as travel for relatives, paid for by the media in exchange for information.It is very likely that Joran Van der Sloot does not walk away this time.It is also likely that Amanda Knox will be convicted for slander. In my opinion, several of the PR players acting for Amanda Knox should also be given the opportunity to prove their claims in court, especially those that are contrary to the court's findings.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. mlr

    I fail to see why people think it is funny that this girl was killed.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charlie

      I agree with you Mir.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    This is pure hell for all. I lost a daughter 8 years ago, and this "closure" is all BS....that said, I hope the family can begin to find someway to make peace with what has happened to them....may Joran rot in the deepest pits of hell for what he has done to the Holloways....

    January 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • loriey

      My heart goes out to you in the the loss of your daughter. No parent should have to every go through the murder or loss of a child. Joran has no soul & therefore feels nothing for anyone but himself.
      He knew Stephany Flores had money in her possession from the gambling tables & he wanted to take that money fm her to continue on his own gambling venture. Sadly Stephany Flores agreed to accompany Joran to his hotel room, and in doing so, her life was taken from her.
      Joran murdered Natalee for unknown reasons, possibly she rebuffed his advances or he thought he could obtain money fm her as well. Sadly Aruba didn't act quicky enough or apply enough pressure for Joran to crumble, since his father protected him.
      My wish would be for Joran to spend 2o to 30 years in the largest Hell hole in Peru.
      God Bless you & your family Michael, I will place your daughter in my prayers.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck Creig

    This is as bad as the O.J Simpson case, actually worse, since Sloot murdered twice. What are you supposed to do when every single living human on Earth KNOWS this kid is guilty and wants him dead, including his own mother, yet because of a failure of the justice system he may just get a couple years in prison? This is when vigilanteism becomes necessary. When the very judge wrapping his own gavel feels sick to his stomach that he cannot impose the correct sentence, because of some legal bureaucratic loophole that has nothing to do with right and wrong. This is when it becomes necessary to take the law into your own hands. When Van Der Sloot FINALLY turns up dead, nobody will say a peep. Well, maybe they'll say "thank you."

    January 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John C.

      Uhhhh.... pretty sure O.J. murdered twice too.

      January 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CarolO

    For 6 years the news has had this girl in the spotlight but there are hundreds out there who can't get one sentence in a local newspaper. I feel bad the girl died but she walked out of a bar in a strange country with 3 men she did not know because she wanted to party. Yet this girl gets more attention that those who did nothing wrong but simply were at the wrong place and the wrong time. She should not have been murdered but she laid the plans for it and the opportunity and it is pretty much known who did it.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mike

    I'm think that it was Van Der Sloot... Please will a good cop sneak into his chamber and torture him for 5 hours then put a bullet in his head. If you guys help tie him down and hand me the knife I'll do it myself.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Steve C

    I always wondered how you could charge someone with murder when no one has been ruled dead, HMMMMMMM?

    January 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • loriey

      Stephany Flores has been dead and buried for several years.....
      Joran hid Natalle's body so well he himself probably cant' remember where it is.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. How is this NEWS?

    How is this NEWS? ...and who cares?

    January 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Enitan

    Again, take the time to do the work of raising your kids with the right values and the probability of them deviating from those teaching and values are very low.

    I am a mother too, and my daughter also went to a Caribbean Island for high graduation celebration. She came back because i did the work of teaching her what could get her in trouble and what will not. Lets call a spade a spade instead of beating around the bush. Nancy Grace, no i am not defending anyone, i am just saying, we need to start taken responsibilities of our parental skills in these country.

    The law of the land is, Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in the court of law, regardless of where they are from, Aruba or the United states.

    The reason for Americas media 6 years Obsession with Juran is blatantly racial. The skin color of the victim.

    If the skin color had been anything but WHITE, we would not be discussing this case in the United States of America 6 years later. What a twist of faith.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Enitan

    Chrissy, i am with you 100%

    Do the work of raising your Kids and they will not get in these types of situation, that might cost them their life, i am a divorce mother too since my daughter was 5 years old, i did the work, i turned down 3 marriage proposals to focus on raising my daughter, she is now a first year student in medical school, the same age as Natalie and was on the same Island.

    I feel sorry, but again why her out all the girls that were on the trip from the same school??

    January 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Alina

    I feel for her family so much. When I was a senior in HS I did the same thing, and I cannot believe HOW STUPID I was back then. 18 year olds should just never be unattended in strange countries, thats that.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. ???

    Aside from this case (out of the nearly seven billion human population), who knows how many people are actually missing in this world, dead or alive, young or old. It is safe to say that we better pay more attention to the big picture so that our feet stay on the ground as our fingers touch the stars; in other words, we do not want to let too much "sentimentalism" (did I spell that right?) get to our heads...

    January 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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