November 23rd, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Jawbone in Aruba doesn't belong to Natalee Holloway

Tests were done to see a bone that was found was human -- and if it was a match to Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m.] A portion of a jawbone recently found on a beach in Aruba is human - but is not Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who was last seen on the island in 2005, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities said dental records used to compare the small amount of the DNA on the bone did not match. Solicitor General Taco Stein said there was a molar present in the jawbone and dental records determined Holloway had her molars taken out - ruling out the possibility that the bone was a part of her remains.

"Based on dental records, it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came from Natalee Holloway," the Aruban Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Stein also added that officials had "no new leads" in the Holloway case.

The tests, conducted at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, were to first determine whether the jawbone found on an island beach is that of a human or that of an animal. If the bone is human, authorities said, they would attempt to determine through DNA testing if it belonged to Holloway. The Alabama 18-year-old was last seen on the island in 2005.

Holloway's dental records were sent to the forensic institute last week, according to the FBI.

Part of a jawbone with a tooth was found earlier this month by an American tourist near the Phoenix Hotel, a large resort on the western side of the island, Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken said. Contacted by CNN, the hotel referred questions to local authorities.

The prosecutor said the bone was initially examined by a forensic expert in Aruba, who determined it was from a young woman. But Blanken cautioned the final determination would be made by the forensic institute.

Also on Monday, police collected a second bone that was found earlier this month on the beach by a New Jersey family, said Ana Angela, spokeswoman for Aruban prosecutors.



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  1. TeeJay

    VanderSloot is a murderer. His father helped cover it up. How many prosties and runaways did he kill before Natalee? Oh yeah, he is also an extortionist and an all around POS. He is a pathological liar, and thinks he is above the law, and it appears his parents encouraged this. Sick family!

    November 24, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    some emo kid and Alien8 are my new idols! And Dutch needs to put his aluminum foil cap back on....

    November 24, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lou

    For anyone who thinks the bone can only belong to Natalie, read her mothers book. After the way they were treated and the fact the the "powers that be" subsidize crackheads you will come to realize it could be ANYONE'S bones. They are an honest mexico. Sad book but eye opening. Good read.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lou

    Hey greencastle, these people got DNA. Whats with this pre-columbian erosion lost peoples crap you are babbling about. Good God. They aren't ghetto forensic scientists, they are European. Take Star Wars off pause and log off Dork! Damn! Theres ALWAYS at least one "Greencastle" per blog, right!?

    December 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lou

    Aruba is a 33 km-long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 27 km north of the coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pooja

      I agree even though it was one of their own estallites it still remains a threat. GPS is the most likely suspect that they would take out if they attacked Taiwan. They can't really take out the Internet since they relied on it as much as we do. And I doubt they will attack us because we still owe them allot of money

      March 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shannon

    I remember when Natalies case first started,there was a lot of talk about the Party Boat. Then all of the sudden,it was not spoken of anymore. I believe in my heart that this is where it all took place and they disposed of her body while they were in the ocean. Does anyone have an input on this, or can you remember what kind of evidence was ever provided from the party boat. I remember them talking about 3 or 4 men, Joran included, boarding this boat with Natalie. This is just something I have never heard what the outcome was and was wondering if anyone had any information.

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  8. why?

    who is baez representing? isnt he under supicious behavior bc his wife came up missing in aruba maybe it could be her

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  9. erin kent

    i personally will always believe she was sold into slavery and its possible she may still be alive but not likely

    January 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
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