November 16th, 2010
09:01 PM ET

Bone found in Aruba to be tested in Holloway case

A jawbone found on an Aruban beach will undergo forensic testing to determine whether it is human and, if so, whether it belongs to Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, last seen on the island in 2005, authorities said Tuesday.

Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken said a part of the bone was sent to the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands.

It will be analyzed to determine whether it belongs to an animal or human, he said. If it is human, authorities will attempt to find out whether it belongs to Holloway.

"They are testing for a DNA match," said Blanken.

Investigators could know as early as Wednesday whether the bone belongs to an animal or a human, he added.

Inge Oevering, a spokeswoman for the forensic institute, said the length of testing will depend on the condition of the material, but it normally takes about a week.

The institute's findings will be sent back to the prosecutor's office, which will decide whether to make the results public, she said. Oevering declined to provide a description of the material.

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  1. vivian

    why is her picture if related.... if they don't even know if it's human? This is misleading to the average person...hum?

    November 17, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan Thomas

    I'm hoping the bone is hers. So the family can have some peace. Or maybe Mr. Loverboy Sloot will open his mouth!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard in Texas

    Vivian, misleading to you maybe but the story is in relation to her. The question is if the jawbone is hers. Your comment suggest that CNN should have used a picture of jawbone instead of her. Show some sensitivity.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. seattle

    Who are these people who found this bone? It sounds like a sick hoax to me. I'm glad no one is giving them air time–Just this announcement is a little much with no verification of anything.

    November 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charna

    It seems to me that there is so many questions to ask about other cases that we still dont have answers and then another case comes up like the dna for the jawbone for natalie whats going on with zahara's dad and step mom's and then what happen to kyron nothing with that and then with the kaylee MISTY AND NOW WE HAVE THE FAMILY AND THE body's and dog found in a tree we need some info on these cases as well

    November 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. selina markie

    ok so they just determinded that the bones do not belong to holloay then who do these remains belong to then?

    November 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |