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. Reynardine Greencastle

    The first thing to do is attempt to date the remains. If they are subfossil, beach erosion may have uncovered a pre- Columbian burial ground. They may be from colonial days, or they may be contemporary with Ms. Holloway. If they are modern, it's time to see who else went missing; if they could be contemporary with Mr. Van der Sloot's visit, he may be a serial offender (I note his late daddy seemed awfully practised in telling his son how to avoid implication), and videocameras had better be checked.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. some emo kid

    ARUBA JAWBONE would be a great name for a rock band. I would totally go see them.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alien8

      I saw ARUBA JAWBONE warming up for MandibleChatter back in '96. Helluva show.

      November 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JLMD

    Hahaha! LMFAO!! "Start a nonprofit" PRICELESS!! I laughed for 5 mins! Wiped some tears! Fantastic!!......

    November 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Karen you are talking like an absolute fool. You know nothing about this situation. And how can you possibly believe that her father knows it is Natalee's jawbone? I promise you that your own family could never distinguish your jaw from another. So, get off your high horse, and go get your facts straight.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      She's the nutty religious type. God probably told her. Lulz. Hard to believe there are people that stupid in this day and age.

      November 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lukus

    Dutch, I don't care who you are in the real world. You give up a signal one more time, I'll bleed you. Real slow. Leave you here.

    November 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sean

    It said natalie had a molar, and the bone did not...did anyone think that the molar could have fallen out? ABSOL you sound like a brainwashed moron, on here tryin to spread your propoganda in support of Arubian Gov't. I understand that one can determine DNA from forensics, but with out a complete jawbone, how would one know if it was hers or not?

    November 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Duh, if the DNA was from a black or chinese woman, they wouldn't need the whole jaw to know it wasn't her. Sounds as if you DON'T understand DNA. Also, moron, it said she had her molar pulled, and this jaw still had one. How can you just go on and on like this, making yourself look stupider and stupider? Read the article, and then please go break your jawbone in half.

      November 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sean

    and have a solid case that it was not hers from dental records? im sure if i broke my jaw and then broke it again in half, it would look like half of the people on here. How can they come to such a solid conclusion? and if it isn't hers..then WHO'S IS IT?? Another missing person??

    November 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. i rock

    The parents were involved

    November 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. meee

    Karen is an idiot and ugly

    November 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    If the jawbone is not Natelee's,then who does it belong to?

    November 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CaptainObvious

    I always thought Urine Von der sluut sold her to some euro trash. Maybe I've seen too many movies, but it happens. Urine murdered the other girl for money. As far as I know Natalee wasn't carrying a few grand in casino winnings.

    November 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BegginStripsDog

    OMG!!!! Yummie yummie!! Karen!!! OMG!!!! Jawbones are Yummy!!!! Sniff sniff... It's Natalee's Jawbone!!! OMG!!!!

    November 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kim

    Another murder victim a man that has killed after the holloway killing it been five years an still no closure its sick that this young girl is famous in death i think that van der sloot is a l killer that lust for attention there are sick demented mind that have no sense of reason shame or concern for anyone but there own selfish existence. To bad they cant find that girl and give her peace and her mother closure. Just another sad cold blood murder with way too many twisted minds with opinions and no closure for the victim or the family.

    November 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Belinda

    Joran is a serial killer!

    Even though the jaw bone does not belong to Natalie Holloway, it probably belongs to another young victim. Serial killers tend to dispose of their victims in the same area(s). This young victim is probably from another country and not from Aruba. The FBI/Aruban police should still treat the entire area as a crime scene.

    I have a feeling that he has killed several young woman and he has hidden them in this one area and maybe other areas as well. When will Aruba stop thinking about it's tourism/money and start thinking about the serious crime(s)? It is bound to lose tourists anyway if more bones of other victims are found!

    November 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. meee

    Tony the tiger is a cereal killer

    November 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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