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Arrest Made In Natalee Holloway Case

The AP is reporting some breaking news in the May 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - Authorities have made an arrest in the case of missing U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, an Aruban official said Saturday without providing details about the development in the high-profile case.


Mariaine Croes, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office, said Aruban authorities were not prepared to disclose why the person was arrested or how they are allegedly connected to the disappearance of the American teenager on the Dutch Caribbean island nearly a year ago.

Croes would only say that the person who was arrested is 19 and has the initials "G.V.C." Authorities in Aruba typically only release a suspect's initials upon their arrest.


One site that has been following the case says that the suspect, 19 year-old Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, has a sister who is an Aruban police officer and that he's a beach bum who is a friend of Steve Croes - the boat captain who attempted to provide an alibi for Joran van der Sloot last year.

The AP report does not mention of the story from last week about Aruban authorities looking for a 20-year-old man who allegedly harassed a woman on the same beach nine days before American teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared, but their proximity could be relevant.


Update: The New York Post confirms the basics of the story, and adds a few extra details.

April 17, 2006 -- A Dutch teen who patrols the beaches of Aruba to keep them safe for tourists has emerged as a new suspect in the baffling disappearance of high-school beauty Natalee Holloway.


Aruban cops have arrested Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, 19, who's father is the security expert in charge of video surveillance at the Holiday Inn where the 18-year-old Alabama student was staying the night she vanished, sources told The Post.

The younger van Cromvoirt works as a member of the island's High Visibility Team, which keeps an eye on the island's powder-white beaches 24 hours a day in a bid to thwart crime against tourists.

He was busted after authorities took into evidence a white T-shirt with the beach-patrol team's name on it from his dad's security group, the sources said.

ABC has a picture of Geoffrey van Cromvoirt in its coverage.

Note: van Cromvoirt's first name was initially, inaccurately, identified as Godfried.


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Comments (7)

Lately I've had the suspici... (Below threshold)

Lately I've had the suspicion that Ms. Holloway may not be dead at all, but sold into slavery. Don't ask me why, just a gut feeling.
Maybe this development may lead to a resolution of the case.

Hmmm.1. Frankly th... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

1. Frankly that whole "slavery" thing is a bit beyond strange. There is a great deal of sexual slavery in the world still, but I seriously doubt Holloway is involved in any of that.

2. I've long held the suspicion that the police and the prosecutor have been working very hard to ensure that Joran wouldn't be indicted, tried and put in prison. They've worked hard enough to *not* properly search his car. They've worked very hard to arrest a number of other men in order to deflect attention.

And I'm personally not all that impressed with this latest bit. IMHO I think the Aruban people are getting hammered over this and are getting tired of it. Tired enough to want a complete change in government. Something that would be sufficient to blow open this case and highlight any illegal activities on the part of the police and the prosecutors.

Word to the wise: if you're... (Below threshold)
Robin Goodfellow:

Word to the wise: if you're going to get lost or kidnapped it really, really helps if you're an attractive, young white woman. Otherwise you'll be lucky just to get your story buried on page H6 of some local paper.

They are also saying his na... (Below threshold)
Jillian in Boston:

They are also saying his name is Geoffrey. His sister is a police officer, and a shirt believed to be his holds forensic evidence.. get on it...

Who cares? I mean I really ... (Below threshold)

Who cares? I mean I really feel bad for the family and what they have had to go through. But I also feel sad for the families of over sixty children that have been murdered in Philadelphia over the past two years.

So there; I guess it's just a matter of perpective. Honestly, I get the whole attractive white girl missing in a foreign country thing, and what it does for news ratings, but enough already!

OK, going in this direction... (Below threshold)
KGGG:

OK, going in this direction:
IF she was seeing this GVC and
IF she argued with him,got drunk and ended up on the beach with Joran and
IF GVC found her there after Joran (the jerk)left her alone,
then being so fond of CSI I would wonder if he didn't kill her in a crime of passion and his father erased all evidence from the surveillance tapes showing them together. Hey, its as good as anything the Aruba police have come up with, right? So far, I think all four of these guys are scum.

I just met Geoffrey in Arub... (Below threshold)
Sara:

I just met Geoffrey in Aruba last week. He seems very nice. He did not tell me he was arrested in the case though. Just found this out tonight. Very bizzare.




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