Police Focused On New Witnesses In The Natalee Holloway

Police in Aruba have a few new witnesses from the late evening hours of the night Natalee Holloway disappeared, which appears to be guiding new search efforts.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – July 27, 2005 (AP) – ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Investigators trying to determine what happened to Natalee Holloway focused their search efforts Wednesday on a pond near where the U.S. teen was last seen nearly two months ago.

Authorities used a large pump to drain the pond across from the Marriott Hotel while investigators await the results of DNA analysis from labs in the Netherlands and the United States.

Authorities declined to discuss the exact purpose of draining the pond, but confirmed it was part of the investigation into Holloway’s disappearance on May 30 – the final night of a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island. The job was expected to be finished later Wednesday.

Holloway’s stepfather, George Twitty, who was at a nearby hotel waiting for results of the search, said police asked the family not to watch as they worked behind a fence to clear the water. “It’s the first time the fire department, the police and other authorities have collaborated on such a huge search,” the stepfather said Wednesday. “So they must know something. … There’s so much commotion, they must have a lead.”More information and speculation at Riehl World View and Scared Monkeys.

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