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Natalee Holloway Disappointment, Police Call Off Search Spurred by Photograph of "Remains"

John Muldowney took this underwater photo in Aruba. (AP Photo)

John Muldowney took this underwater photo in Aruba. (AP Photo)

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CBS/AP) Aruban police dove several times Sunday and Wednesday trying to locate the remains of missing teenager Natalee Holloway. The efforts were prompted by an underwater photograph taken by a couple on vacation in Aruba.

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John and Patti Muldowney brought the photo (seen left) to the attention of law enforcement and the media, believing it might show human remains - possibly those of the missing teenager.

Aruban divers, however, didn't find any of the items in the photo, said officials, and have, according to CNN, called off this newest search.

Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Alabama, disappeared while on vacation in Aruba in 2005. She was last seen leaving a bar with Joran van der Sloot on the final night of a high school graduation trip.

Van der Sloot has been detained several times, but Aruban prosecutors say they lack evidence to charge him.

Police believe the couple from Manheim, Pa. likely zoomed in on some coral, giving the impression that it might have been a skull and bones, a police spokesperson said.

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