Wednesday, June 29, 2005

News In Brief 29 June 2005

Aruban Case Expanding To Europe
Anyone Named van der Sloot Being Rounded-Up

The case of missing Alabama teenager, Natalee Holloway is expanding, from Aruba, to Europe, sources close to the investigation are reporting.

Authorities in Holland have begun a round-up of anyone in the country named "van der Sloot" and holding them for questioning in relation to the Holloway case.

This latest action comes after this weekend's release of two suspects - party boat DJ Steven Gregory Croes and Paul van der Sloot, father of the main suspect, Joran van der Sloot.

The 17-year-old van der Sloot, and his two friends, brothers Satish and Depak Kalpoe, remain in custody, as they are confirmed as the last persons to see or be with the Holloway girl.

Holloway, from the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, has not been seen since May 30th. She was visiting the Caribbean island off Venezuela with about 100 classmates and parent chaperones to celebrate graduation from high school.

"It's pretty crazy" offered one Aruban Justice official. "They're pulling in everyone over in Holland. Anything to get some new leads for the case"

Holland officials refused to confirm or deny the arrests

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