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. bobby

    Why are there so many mysterious human remains in Aruba? Go to Hawaii instead.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karen

    This is her jawbone. Aruba liars! Dutch government liars! Lies. Lies. Lies. Lies. Lies. The world is SICK OF IT. This is her jawbone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      How do you have such insider knowledge, Karen?

      November 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Um, I guess you were hoping for some closure but I think her dental records proved she didn't have her wisdom teeth...I think her family would be at least as upset as you if that wasn't true!!

      November 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karen

    NOTICE TO ALL TOURISTS IN THAT AREA: If you find bones, take them to the U.S.A. where there will be true test results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      So, if I'm walking around in a foreign country and encounter body parts relevant to a murder, I should pick it up and smuggle it past airport security? I'm not sure what I would tell the TSA as they grope me for smuggling human remains. I don't think you thought this all the way through, Karen.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      ...And if there is a wisdom tooth in that jaw, which the person you are looking for didn't have – what, the US will fake it to get the result you want??

      November 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karen

    Absol, how do you have such other knowledge, Absol?!

    November 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      I claim to have no knowledge. You're the one jumping up and down on silly claims based on no knowledge other than your own prejudice. The only lies here are your own. Think a bit more, Karen.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Shame on all of you who were hoping the the jawbone was Natalie's! Do you really think her parents, while awaiting the DNA results, were sitting around and hoping it was hers? If it was, then it is OVER! If it's not there is still a chance, though probably a small one. If this was your child would you be wishing the DNA matched? I have a daughter and I could say I definitely would not!!

    November 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      I agree wholeheartedly Michael. God bless.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Michael !!!!!!!! Natalee's father knew it was Natalee's jawbone. Are you, "most wise, Michael", going to tell Natalee's father that he hopes she is dead. What an ignorant comment. IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF Natalee is not with us anymore, I then hope closure for the family. Wake up and smell intelligence, Michael.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      The question is NOT how does one know. The question is who LOVES more and who CARES more.

      November 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karen

    Natalee's father knew it was Natalee's jawbone. I know also. Some knowledge is gained thru what you Absol do not seemingly understand. It is Natalee's jawbone. Her father knows. I know. It's her jawbone, and from observing the Aruban government in the past with this IMPORTANT HUMAN LIFE case, we know how they behaved. Look what they did ON THE BEACH after those human remains were found!!!!!! They did nothing to section off that area as a crime scene! HOW PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      I agree, it's an important human life case. Thus, people shouldn't jump to conclusions through their own prejudice. Realistically, I'd leave forensics to identify the jaw rather than some armchair investigator like you, Karen.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JNT

      ok 1. you can BELIEVE or THINK it is her bone but you have no real facts to say it is. 2. the bone was tested against Natalees DNA in the Netherlands, not Aurba. 3. The bone had a wisdom tooth in it. Natalee had her wisdom teeth taken out... who in the world could it be hers? 4. If it was her bone, She deserves to be put to rest and her family to be put at ease in knowing where/what happened to their daughter... why would they fake the results?

      You can have your own opinion but facts are wayyy different than beliefs, Lady

      November 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JNT

    So basically the news stations and reporters ASSUMED that the bone had to be Natalee's and now that they were wrong & such a big deal was made over it- guess what assuming did...

    November 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      Karen seems to think otherwise.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lorin

    Michael- I think everyone is just hoping for closure for this poor family. They have been through enough, you know? It's not so much that we want it to be her jaw bone but if it was her's the family could at least know she's really gone for sure and eventually get on with their lives.

    Didn't Joran say that he disposed of her body in the area where the bone was found?

    November 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Joran gave more than one story. I tend to believe part of Joran's story about her body being disposed of from a boat into the ocean. Our Creator knows and sees all. The Lord Jesus.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Karen, so you think Jesus helped Joran dispose of the body? He could have stood on the water and pulled while Joran pushed her out of the boat. It's a theory, but I think we'll find it was one of his friends and not the son of God.

      November 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. christy

    I didnt want it to be hers,but if it was maybe it could have been a step closer for her mom to start the healing press. what i cant understand is it said there was a molar in the jawbone, but she had her molars removed wouldnt her mom have known that?

    November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karen

    Michael !!!!!!!! Natalee's father knew it was Natalee's jawbone. Are you, "most wise, Michael", going to tell Natalee's father that he hopes she is dead. What an ignorant comment. IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF Natalee is not with us anymore, I then hope closure for the family. Wake up and smell intelligence, Michael.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JNT

      how does her dad "know"? I wouldnt be able to recognize anyone by a piece of their jawbone- props to him if he can.
      I understand they want to know what happened to their daughter, I really do, I hope someday she will turn up, but he can just hope and pray and trust that the scientific facts are correct.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy


      November 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lostufo

      Karen did you forget ur medication this morning? You sound like a complete raving lunatic

      November 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      That's one of the craziest posts I've ever seen. She needs Prozac or something. It sounds like she wants to meet the parents and make herself part of this case.

      November 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Karen

    Natalee's family: If the family of Natalee sees this post, I hope and pray for a miracle for you to KNOW THE TRUTH and for our Creator to COMFORT YOU through all this insanity.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      The only insanity I see here is spewing from your mouth you dumb religious ho. Go back to your prayer study you worthless waste of human DNA.

      November 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Karen, people are sympathetic and everyone would like to know what happened to that girl, but get a grip on yourself and calm down. This bone becomes evidence in a possible new case, and DNA results will be supplied to law enforcement worldwide. Bottom line: It's NOT Natalee's jawbone, and God stood by while a rapist drowned her, and it's an ugly story with no happy ending. If this shakes your faith, go talk to a minister instead of yelling at us!

      November 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sharon zirn

    Case is not closed. An unidentified young woman met her fate in Aruba like Natalie.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rethink

    She had her "molars taken out"? All 16, plus 4 wisdom teeth? So she was left with 12 cuspids, bicuspids, and incisors?

    The dental records "determined" that? Or was it a person looking at the dental records that made the determination?

    We need to start a nonprofit which would provide English lessons for CNN's copy editors.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marco

    dyaaaaam....jawbone is human but not hers? How many freakin bodies do they have on Aruba. Well, at least I know Aruba is the place to go to get away for murder.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karen

    The question is NOT how does one know. The question is who LOVES more and who CARES more.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Karen, really... I hoped the family would have closure too, but all the LOVE and CARE in the world does not make a wisdom tooth, which Natalee did not have, disappear from that jawbone!

      November 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      Karen, posts like these is why you're here on yelling at people while real forensics biologists find out the truth. Shame on you for insisting that Holloway's father should believe a lie.

      November 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • some emo kid

      Actually, no, the question is "Is the bone from the missing girl?" Answer's no. Next question: Is Karen loony?

      November 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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