Two men arrested in the case of an Alabama teen who is missing on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba are expected to appear before a judge on Wednesday, according to published reports.
They face possible charges that include murder, homicide and kidnapping resulting in death, said their court-appointed attorney, Chris Lejuez, who confirmed that his clients had been recently laid off by a hotel where they had worked as security guards.
Lejuez also said neither had a prior criminal record, although one of the two was detained for being involved in a fight.
Meanwhile, say local news stories, authorities in Aruba are refusing to rule out an accidental death as they continue the search for Natalee Holloway.
Holloway, 18, disappeared May 30, the last day of a trip to the Caribbean island with about 100 other fellow graduating seniors from Mountain Brook High School, in Mountain Brook, Ala., where she is an honors student.
After scouring the island for almost a week, police on Sunday arrested the two men, who are Aruban residents, age 28 and 30, and worked as security guards at the Allegro, a hotel that is being renovated.
Holloway, who is 5’4″ and blonde, spent her last night at a beach concert featuring Boyz II Men and Lauryn Hill, then went out for dinner and dancing. She did not show up for her flight home hours later. Police found her passport in her hotel room with her packed bags.
The Aruban government and local tourism organizations have offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Holloway’s return. Her family in Alabama have offered another $30,000.