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Judge to consider whether to declare Natalee Holloway dead

Alabama high school senior Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a school trip to Aruba in May 2005. Holloway was last seen dancing at Carlos
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Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway
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(CBS/AP) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama judge has scheduled a hearing today to decide whether to sign a court order officially declaring Natalee Holloway dead.

Pictures: Joran van der Sloot, Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores

Holloway, 18, went missing while on a school trip to Aruba in May 2005. A suspect in her disappearance, Joran van der Sloot, 24, pleaded guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in Peru yesterday.

The hearing is at the request of Holloway's father, Dave Holloway. In September, Probate Judge Alan King ruled that Holloway had met the legal presumption of death for his daughter and that it was up to someone to prove she didn't die in Aruba.

Holloway's attorney, Mark White, says no new evidence has emerged.

Complete coverage of Natalee Holloway on Crimesider