Natalee Holloway declared legally dead
Beth Holloway founded the International Safe Travels Foundations after Natalee's disappearance.
January 12th, 2012
04:33 AM ET

Natalee Holloway declared legally dead

[Updated 3:03 p.m.] An Alabama judge Thursday signed an order declaring Natalee Holloway  officially dead.  The teenager disappeared on a trip to Aruba in 2005. Her body has not been found.

[Posted 4:33 a.m.]An Alabama judge will consider a request Thursday to have Natalee Holloway, the teen who went missing in Aruba in 2005, declared dead.

A probate judge may make the decision at a presumption of death hearing at a Birmingham courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Holloway vanished in 2005 while on a graduation trip to Aruba. No one has been charged in the case.

Holloway was 18 when she was last seen in the early hours of May 30, 2005, leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with Joran van der Sloot and two other men.

She was visiting the island with about 100 classmates to celebrate their graduation from Mountain Brook High School in suburban Birmingham.

Van der Sloot was detained twice in connection with Holloway's disappearance but never charged.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him in connection with the killing of a Peruvian woman in 2010.

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    Pers realeas : van der Bijl got murded by the Mob- Frinds of Peter R de Vries over the book rights The Heineken -kidnapping‏

    The rights of the book are not from De Vries, who are originally from Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder and now the sister and widow of Holleeder Cor van Hout Sonja Holleeder.

    Van der Bijl is partly for these rights apparently murdered

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    January 12, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • mlr


      January 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Dude, if you are going to hawk a book to Americans, at least learn proper English.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jojo


    January 12, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Greg Haus

    Beth sure does love being in front of the cameras. Maybe there is a healthier way to deal with the tragedy of Natalee's disappearance? Just saying...

    January 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdm123

      that photo is from April, 2010.... just saying....

      January 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gracie

      your an a$$

      January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 4f

    If she is not dead she sure knows how to keep a low profile. With a mother like hers I can see why she would want to stay hidden.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlr

      you would do the same if it were your kid

      January 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      Do the same? The TV movie about the case is the MOTHER's story, not the daughter's story. It's like mom lived her whole life for this opportunity.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      This poor mother is trying her very best to keep Natalee's face in the news, just in case there is some remote chance of her being held against her will. How hard Beth has fought for her beloved daughter, and so many people think she is enjoying this publicity?? I would say to all of you who think that - you obviously are not a parent or are incredibly thick-skinned – or would be able to feel her pain.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      There's a color named after you. It's called "maroon".

      January 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RodRoderick

    I'm sure her capturers who are profiting nightly off her agree with this judge.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. libertylover

    I am sure this is something that isn't easy for her family and probably again opens very deep wounds. If my child went missing in another country, I would make sure my face and my childs name and face were plastered everywhere possible too. No matter the actions of Natalie before her death, she is still dead and a family still mourns so my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      Very well said!

      January 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mlr

    Rest in peace. I am so sorry for the family.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrism

      amen. God bless her soul.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rh

    I must be callous, but I still find it hard to cry for a blond-haired blue-eyed white girl who had enough money to go to Aruba for a graduation trip. Whatever happened with all the missing black and Hispanic kids?

    January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrism

      imo you are entirely over-thinking it. you can't allow yourself to feel sorry for an innocent young girl because there is unfairness in the world? how is it Natalee's fault that there is unfairness in the world? maybe she would have grown up to be a great journalist who would have brought much attention to the people who get too little.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mlr

    no testimony says she was acting like a ho – just a teenager

    January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Why is this still national news? How many other Americans have disappeared in the last 6 years and been relegated to the back page of the local paper?
    I guess they weren't as young, pretty or white.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicky

      Missing White Girl Syndrome.

      I feel bad for her family because I cannot imagine the hell they have and are still going through. But a spade is a spade, and if Natalee was a minority this would not be all over the news, 7 years later.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    libertylover – said it the best. While the thoughts others have posted have come to my mind too – but in the end there is the sad reality of a grieving family and a person missing whose whereabouts are unknown. That is hard to ignore. So let's all layoff and show a little compassion.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael in Houston

    geez...some of the comments on this page criticizing this young woman AND her mother, really lack class and compassion. Just becuase the daughter was out partying on a spring break does not mean she deserverd what she got anmd just because her Mother is out there in front of camera trying to bring some closure to this loss dosent mean she is a creep.
    Have some class and pull yourselves out of the gutter. Beating up on a dead girl and her grieving mother is not exactly impressive.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anon1234567

    Other sources reported that it was Natalee's father, not her mother, who wanted her declared dead. Something about needing to be able to transfer Natalee's college fund to her younger brother. Beth did not want this.

    The whole thing is horrible. I wonder if this family feels any peace after Joran van der Sloot's guilty plea in Peru.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Louise91

    Natalie has been missing since I was in the eigth grade, and has obviously probably been dead since then as well. I am sad for her and her family but I feel like the media should turn its sights on helping other young men and women who are missing and who might still be alive.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Todd in DC

    And if girls never drank, they'd never get assulted, and if they didn't wear certain clothing, they'd never get molested. Sheesh, why not just blame women for everything.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • loriey

      Nice to see a gentleman here Todd......nearly everyone has done something stupid male OR female at one time in their life as a child, teen, or adult...i.e. taking a ride fm a stranger when our car breaks down or hitchhiking...walking with someone to assist them in finding a place since "we're going that way anyway"...stopping at an ATM w/o looking behind us....paying a bill flashing money when others are around & then being followed out of the store...
      yes, often we make poor decision, sometimes we can simply be "grabbed" walking home from school or work w/o agreeing to "go with someone" we don't know.
      Sad to say, this is the way of the world.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      natalee's mother said she never drink and other stuff. who is she trying to fool people are not stupid. she looked nice and sweet but also you can see she was a bit wild. why would she take a ride with a stranger from a bar if shes with her friends. you tell me and the mother loves the camera a little too much. she should accept the fact that her daughter is dead and move on with her life. sorry for her lost but there are so many other people missing in each country in the world. some kids grow up very strict and sometimes break boundaries to get away from it. there is so much more to it even the mother behavior is bit annoying. anyways am not discriminating her but i can see through people and giving my opinion . natalee's mom please move on and go help others who went missing or apply for a job in the police department or FBI or something coz remember you still have one child alive and you should be there for him otherwise he would feel neglected ok and hope you fine some inner peace.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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