[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.
So you cooked up a story and dropped the six of us in a meat grinder...What happened to you, Dillon? You used to be someone I could trust.
Look, we've been looking for this place for months. My men were in that chopper when it got hit! Hopper's orders were to go in and get my men and he disappeared.
Dutch, I woke up LOL
I heard about this little job you pulled up in Berlin, very nice, Dutch...
Good old days...
Are you one of those internet predators I keep hearing about, mister?
What does that movie have to do with this?
We hit nothing! Whats that red triangle on your forehead?
That one guys name is Taco.
Is anyone surprised. The Dutch will cover this up regardless. The FBI should be intimately involved in this.
He didn't disappear. He was skinned alive!
Aruba is located in Venezuela.
OMG!! Aruba is not located in Venezuela. Please invest in a map!
Sad! Not that I wanted it to belong to Natalee, but that would have brought some peace of mind to the family knowing at least something. Without some proof of death, the mourning lasts a lifetime.
Well, who's jaw bone is it? That family might like to know.
Enough, report real news. This isn't even a story.
Tell her parents it's not 'real news'.
She's your baggage. You fall behind, and you're on your own.
I agree with p.e. davis. The FBI SHOULD have more involvement in this.
Hey Billy, give me a way out of this hole. Aerial says we are cut off.
You should note that Aruba is located in Venezuela.
There you go again. Can you please use Google or something of the like? Aruba is an island colony owned by the DUTCH!!!
WHERE ARE YOU GETTING VENEZUELA???
For the love of God, whose else is it!? Human jaw bones just happen to float up on to the beach. They are still covering up that puke, Vandersloot!
Are you an idiot? Do you honestly believe that there has never been any other missing girls in Aruba? I guess it's impossible for you to think that any local or other tourists have ever been kidnapped or killed. The ocean is a very large place, and although its more likely to have come from the ocean near the beach it was found, it is possible that it came from hundreds or thousands of miles away.
How sheltered is your life to think so close mindedly.
You lose it here and you're in a world of hurt.
NRL- I have a right to post my thoughts on here and don't deserve to be called an idiot. You're the shallow one by negatively commenting on someone's opinion.
Whoever it is, let's assume VdS killed them, too!!
You are both paranoid; there are lots of ways for a jawbone to end up in the ocean. Dumped medical waste, cemeteries washed away by rising water, burials at sea? Lost overboard? There must be fifty ways to lose your . . . liver?
i think if it was her the dutch would say so!! its been five years, i am sure they are anxious for this whole thing to be over. however i have no doubt that Joran van der sloot is responsible for what happened to miss holloway
Maybe you better put her on a leash, agent man.
I am saddened for this family...they have been waiting so long for closier.
She says.. The jungle came alive and took him.
me thinks this Dutch poster needs to up his meds.
@hotheaded – LOL!!
If it not Natalee jaw bones, thier is another murder committied by someone else . Looks like they chop the bodies on boat and go out 25 or 30 miles , dump the pieces for the sharks to eat and then rense the boat with salt water before it comes back to dock and the murder is completed.
I'm scared, Poncho.
That is quite a serial-killer-like method of thinking.
Let's stop fabricating stories, mmkay?
Now they have another murder to investigate.
Like the old one, they just sweep this one under the rug.
When I was little, we found a man. He looked like... like, butchered. The old woman in the village crossed themselves... and whispered crazy things- strange things. "El Diablo cazador de hombres." Only in the hottest years this happens- and this year, it grows hot. We begin finding our men. We found them sometimes without their skins... and sometimes much, much worse. ..."El cazador trofeo de los hombres" means "the demon who makes trophies of men".
so, what other young woman is missing in Aruba? I can't help but think Joran is a POC who may have a long list of women he's murdered...
You can't win this Dillon.
I think that we should put joran in a room drug him up with truth serum, strap him to a chair, get some " tools of the trade" as Bush and get from him where she is. When they told him in jail that they had found a bone he laughed that was news enough that it wasnt her. I think this POS lost his rights a long time ago. We need to take care of this before he is murdered in prison so they can at least find her body. Enough already
That's not your style, Dillon.
When the Little Red Riding Hood went out with the Big Bad Wolf in the middle of the night, you kind of knowing what was going to happen. Her mother never told her not to go out with strangers in the middle of the night.
Like a hunter...
So sad. I was kind of hoping it was her so this family can have some closure. Porr thing. God only knows what happened to her.
It's time to let Old Painless out of the bag.
"Based on dental records, it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came from Natalee Holloway," the Aruban Prosecutor's Office siad in a statement.
I know it's a quote but this states that it is from Natalee, when they story I'm assuming is reporting that it is NOT hers, and said is mis-spelled.
I guess I picked up some bad habits from you, now get your people the hell out of here.
to say that something is ruled out means it no longer is in consideration.
to rule out that the bone belonged to natalee hooloway is to rule her out as whom the jaw bone belonged too.