It has been nearly 10 years since Natalee Holloway vanished during a senior class trip to Aruba.
In the decade since she disappeared, few clues have emerged. Her case has frustratingly gone cold; authorities are no closer to solving her disappearance – although prime suspect Joran van der Sloot is serving a 38-year term in a Peruvian prison for the murder of college student Stephany Flores.
But now, a new witness has come forward, giving new hope that Holloway’s disappearance may eventually be solved.
The witness, Jurrien Dej Jong, tells Inside Edition that he was among the last people to see the Alabama high schooler.
“I saw Natalee Holloway on the last night she was alive,” Dej Jong tells Inside Edition. “I was the eyewitness.
Dej Jong told the show that he witnessed van der Sloot carrying Holloway’s body on the night that she vanished.
“I saw that Joran was chasing Natalee into a small building under construction,” Dej Jong said. “In about five minutes he came out with Natalee in his arms, and slammed the body of Natalee on the floor, and then he made an opening in a crawl space I knew she was dead.”
If this is true, why didn’t Dej Jong come forward sooner? According to the show, he says he was involved in illegal activities, and did not want to deal with the police.
The news was enough to inspire Natalee’s father, Dave Holloway, to return to Aruba to follow up on the new clues. A prosecutor is also taking a look into Dej Jong’s claims.
Joran van der Sloot has continually denied any wrongdoing in connection with Holloway’s disappearance.
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