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Natalee Holloway Center to Open in D.C.: Crime Prevention, Help Families of Missing, Among the Goals

Natalee Holloway (AP)

Washington DC (CBS) Five years ago, in May 2005, Alabama high school student Natalee Holloway disappeared during a senior class trip to Aruba. Next week the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC) will open in Wash., D.C., in a joint effort between Holloway's mother and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment.

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The center, according to The Washington Post, will be a nonprofit operation designed primarily to assist families searching for missing relatives.

The center's web site says the Holloway Center will be a crisis clearinghouse for families of missing persons in the U.S.and abroad, but also focus on education and crime prevention. The facility will offer guidelines for children and adults to travel safely, including creating a national network of college volunteers who will promote the group's safe travel program to high school and college students.

The opening on June 8 is a continuation of the relationship formed between the Museum of Crime & Punishment and the Holloway family. Last year Holloway's case was added to the museum's "Cold Cases" exhibit.

Holloway, of Mountain Brook, Ala., was 18 when she was last seen leaving a bar with Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot, then 17. He has been detained in the case several times but Aruban authorities have said they don't have enough evidence to charge him.

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March 19, 2010 - Natalee Holloway's Remains Found? Aruban Police Look into Underwater Photo


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